Inverts For Bettas

If your tank is small and not really good for other fish, try looking at freshwater invertibrates.  Such as snails, clams, mussles, and shrimps. 

Inverts will give your betta cleaner water, and something to have in the tank that is living.  When thinking about ghost shrimps, always expect the betta to kill and eat it.  They can be small enough that the betta ma take it for food and eat it.  Nevertheless, they can be used for foods as well as cleaning crew.

Again shrimps like ghost shrimps might be eatten.  But conside ghost shrimp and red cherry shrimps.  Both are become more popular and easy to care for.  They will molt so remove extra skin if you see any.  They will help keep the bettas tank clean.  When you remove the shrimp from water, be aware. They can and will jump very far. 

Snails, Personally i am not much of a snail fan, But apple snails and ramhorn snails seem to be common.  They can exit the water so keep a good lid on.  I dont know very much about snails nor do i wish to learn, but that is just me. So you might like to try a snail in your betta tank.

Clams,  Love them.   I just started to get golden clams.  These guys i though would be very hard to keep, but they are quite the opposite.  Mines do just fine in gravel and in larger betta tanks.  They can move themselves with the lip that can come out, and they will feed/ clean your water with the tube that comes out.  They are not harmful to your betta and help clean the water.  Remember they are animals so dont remove them from the water for too long.  

Fresh water mussles.  I have seen these in petstores, never had a chance to try them out yet, but they cant be much more difficult than clams.  Probably great for larger betta tanks with moving water.

Crayfish.  I would probably say no, I have had a few crayfish in the past, and they have never been friendly with me. When i experimented with bettas, the bettas was kill and the fins were eatten.  I would try and stray away from crayfish.

Frogs,  ADF or african dwarf frogs are not inverts, but good forr betta tanks. Your betta may be alittle aggressive for the frog, but they will make good companions.  ADFs stay small, but will usually eat only worms.  Stay away from african clawed frogs.  In petstores these are often larger and albino.  These frogs will kill fish and eat a betta.

Heaters and Filters For Your Bettas

Bettas come from the hot waters of thailand. These rice paddies can get very hot due to the shallowness of the water. Bettas have a wide  tolerance range when it comes to water temperature. Their have been reports of the bettas lasting the night in peoples cars.

Bettas can also handle warm temps such as 90*F.  Room temperature is just fine for bettas, but remember the basics.  The warmer the water, the more active the betta is, and the faster the metaoblism rate is. Heaters come in a wide range of wattage and sizes. So there are a few out there good for ten gallons or smaller.  While it is a good thing to have a heater, it isnt really required when it comes to bettas.

Filters are not required, but like heaters they are recommended. Filters are great because they help keep the aquarium water in the best condition for your fish.  Long fin male bettas however, have special needs.  The current that power filters create isnt all that great for bettas. Their long fins often get stuck in the filter intake and cause the fish to have swimming problems.  Gentle filters such as sponge filters are best for bettas. These filters pick up solid waste in the water and also provide some chemical/ biological filteration.  Being air powered these filters can be adjusted to fit your bettas needs.  They dont pose any threat to bettas and would be a good addition to any betta tank.

Plants for Betta Fish

Betta like most Tropical fish would like to be in a tank with live plants. While some plants may require a ton of special attention, Live plants shouldnt be that scary to think about. 

Live Plants

Betta tanks can be bare, but it would look and run better with live plants to help purify the water.   This is a list of just a few types of live plants that are easy to care for and will do great with your betta.

Java Moss

Java moss is just like a natural form of algae that will just grow and grow in your fishtank. It is great as it provides protection for your bettas as well as great protection for baby fish.  It is very easy to grow and provides a great look in a betta tank.

Java Fern

Java ferns are out there in many different forms and sizes. Getting small cuttings would be good for smaller betta tanks. Most java ferns will grow tall so get ready to move the plant when it gets large.  Very easy, just burry the roots in the gravel.  The leaves are alittle toxic, but bettas wont eat them.


Duckweed is a good out door or pond plant, but it will do fine in a betta tank. The only thing to watch out for is it will grow and mutlipy fast. So make sure you keep some of the surface clear so your betta can get a breath.


Anubias are somewhat extremely expensive, but very undemanding. They are a hard lead plant so it wont get eatten by fishes. 

Fake Plants

With fake plants you can go with plastic plants for silk plants. Both fake plants will require a rincing once and awhile. These may be a good choice for people who really cant keep live plants. While they provide protection, they dont give the benefits of live plants.

Setting up BETTA FISH tank

This is the way i change my betta bowls. When you deal with alot of fish, it is always a good idea to change the container water after every 5 bettas or so to prevent any transfer of illness.

Before you Adding the fish

Remember to float your fishes first. This will allow the transfer of heat to reach equilbrium. This will reduce the chances of the fish going into shock. float the fish for about 15 minutes. When floating, add some of the tank water to the bag/ container.  It is a good idea to net the fish out, do not add the water from the bag to the tank.

After that…

After that, it is a good idea to turn off the lights and allow the fish to get use to the tank for about 4 hours before anything. try and avoid sharp movements, and loud noice. You do not need to feed your fish for this day.


Cleaning your betta tank can vary due to design etc….  The way I change my betta bowls is the by the following. 

1. Always do it by a sink and have 2 extra containers present.

2. Leave on container empty, And ill one with water that your fish can swim in.

3. Pour the betta water into the empty container and have a net to obtain the fish.

4. Once the fish is in net, release it into the second container with the fish water.

5. Rince the bettas orginial tank 2 times with tap water.

6. Use a paper towel and wipe the inside glass.

7. Again rince the container out one more time.

8. Have tap water sitting out for about 48 hours before water change.

9. Add some stress coat, and or aquarium salt.

10. Add the tap water or water that has been set out.

11. Scoop the fish out of the second container.

12. Release the betta into its tank

13. Clean up your MESS!!! 🙂

 When you have a fishtank with betta”s” in it. I would use the Python Water Changing System. It provides a fast and easy way to change water in a fish tank without the need for scooping out the water by hand. It is good for 10 gallons to 10000 gallons.  Good product and great not only for large betta tanks, but for general fishkeeping.

Acclimating Your Betta

When you get your betta in the mail, you should carefully take the bag out, but in low light.  Bright light might freak the fish out and it could go into shock.  Your going to need to float the fish in its need tank for a few hours.  The fish must have been use to a different water temp thoughtout shipping.  Again floating will allow the temperature to equalize and avoid shock.  

After a few hours, cut open the top of the bag and slowly pour some of the tank water into the bag.  Doing this process for a few hours will again be best for the betta.  After the betta is doing good and breathing normally, then turn off the lights and aloow the betta to swim out on its own.  Leave the lights off, and if there are fishes in the tank already, feed them. 

What seperates acclimating shipped fishes over petstore fish, is the amount of time. Your going to need to give the shipped fishes alot more time than petstore shipped fishes.

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