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IMAGINE owning a happy, healthy and active fish that lives three times the life span of the average pet fish. A pet that brings you enjoyment for years to come. See history of betta.

These fish are commonly referred to as "Siamese fighting fish" and are highly prized not only for their brilliant colors, but mainly for their long flowing and showy fins.

Betta's are a hardy fish, but like many other types of aquarium fish, betta splendens require constant and personal attention and looking after your pet Brownorum should be your top priority.

Still they are very popular these days. In fact, to many owners they are totally irresistible. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and in fifty different types of colors.

Descriptions and Photos of 50 Betta Varieties

Discover 50 varieties of bettas! We've written-down all the stuff you need to know about each variety! Discover what each variety is like, how it behaves, what variety of fish you shouldn't be put in the same tank with another, and more!

Discover the varieties

Whereas many other types of fish require elaborate and costly apparatus like filtration systems, tank skimmers, heaters and other equipment. Check out the types of breeds and you could learn so much more about how to successfully breed and look after your pet Miniopinna.

Checklist for buying a fish

You should check what the surrounding environment is like: Examine the jars the fish is kept in. See if the water is clean and clear in appearance, and with no traces of leftover food or too much excrement.

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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 pet Pulchra.

Next, check its body: It should be free and clear of any type of lumps or unusual shaped bumps. 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 symstems could indicate that your Livida is not healthy and well.

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Betta Fish Tanks
Advice on fish care
Acclimating your pet fish
Aquarium filters and heaters
Characteristics of a betta
Changing your tank water
Checking water temperature
Choosing best tank plants
Choosing the best fish tank
Common diseases and cures
Colors of splendens
Don't keep it in a vase
Egg hatching and the male
Expert tips for feeding
Fascinating info on males
FAQ's for fish care
Favorite foods
Feeding hungry fish
Healthy fish supplements
How dropsy affects fish
  How to breed a fish
How to buy a healthy fish
How to care for your pet
How to clean a tank
Interesting facts female's
Keeping fish in a vase
Looking after fish in bowls
Medicines and cures
Names for your pet fish
Photograph and images gallery
Preparing a tank aquarium
Siamese fighting fish topics
Suitable tank companions
Symptoms of sick fish
The amazing history of bettas
The right fish supplies
What is their life span?
What fish thrive with bettas?
What is the right water to use?

Check For Color Discoloration

Healthy fish are beautifully bright colored (pictures) and have no signs of discoloration.

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Whereas unhealthy Chini 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 Falx eyes: A truly healthy fish will display very clear eyes. You should not buy any fish whose eyes appear either sunken or over bulging.

They're usually very active and should float upright, unless they're sleeping. Slowly bring the fingers of your hand close to your Pulchra to make sure that it's alive and alert. Remember, a strong and healthy fish is active and alert and will instantly react in one way or another to your movement if detected, although your crowntail may not always respond by flaring its fins.

About The Fins And Gills

Betta Fish Colors

Check that there should be no type of discoloration, body tears or noticeable holes when its fins are fully extended.

Sometimes it can be hard to check properly because the tiny bag used by pet stores makes it hard for a Halfmoon, Crowntail and Splenden to extend its fins. Nevertheless fins can get broken or torn because they are mostly kept for long periods of time in jars usually too small for there needs. When it swims about their protruding fins can brush-up against the container walls and can break.

You should also look carefully at the gills that they look smooth and almost flat in appearance showing no signs of splitting and peeling. Make sure there's no unsightly lumps or body discoloration.

Choosing the Right Tank

Choosing the right Tank is absolutely essential. 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 heater and water filtration system 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 pet Tomi swimming in clear and clean water. Remember, betta fish care is choosing the right bowl or aquarium tank that will give you hours of fun and pleasure from a happy and healthy Macrostoma.

Other Things To Consider

Looking after siamese fighting fish is pretty simple and clear-cut. However, here's some important things to keep in mind.

Follow these simple steps and you will have a happy and healthy siamese fighting fish. Contrary to most belief, these gorgeous full-finned lovelies require a minimum of one gallon of water and a bowl to suit.

Even two gallons of water would be much better. Ten gallons of water better still. But always avoid using distilled water as it's a big NO! NO! Try and maintain an even water temperature somewhere between 78 to 84 degrees Farenheight.

If you don't place your Picta in a room that's warm you will require a tank heater to maintain the temperature within the desired range. Temperature that fluctuates isn't wise for any tropical fish. That means siamese fighting fish as well. Burdigala excrement along with leftover food will quickly stink, and foul-up the water thus poisoning your Patoti-Unimaculata.

Why Water Quality Is Crucial

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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 every week.

Also always make sure 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 approximately 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 siamese fighting fish. For more information see betta fish.