A Betta Fish Is Your New Best Friend

Pets can be cute, snuggly, and loving. But they can also be a lot of work. If you’re looking for an animal companion without all the hassle, a fish might be a good option. Not all fish are low-maintenance, but betta fish are the perfect stress-free pet.

Betta fish are easy because they don’t require a water filter. They prefer little or no current and do well in smaller environments. Be careful not to buy a tank that’s too small, however, or your betta will be unhappy. Betta tanks should be at least 2 gallons.

Betta fish are also not picky eaters. You can buy food pellets at any pet store and one container should last you for a while. If you forget to feed your fish for a couple days, no worries. The key to owning a betta is not to overfeed it. Just a pinch of food every day or every other day will work.

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One thing that is a bit tricky with bettas is the water temperature. They like warmer water, so it’s important to keep the temperature at around 72-82°F. Also make sure that your water is not contaminated with any chemicals that might harm your fish. You can buy water conditioner at the pet store to make sure your fishy friend is happy and healthy.

Once you have all the basics down, you can have fun decorating your betta’s environment. There are so many options to choose from, like colorful rocks, neon plants, and cute little sculptures. Bettas like to hide, so it’s important that you don’t keep them in an empty tank. Decorate their space and make it fun.

With everything set up, you’re ready to enjoy some quality time with your new scaly sidekick. Watching your betta swim around the tank can be very relaxing. You may even notice that your betta gets excited to see you and swims up to the side of the tank. If you have a really talented betta, you can even teach it to jump and take food off your finger. If you need a fun new pet that won’t drive you crazy, maybe give a betta best friend a try.

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Sarah Cookson

Writer/Dog Enthusiast living in New York City. Only goes to parties in hopes there will be a dog there to hang out with. Her resolutions for 2017 were to eat healthier and pet more pups. Bet you can guess which one she stuck with.

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