Tips for Keeping your Betta Fish in a Bowl
If you love Betta fish but don’t have the space or money to pay for a large tank, then keeping a Betta fish in a bowl could be a good solution. While it is not as good a solution as larger fish tanks, there are simple strategies to make sure your Betta fish in a bowl stays happy, stress free, and healthy. Make sure to only keep a single male Betta fish in a bowl, however, since generally if you place more than one Betta fish in a bowl (especially males) they will probably fight and harm each other.
Contrary to popular opinion, keeping a betta fish in a bowl does take slightly more time to maintain healthy conditions than keeping him in a fish tank, even one without a filter or heater. This is because less water will mean more ammonia and other waste products as well as additional bacteria in the water, which results in a requirement to clean the bowl and change the water more frequently than in a larger fish tank.
Many other fish will not do well as compared to a betta fish in a fish bowl, however, a Betta fish is able to breath oxygen directly out of the air thanks to an organ called the labyrinth. This organ allows Bettas to extract oxygen from the air, while their gills allow them to extract it from water (to learn more interesting facts about Bettas, check out facts about Betta fish). They also produce very little waste as compared with other fish (such as Goldfish) and only grow to 2-3 inches in length. Therefore Betta fish in a bowl are much more successful than many other types of fish.
There are a number of things to consider before placing your Betta fish in a bowl. The first and most important is the size of the bowl. Generally a minimum of 1.5 – 2 gallons is best, but if you are really lacking in space you can purchase a bowl that holds as little as only half a gallon of water. Generally a container smaller than a half gallon will lead to a short and unhappy life for your Betta and really isn’t recommended.
Make sure to place the bowl away from sunlight, a heater, or any other areas that can cause the temperature to fluctuate significantly. One of the problems with having a relatively small amount of water is that the water temperature for your Betta can fluctuate through a wide range, which is dangerous to your Betta. You can place one live plant in the water, but be very careful about removing dead leaves, which are a major source of waste and poor water conditions.
While you can’t place a heater in a bowl, you can use a small, gentle filter with a pump or oxygenator which will help keep the water clean and oxygenated. Take a look at water for betta fish to read about treating the water properly and which water you should use before filling up the bowl.
When transferring your fish to the bowl, the most important thing to remember is to make sure that he is trasitioned smoothly with similar water conditions. This means the pH, water temperature, minerals, etc. are all very important to maintain. It is a good idea to use a separate container with some of the fish bowl water and some of his existing water as a halfway step to get him acclimated before the transition to the bowl.
If you follow these steps, your Betta should have a long and happy life. Follow these steps to make sure the Life Span of your Betta as long as possible and as happy as possible.
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