Common Betta Myths (by Patches a.k.a goldfishgal)
Note - Please do not take this as the be-all-end-all of betta keeping. It’s just a few of the myths that get thrown around. If you’d like more information on the habitats, biology and care of these fantastic but misrepresented fish, check out these links! If you wish to keep a betta, the least you can do is your research! They are a little life who depends on you, not a novelty or decoration. Just be aware there is quite a bit of advice out there at caters to the myths.
Nippyfish.net | Bettafish.com
Feeding Bettas | Ethical Betta Breeding
First Tank Guide (has great info and tips on cycling your aquarium)
The Plight of the Betta (Includes a section on “betta vases”)
I made 2 Pinterest boards for betta tanks. One for tanks, kits and equipment that bettas might do well in/with and another for stuff that may be marketed towards bettas but are not very good at all for them or their owner. These aren’t exhaustive lists, but a point of reference to go from.
For printing/sharing elsewhere: a huge & a smaller single-page version.
I apologize in advance for any typos ^^;;;;;
Extraordinarily important information for those highly mistreated and ill cared for fish.
i used to keep bettas a lot and i learned a TON about them including how poorly they are marketed and how badly they are usually kept. Bettas are very fragile and need REAL Care and are not just decoration, they are still living, thinking, breathing animals.
Other things to note: do NOT put plastic plants in the aquarium, or anything that has a sharp edge, bettas can cut their little fins on it.
Bettas like to see other fish! I kept mine in separate 2.5 gallon aquariums but sat them next to each other along with plenty of foliage to hide in, and they seemed to thrive and not get bored and listless, but also they weren’t stressed or upset.
Make sure you get a gentle or under-rocks filter, because they can get their long fins stuck inside one!!
They are like puppies!! They react to seeing you and come swim over and do little dances for food. Maybe I am making it up, but they seem to be able to recognize people over time - they would get really squirmy and excited when I came by to see them or feed them, but they wouldn’t give a shit if anyone else came by.