Lifespan of a Betta Fish
These tropical fish are becoming very popular with the general public. They are origanally known for being fighter fish, and people have been known to wager large amounts of money or expensive items on these fights. However, they can also be great pets as you probably already know. So if you want to have a healthy and happy Betta, keep reading.The amount of years your fish lives is determined by the following factors:
- Home size: Betta fish can live up to twice as long in a tank as they do in a bowl. The average life span of a Betta fish in a bowl is only 2 or 3 years, but 6 or 7 years in a tank. A larger tank allows the Betta fish to get more exercise and it cuts down on the frequency of tank cleanings that are required, and that keeps the stress level lower for the fish. Chose a tank that holds at least 2.5 gallons. Five gallons is better.
- Water PH: A healthy Betta fish needs water as close to 7.0 PH as you can get it. PH test kits are inexpensive, and they are a must for any fish owner. You can adjust PH up or down with solutions available at your local pet store, but remember to make adjustments very gradually. Rapid changes in PH are not good for your fish.
- Water temperature: Betta fish need warm water. Purchase a good thermometer and make sure that the water temperature remains between 75 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep smaller tanks in a warm room. If you have a large tank, purchase a high quality water heater. If winter power outages are common in your region, have a plan for keeping your fish warm.
- Water purity: Betta fish need minerals in their water, but regular tap water can contain additives, such as chlorine, that can kill a fish. Luckily there are many inexpensive products that can remove these additives from your tap water.
- Water cleanliness: Betta fish need clean water. Clean your tank once a week if you don’t have a filtration system. Make sure you follow instructions for proper tank cleaning to avoid shocking your fish.
- Stress: Avoid making sudden changes to your Betta fish’s environment. Stick to a consistent feeding schedule. Maintain a calm environment for your fish that is free of loud noises and direct sunlight. If there are multiple fish in a tank, make sure they are not picking on each other.
- Food: High quality food is essential for the health of your Betta fish. Pellets can be easier to measure out, but it can take fish a while to get used to them. Try to feed your fish at the same time each day, and do not overfeed your fish.
- Entertainment: A happy fish is a healthy fish, so don’t overlook the aspect of entertainment:
- Ornaments and live plants add interest to the tank. Consult a reputable source for the best types of plants to include.
- Give the occasional live treat such as bloodworms, or brine shrimp to excite your Betta fish.
- Try introducing a mirror occasionally. Some Betta fish react quite humorously when shown a mirror, flairing up and try to look impressive. But don’t leave the mirror in place for too long, as this can exhaust and stress the fish.
- Feeling ambitious? Betta fish can be trained to do tricks such as jumping out of the water to grab food, “fetching” colored pebbles, or swimming through a hoop.