Betta Life Span: Increase it with these Simple Tips
Betta life span can range from approximately 2-5 years in captivity. Generally they live 2-3 years but this is not carved in stone. If a betta is cared for they can live five years or even longer. The conditions of the water and fish tank should be consistent, clean, and well maintained. Additionally, it’s important that the type of betta has a good background.
When examining betta life span, make sure you understand that the fish you see in the stores are typically at least six months to one year old. There are a number of factors that can extend your betta life span. These include water conditions, such as the pH or acidity of their water, how it is treated (make sure to remove chlorine if using tap water!), and several other factors. The water temperature must be consistent without sudden changes, and must be warm since bettas are a tropical fish. What you feed your betta fish is also very important in extending betta life span, with variety and clean food critical to longer life. Of course, disease and illness prevention as well as treatment if your betta does get sick are also factors in their life expectancy.
Betta Life Span – Water Conditions
Water conditions need to be kept consistent and fall within the normal range for your betta to be happy. Typically, this will include a tropical temperature of around 74-78 Fahrenheit, a pH level of 6.5 – 7.5, and clean water free from ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. Make sure to review Water Temperature for Betta Fish and Water for Betta fish to read about maintaining the appropriate temperature and other water conditions for your betta. These articles go into great detail about keeping and maintaining perfect water conditions which will extend your betta life span. It is also critical to be very careful when changing Betta Fish Water and to make sure not to shock your betta. Chlorine needs to be treated and removed, the water temperature must be maintained, and the water should be treated for parasites and bacteria.
Betta Life Span – Diet
The diet of your betta fish also plays a major factor in extending betta life span. Generally it’s important to feed your betta a diet that is diverse and contains variety. You’ll notice that your betta is much more active and has a shinier color if his diet contains all the essential nutrition that can be found in a variety of food. Make sure to read Feeding Betta Fish for a detailed breakdown of all the foods you can feed your betta, as well as their benefits and risks. Everything from live food to frozen food or fish pellets has pluses and minuses. Generally a mixture is best.
Betta Life Span – Disease Prevention and Treatment
Generally if you keep a clean and well maintained tank as well as good, consistent water conditions, your betta will not get sick. However, it is important to treat the water with Aquarisol and some salt to prevent many of the common problems associated with bettas. Fungus, Ich, Velvet and other parasites or bacteria can attack your betta if the water is not treated or if you feed him live food that is not clean. The articles Betta Fish Illnesses and Betta Diseases go through ways to prevent your betta from getting sick, as well as ways to recognize the symptoms if he is sick and treat all diseases and illnesses.
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