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Introduction to Betta Fish Care

Last edited - December 8, 2018

Oh no! It can't be! It seems you have been the betta bug. Quick, turn back now before it's too late. Ooops, too late. You are now infected with the betta bug. But what is the betta bug? It's when bettas take over your life. Their cute personalities get the best of you and soon you start spending more and more time with your betta, soon to be bettas. Maybe, you planned to go the the pet store determined to get only one betta but come out with six. $150 gone but that doesn't bother you. The bettas have you under their spell. Don't worry, the betta bug isn't bad. All it means is that you are (or about to be) a proud betta parent.

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History of Bettas

Bettas, or Betta splendens for the scientific folk, came from the South East lands of Siam, modern day Thailand, hence the name Siamese fighting fish. They first became pets around 150 years ago and became very popular. Although mistakenly known for its ability to live in "tiny puddles", its actual home is much larger.

For a more in-depth look into the myths and realities about bettas, visit the Myth vs. Reality page. And now for some quick facts.

Quick Facts
Size 2-3" (5-8 cm)
Temperature Prefers 78-82F (26-28C)
pH Range 7.0 is best, but can handle 6.0-7.5
Life Span 3 years or more with good care
Food Carnivorous - picky eater
Water Clean freshwater
Temperament Males are aggressive to other males. Females can be kept together in groups of 5+ preferred

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