What are Betta Fish?
Betta fish are probably the most recognized type of fish in the aquarium trade, and they are often sold in tiny cups of water, although this controversial and hotly debuted practice is considered as being inhumane by many hobbyists, despite the fact that betta fish are a quite extraordinary type of fish which takes most of its oxygen from the surface, meaning that they are therefore able to exist in oxygen depleted water.
Betta fish are bred in captivity, and what happens is that first the male betta fish builds a bubble-nest at the surface, which is done in order to signify his readiness to mate, and once the female lays eggs, the male then scoops up the eggs into his mouth and spits them out into the bubble nest. Then, the male will tend to the nest until the young betta fish hatch.
Generally, betta fish prefer warm temperatures of about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and while the betta fish is able to breathe oxygen and survive in non-ideal conditions for a certain period of time, it is still not recommended to keep them in a bowl or small container without heat and filtration.
Where Can I Find a Betta Fish Tank?
If you are looking for a betta fish tank, you can rest assured in knowing that there are many locations available to you that offer them. You can usually find a betta fish tank at any upscale aquarium store, although some will be pricier at certain stores than others. This is the same with basically everything else however, so as with anything else, when looking for a betta fish tank you will want to put some time and consideration into your decision, so that in the end you can get the best quality and worth for your money as possible.
Once you have your betta fish tank, you need to remember to clean it frequently, and platies, guppies, and other small fish are fine to put in with your bettas. However you should avoid small neon tetras, as bettas have been known to dine on them.
Also remember that although you have most likely seen bettas in small containers of water, you should refrain from doing this, as your betta fish will not thrive properly. Basically the minimum size should be a standard goldfish bowl, and 2 to 5 gallon tanks are even better.