Specific Purpose: To inform my audience on how to prevent an early demise of their Beta fish (also known as Siamese Fighting Fish) by knowing how to properly care for it. Central Idea: Healthy Beta can live for several years if cared for properly and you can also make a great hobby when breeding these types of beautiful exotic fish. Ideal Audience: Any fish lover no matter how old you are will benefit from knowing the proper way to take care of your beautiful beta fish and surprisingly may develop a new hobby breeding betas.
According to Boruchowitz (2009), many attributes that betas exhibit make them ideal wet pets, but unfortunately other beta attributes have led hobbyists to mistreat many of them unintentionally. Even though betas have become quite the novelty in many homes and office desks, they still cannot survive without their basic needs being met. The sheer number of Betas sold every year is proof that most of these fish do not survive very long, and are frequently replaced (Burgess, 2000). If every Beta survived to their minimal normal life span of at least two years, the total sales would be a fraction of what they currently are.
A good breeding background and good health when the fish is bought will probably mean a long life. These fish have been bred over the years to enhance the fins and remarkable variety of colors of the males, as well as making them increasingly combative.
These fish do not require filtration but need the cleanest water you can provide. This fish bowl is one of the reasons why the fish can live a shorter life span. You need to have a tank with at least six gallons of fresh water for them to live in. The key factors for keeping your Betta happy and healthy are; keep the water and vase clean, feed your Betta a varied diet, and avoid letting the water remain cool (below 75) for long periods of time.
This might be hard to achieve with a pet Betta but the more you can replicate the Betta fish's natural diet the better off your fish will be. These are glass worms that beta love to feed on as well as brine shrimp. Proper diet will help them lead a long healthy life as well as enhancing the color of your beta. Now that we know that beta fish can be a decorative object in your home or office, we have to know that it takes some knowledge and work to maintain them in order for them to reach their full potential life span of four to five years.)
Environmental has everything to do with the condition and set up of your fish's home. When your Betta is stressed some bacteria can and will infect your fish and cause its health to decline (It is a slow process though), but Parasites can strike down every fish tank and eat off of your fish! Notice how sick these two fish look, they look nothing like the exotic beauties they are meant to be. What is Fin Rot? Fin Rot is a bacterial disease that commonly affects aquarium fish. This disease can easily be prevented by maintaining correct care for the fish and at the same time, very easily caused by incorrect care such as bad water conditions, and injury one way or the other.
Notice how sick looking & discolorated the top beta looks like. How sad. Left over fish poop and food that accumulates on the bottom should be kept out of the tank. This can cause the fish to get sick with fin rot which Betas are susceptible.
Male beta’s are very territorial and will fight another male. There should always be just one male per tank. With females you can have up to six or seven together.
Decorating your bowl may cause your beta to get stuck between or under the rocks. Fish sometimes tend to jump and can end up flopping around on your floor. You might actually enjoy watching your fish eat his live meal!
Regular cleaning is critical to successful aquarium-keeping. A recommend weekly routine including partial (10-20%) water changes, with the proper aquarium cleaning supplies is all you need to do it right. Gravel gets funky, tanks get scratched and dirty, and algae gets on everything, even ornaments. A dirty aquarium is not just ugly, it leads to fish stress and illness.
Revised Ppt Group Project Bernice Ruvalcaba
Life Span of a Betta Fish By: Bernice Ruvalcaba February 26, 2010 PSP111
What’s the life span of a Beta Fish? <ul><li>Average life span 4-5 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Pet or novelty? </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot survive without basic needs being met. </li></ul>
Beta’s in Pet Stores <ul><li>Are already adults </li></ul><ul><li>Some are 6 months to 1 year old. </li></ul><ul><li>Size: about 3” long. </li></ul><ul><li>Cost is about $4.00 each. </li></ul>
Maximizing The Life Span of a Beta <ul><li>Good health. </li></ul><ul><li>Good environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Proper diet. </li></ul><ul><li>Tiny grapefruit size bowls are not good at all! </li></ul>
A Beta’s Diet <ul><li>Beta’s are meat eaters. </li></ul><ul><li>They eat insects and insect larvae. </li></ul><ul><li>Often they will not eat when the water is too cold. </li></ul><ul><li>They can adapt to dry flakes and frozen foods. </li></ul>
How To Avoid Sick Beta Fish <ul><li>Poor water quality. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining water temperature. </li></ul><ul><li>Over feeding leads to constipation. </li></ul>
Important Tips: <ul><li>Do not put your beta fish with other beta’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Cover your jars! </li></ul><ul><li>Clean water </li></ul><ul><li>Good Diet </li></ul>
Tips Continued <ul><li>Do not decorate your bowl with rocks or marbles. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your tank, jar or bowl covered. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer live food once in a while. </li></ul>
Do Beta’s Need Special Equipment? <ul><li>They don’t need air filters. </li></ul><ul><li>A heater might be good. </li></ul><ul><li>Caves and plants are good for them to hide in when they are frightened. </li></ul>
References <ul><li>http://www.better-bettas.com/a/lifespan-of-a-betta-fish.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>Boruchowitz, David E. Animal Planet: Aquarium Care of Betas , T.F.H. Publications: </li></ul><ul><li>Neptune City, NJ. 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Burgess, Bailey M. Tropical Fishlopedia. Howell Books New York, 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.freshquarium.about.com/anabantids2/p/betta.html </li></ul><ul><li>Betta fish are beautiful . (2008). [Web]. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Retrieved from http://www.bettafish.com/ </li></ul></ul>