So, you’d like to add a Betta to your fish tank but you’re not sure how to go about choosing the right one. No worries, we’ve got you covered. There are actually specific things you should look for when picking out fish to ensure you get the healthiest specimens available, and vibrancy of color is only a small part of the process. With that said, kick back, put your feet up, and read on for tips on choosing the right Betta for your home aquarium.
A Fish of a Different Color
Bettas come in a variety of colors and types. While rich, dark, jewel-tone colors are the most common examples found in pet stores, such as varying reds and blues, they are known to come in other unique and interesting colors as well. A Betta that is considered healthy should be vibrantly hued and lacking in discoloration.
Stress is known to affect their color at times, but this should only be a temporary matter. If it occurs after you bring it home, don’t worry right away. Once the fish is acclimated to its new home its vibrancy level should return.
Determining the Health of a Betta
Bettas are considered fragile in the sense that they don’t bounce back easily from things like neglect or mistreatment. When I say neglect, I mean not feeding them sufficiently or allowing their environment to become unhealthy. Look for a Betta with fins that are not torn or damaged in any way. Also, be on the lookout for lumps. Healthy Bettas have smooth, flat scales and gills, clear eyes, and are shiny in overall appearance.
Interacting with Bettas
Believe it or not, Bettas are said to possess the ability to be social creatures with their pet owners. When observing them, check for a willingness to continue swimming openly when you approach, versus backing up and hovering near the bottom of the tank or just out and out hiding. As with all fish, do not tap on their tank. Doing so will only freak them out and create stress.
Once their home and appear to be adjusting to your presence, try gently inserting your index finger just below the water’s surface and slowly move it around. If you’ve got a social butterfly on your hands, your new Betta should be curious and follow the motion of your finger. If they initially seem disinterested, don’t fret. He or she may be fatigued and resting rather than withdrawn or antisocial.
Bettas & Socializing
Do your homework before you purchase a Betta fish and bring it or them home. They require certain water temps and may or may not get along with your other fish, if you have any. Because they are living creatures, they deserve to be placed in an environment that will be conducive to their needs and temperament. Fighting or territorial behavior between your new fish and your fish already in residence will only end badly for everyone involved. Be a responsible pet parent, no matter what the animal.