Imagine owning a happy, healthy, and active fish that lives three times the life span of the average tropical fish. A fish that brings you enjoyment for many years to come. Commonly referred to as "Siamese fighting fish" Betta's and are highly prized not only for their brilliant colors, but for their long flowing and showy fins.

The facts reveal they're a hardy fish, but like many other types of aquarium fish, they require ongoing personal attention, and looking after your warm water fish should be your top priority.

To many owners Betta's are totally irresistible. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and breeds in over fifty types of colors. Whereas many other types of fish require elaborate and costly apparatus like filtration systems, tank skimmers, tank heaters and other aquarium equipment. Check out the varieties and learn how to breed and take care of betta fish.

You should check what the surrounding environment is like: Examine the jars the fish are kept in. See if the water is clean and clear in appearance, and with no traces of leftover food or too much excrement. When acclimating a fish check and see that there are no bad odors coming from the jar. Sometimes bad odors come from dead fish. Next thing to do is carefully and thoroughly inspect your fish. Check its body: It should be free and clear of any type of lumps or unusual shaped bumps. Read all about the history of betta fish. Its scales should be flat in appearance. Look for fish with missing and loose scales letting you know of any trauma and illness it may have suffered. Look for white colored patches on its body which could indicate a serious fungus infection. See if its stomach is swollen. These symstem could indicate that your pet Livida is not healthy and well because of diseases such as dropsy. Healthy fish are beautifully bright colored, and have no signs of discoloration.

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Strong & Healthy Fish

Whereas unhealthy Siamese fighting fish tend to take on a pale appearance displaying spots and shades of discoloration usually seen along their body or on their actual face. Examine the eyes: A truly healthy fish will display very clear eyes. You should not buy any fish that has been given medicines and whose eyes appear sunken or over bulging. Betta's are usually very active and should float upright, unless they're sleeping. Now, go slowly and bring the fingers of your hand close to the fishes body making sure that it's alive and alert. This is important especially when choosing to buy a Betta at a local pet store. Remember, a strong and healthy fish is almost always very active and alert and will instantly react in one way or another to your movement if detected, although a it may not always respond by flaring its flowing fins.

Choosing the Right Tank

Choosing and cleaning the tank is so important. Why? Because if you choose the wrong type it could easily make your pet fish suffer, not to mention you will be out of pocket. Decisions such as the right size of your tank, the right type of equipment for your tank, and things like the water filers and heaters shouldn't be overlooked.

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It's a good idea to do your research before you decide to invest in these items. There are several good "reference books" available. Most can be found with a quick search on Google. You should read the chapters on the type of tropical fish equipment you should buy, as well as, how to properly look after your tank or Persephone bowl. Enjoy a happy and healthy fish swimming in clear and clean water. Remember to choose the right bowl or aquarium tank providing fun and pleasure for a happy and healthy tropical fish. If you have housed your fish in three gallons of water (or less) make sure that you change the entire amount of water at least once a week. Make certain that you replace it with aged tap water of the same temperature that has been standing for at least 24-hours. Larger tank aquariums can use the cycling method. That means that about 20 to 30 percent of the water must be changed once a week. Many do more but many also do less. But they all replenish the water supply each week. You should only use boiling hot water to rinse out your bowl or tank. Also, make sure you have a secure lid because you don't you may lose a fish or two since these Siamese fighting fish are real jumpers. However, do not fill their aquarium tank or small bowl right up to the lid. They need to breath the surface air too. Make sure that you leave enough room to accomplish that. Keep these points in mind and you will have happy and healthy betta fish.