Feeding: Your new pet requires feeding several times a week. Try and avoid over feeding the fish. The best feeding regiment would be to feed between 4-6 pellets every other day. By skipping a day between feedings you encourage the betta to look for food it may have missed. You’re also keeping the waste levels down by feeding less.
Water Changes: The size of the bowl will dictate how frequently you need to change the water. A small bowl needs to be cleaned more often than a larger one.
|Bowl Size||Time between changes|
|1 gallon||1 week|
|2 gallon||2 weeks|
|3 gallon||3 weeks|
|5 gallon||1 month|
- Pour your fish (gently) into a small disposable cup with a few ounces of “old” water. Make sure that there is enough water to cover the fish completely!
- Now that the fish is separate, use your hand to stir the gravel well. Doing this allows any waste trapped in the gravel to be released.
- Occasionally it will be necessary to wipe the sides of the bowl to remove algae. Please use a coarse algae pad, not a household sponge that could possibly contain soaps or other chemicals.
- Next, pour out all of the old water, making sure to not pour out the gravel.
- Now fill the bowl with room temperature water. Tap water will need to be dechlorinated before you can add the fish back in, bottled water will not.
- Finally, pour the betta back into the bowl gently and wipe the outside with a dry paper towel.
Here are some common mistakes that new fish keepers should avoid:
Do not use distilled water, over time this will affect the fish,
Do not use any soaps or detergents on anything that will go into the bowl,
Do not put bowl in direct sunlight,
Do not keep more than one fish in this bowl. It is only large enough for one small fish,
Do feel free to call with any questions regarding your fish’s health or care required.