Basic Betta Fish Care 101 – What You Really Need To Know

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We understand that having a Betta fish is exciting but it can also be complicated. There are so many things to consider when you are about to get a new Betta;

  • What size fish tank is ideal for a Betta?
  • Do I need a filter for my Betta?
  • How much and when do I feed my Betta?
  • How can I tell if I have a sick Betta?

And those are just a few of the common questions people have about Betta fish. So we created this page to guide you through this process in the easiest way possible.

If you have questions or problems with your Betta this page should have the answer.

How To Use This Page?

This page has links to all the most helpful Betta articles avaialble on TFCG as well as an easy 7 part guide on basic Betta fish care.

To get started, check out our most helpful posts about Betta fish below. After that scroll further down and read the guide: Betta fish care 101.

How To Care For A Betta Fish For Beginners Using 7 Basic Betta Care Tips

Basic Betta Fish Care 101- What You Really Need To Know

Okay I get it.

Betta fish are awesome and you want one badly, but not sure what’s involved.

No problem!

Betta Fish 101 is a basic & easy to follow guide created to give the beginner Betta fish owner the tools & knowledge needed to set up and keep a happy and healthy Betta fish tank.

The guide is split up into the following 7 short sections;

  1. Betta Fish Tank Set Up
  2. Betta Fish Water Temperature
  3. Betta Diet
  4. Betta Fish Life Span
  5. Betta Mating
  6. Sick Betta Fish
  7. Betta Care 101 Sheet

In some of the sections below you may find links to  video or further reading, we suggest you check these out to get the best understanding of each topic.

Let’s begin…

1) Betta Fish Tank Set Up

When your ready to setup your tank it is important to select the right tank size.

Many people believe a Betta can be happy in a cup or small bowl. This is simply not true, Betta fish will do best in a tank that is at least 2.5 gallons.


Once you have selected your aquarium there are a few accessories you will need for your Betta fish tank.

Betta Fish Tank Accessories

Here are a few things you will need;

  • Filter
  • Heater
  • Temp
  • Light
  • Pump
  • Food
  • Divider
  • Decorations
  • Plants

Although some people don’t use a filter in their Betta tank I recommend you do. The filter will be used to keep the water clean, clear and free of toxins.

There is some debate on whether or not you need a filter for your Betta fish. For more on this topic;

Read: Best Filter For Betta: Selection Guide

Once you have all your equipment ready to go, your ready to set up your Betta Fish tank. We have an awesome post featuring 19 cool Betta Fish Tank setup ideas you can use to really make your tank AWESOME!

Read: 19 Cool Betta Fish Tank Ideas.

Watch: Betta Tank Setup Cool Idea

From Mario Antonio

2) Betta Fish Water Temperature

The Betta is a native freshwater fish from Thailand and Cambodia. That said the ideal temperature for your Betta tank is 72 – 80 with a PH between 6.8-7.4.

To get the right temperature in your Betta Tank might take more effort than just setting your heater. To learn more,

Read: The Ideal Betta Fish Tank Temperature.

3) Betta Diet

In the wild, Betta fish eat almost anything in their environment, including worms, larvae of mosquitoes or other insects, and even smaller fish.

Their natural environment is often resource-limited, so many Betta species have little choice of food.

With that in mind it is important you understand that a Betta is a carnivore and does best when fed a high protein diet.

Read: Can Betta Fish Eat Tropical Fish Food?

4) Betta Fish Life Span

Most Betta fish that are kept in good aquariums, fed on time and have sickness delt with quickly can live between 5-7 years. However, the average Betta will live to be about 3 years of age.

The better you care for your Betta the longer he will live, so treat him well.

5) Betta Fish Mating

Breeding bettas is a wonderful hobby and you can do it at home. But it is not something you can just start tomorrow. It requires time, resources, knowledge and commitment in order to breed Betta fish.

However, it can be a very rewarding experience.

When you’re breeding any animal you should learn everything you can about the species you are attempting to breed.

Read: The Quickest & Easiest Guide To Breeding Betta Fish which has 7 bonus tips that will help make breeding your betta fish a little easier.

Watch: White Platinum Halfmoon Betta Pair Spawning

From sK2Tuner

6) Sick Betta Fish

A healthy Betta fish is typically a very active fish, with vibrant colours and will eat regularily.

If you notice any of the following signs, it could mean you have a sick Betta on your hands.

  • Loss of color or appetite
  • Spots or fungus on body or mouth
  • Cloudy eyes
  • Elevated scales
  • Unnaturally frayed fins
  • Listlessness
  • Labored respirations
  • Erratic swimming
  • Weight loss
  • Bloating

To keep your Betta from becoming sick, always keep quality water conditions in your tank and keep to a regular maintenance schedule, water changes and good filtration.

Read: How To Clean a Betta Fish Tank In 11 Easy Steps.
Or Get: The 30 day easy maintenance schedule

7) Betta Care 101 Sheet

Betta Fish Care Infographic

From Visually.