The idea of a self-cleaning aquarium that requires little to no maintenance certainly sounds appealing, but the reality of these tanks doesn’t always live up to the marketing.
Most self-cleaning tanks are too small to keep a Betta fish happy, they don’t always function as the manufacturers claim, they may be expensive, and you’ll still have to perform regular maintenance.
For more on the process of setting up a traditional fish tank to be virtually maintenance-free, check out this video below:
Sticking to the basics of a larger tank, proper filtration, and regular water changes goes a long way towards building a healthy fish tank that won’t cause you a headache.
The items on our list of 7 better options than a self-cleaning Betta fish tank will cut down on your workload and keep your fish happy.
If you have the right tank setup, select the right tankmates, and are able to perform some basic maintenance, you can create a healthy Betta aquarium that requires very little cleaning.
Your fish will appreciate the extra space and more natural ecosystem, and he’ll reward you with energetic playfulness and a long life.
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Can you get self-cleaning fish tanks?
Yes, Self-cleaning tanks come in two wide varieties.
- Gravity tanks that automatically pump the waste out of the tank’s bottom as you add more water.
- Hydroponics tanks that use fish waste as fertilizer while their roots filter the water.
How long do you wait to clean a betta fish tank?
In general, you should aim to clean your tank at least once every two weeks. However, the time between cleanings depends on many things but the main factors that determine when you should clean your tank are water quality, your stocking load, and whether or not you have live plants.
Can a betta fish die from a dirty tank?
Yes, in fact, all fish can die from a dirty tank. Depending on how dirty, toxic, or foul the tank water has become, your fish can experience health issues, infections, breathing problems, and ultimately death if the water quality is poor for a prolonged period of time.
Further Reading: Check out our HUGE list of the 12 Best Betta Fish Tanks that look great and give you a great start on caring for your Betta.