3 Things You Should Do When Buying And Caring For Your Betta Fish


There are things that may need to know about or do when getting a betta fish. These things I feature can help assure you that you’re getting a healthy betta fish and that you’re not getting a sickly one, as well as other information that can help you when you first get your betta.

Check for illnesses and injuries

Obviously, this may be a good step to take when picking out your betta. Some common symptoms such as lethargy are super common and generally the #1 symptom for most illnesses in betta fish. Here are some symptoms you may should look for when getting your betta fish.

  • Rotting fins
  • Ripped Fins
  • Floating at an irregular way – lethargy
  • No or very little response when container is tapped
  • bland coloring on betta
  • Injuries, areas on body or fin where it is red and fleshy
  • Golden “dust” on betta fish (commonly reported as a possible sign for velvet)

If the water is blue, than it may another sign that the betta is sick, but this is not to do with the sickness. This is just a medicine the pet store could be using to aid the betta. They tend to do this when the betta is sickly.

Symptoms for a healthy betta includes …

  • Vibrant coloring on betta fish
  • Lush fins
  • Active
  • Respond to tapping

Let your betta fish get use to it’s new environment

Once you actually get your betta fish, try letting your fish get used to it’s environment. All you need to do is after you feed it give it till the next day to rest and explore. Just stand away for a day or so, then you can start training it and interacting with it. You don’t necessarily have to, but it may be a nice precaution so it doesn’t get sick or stressed out too much.

You may also get your betta used to the other fish in the tank if you have any. Your betta may be curious and decide to explore and see what your mystery snail is doing on the wall of your aquarium as an example, or look at your neon tetras. If you do have other fish, consider getting a female or a passive male.

Check for signs of stress when it’s home

You can also try looking after a few days for any signs of stress for your betta fish. From my research, bettas can get stressed after they’re transferred to the new tank. According to Betta Fish Care Guide, some of the symptoms of stress can be …

  • Lack of appetite
  • Skittish swimming behavior
  • Hiding a lot
  • bland color

To read the resource where I got this information from, click here.

These are just good thing you should do. All these tips can simply make sure you have a healthy betta fish.

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  • I thought you can’t get only one female…and a passive male? Those are strange recommendations.

    • Hi, Simone! Thank you so much for commenting! From what I understand, bettas have their own personalities and it all depends on the betta fish. Some females may even be aggressive. That’s why you should always check to see if the betta is aggressive or not. That I know of, females tend have a tendency to be less aggressive. In fact, I have a female betta right now in my 10 gallon community tank, but that doesn’t mean that all females are docile. Again, it really all depends on the individual. I personally would avoid male bettas in community tanks just because I don’t want to take any chances.

      Thank you,

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