TAKING HOME ONE OF OUR SIAMESE FIGHTERS
Here’s what you will need to know if you take home a Siamese Fighter:
Siamese fighters (aka bettas) are a tropical fish, from the paddy fields, gullies & slow flowing streams of South-East Asia. They’re extremely territorial, defend their environment aggressively & have a labyrinth which allows them to breath from the surface.
Most tanks are suitable & can be made of plastic or glass. Don’t keep fighters in community tanks & never house then with another. Keep a lid on or do not fill the water to the top, they can leap.
Fighting fish prefer a warmer environment. A heater & thermometer are necessary to maintain the temperature at 25c (fluctuations are stressful to your fish). Do not keep near a window.
Gravel is helpful with filtration (a gravel syphon weekly will help keep it clean).
Fighters are inquisitive & enjoy a tank with plenty of entertainment. Plastic or silk plants, ornaments & rocks decorate the tank & provide a place to hide.
Live plants oxygenate & absorb nitrate helping to reduce algae (Algae clear can be added weekly). A net should always be used.
Fighters have an upturned mouth, perfect for eating Betta pellets. Small amounts of frozen or dried bloodworms, spirulina & live plants can be added as a treat (feed small feeds 3 x daily). Never feed more than he can eat in one minute (aprox 2-3 pellets). If food sinks to the bottom remove with your net & decrease the amount of the next feed. Fish will eat less in winter.
Water changes depend on the volume of your tank. Most small tanks will need 25% of the water changed weekly. Never change all of the water.
Water ager/safe (essential every time you add tap water) will remove chlorine, chloramine & heavy metals from tap water (deadly to your fish). Do not use filtered water, it’s too soft (not enough minerals). Leaving your tap water for a period of time will not remove all of the harmful metals.
Bio-start/bacteria breaks down the ammonia fighters secrete (essential when you set up a new tank & after your water change).
pH neutralizing block, will maintain a healthy environment (replace once it has completely dissolved).
Don’t worry about bubbles on top of the tank, a bubble nest just means he’s ready to breed. You can put a small mirror against the tank and he’ll attack his reflection, keeping exercised.
This information is only meant as a guide. Do not hesitate us with any questions.