Many people will all give different answers to this question. There’s a difference between surviving and thriving when it comes to space. A betta can technically survive in a very small amount of water.. but a small tank lacks space for enrichment and safe water levels. Larger tanks are actually easier to maintain since you can add a filter and do partial water changes instead of changing the entire tank.
My belief is that a betta should not be kept in anything smaller than two gallons, but others each have their own opinions and experiences. My bettas have always been kept in five gallons or larger. :)
Has anything changed in or around his tank? Sometimes a change in the environment can cause a betta to start biting. If nothing has changed, try moving something around inside of his tank or interacting with him more. I’ve found with some fish that ping pong balls will keep them occupied for a little. Boredom can also cause tail biting.
Some bettas can develop it as a neurotic habit and you just have to keep an eye on them to make sure the biting doesn’t turn into an infection. Hopefully you can alleviate your betta’s biting by providing some things to do. (:
On another side note, if you have plants or decorations in the tank just make sure that none of them developed sharp edges. Even a slight snag can tear fins apart.
How does what work? :O
Not totally weird, I had a male that was actually frightened of himself and would flee from a mirror. Some are very aggressive, others such as yours are more docile.
For fin rot, I’ve always found that clean, warm water and aquarium salt works the best. People have mixed reviews on MelaFix (or BettaFix), but I frown upon it because it is made Melaleuca oil and can damage the fish’s labyrinth organ.
If the rot isn’t too far progressed, try doing daily water changes and using some aquarium salt. It may take a little longer than using an antibiotic, but if you can avoid giving the bacteria something to become resistant to, you’re better off. :)
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I thought I’d take a moment to jot down what some of the commonest mistakes and misconceptions about Betta Splendens I know of. If anyone has more to add, please reblog and do so. Otherwise, I will add more as I come across them.
Betta like living in small containers/small containers are similar to their natural habitats. —keeping betta in tiny cups is cruel, don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. The ammonia from their waste builds up faster in smaller containers which is why most of them don’t live longer than a year.
You can keep a male betta with a female betta and they won’t fight. —A male betta can never be with ANY OTHER BETTA unless you are mating a male with a female, which should not be attempted by amateurs. FEMALES on the other hand, CAN live together in groups fairly peacefully.
Betta need shallow water to live in/betta will die in deep water. —I don’t know where this one started. It probably has to do with the fact that they DO need to surface for air. But I’ve seen betta thrive in “deep” water. They need shallow water to BREED, not live.
Betta don’t need a heater. —This is true in tropical climates that stay above 76f, but at temps below 76, their digestion starts to fail and they can die of intestinal complications. This is actually why some fish die soon after coming from the pet store. Big chain pet stores are air conditioned, unlike many small LFS who are known to keep their stores in the upper 70’s so they DON’T have to heat all their tanks. Living in a cold, cramped cup for a long time makes them sick, as does keeping them at home in an unheated bowl.
Betta can survive eating plant roots. —Actually, they are carnivores like cats. Their natural diet consists mainly of insects. They also eat tiny fish, crustaceans, or carrion. They do NOT eat plants, algae, OR peas. If you see one eating plant matter, they are probably starving or sick.
You can keep a betta in a community tank. —Yes and no. Many fish are aggressive to betta, and betta are aggressive to many fish. Strong currents are a bane to all betta, even short finned ones, as they live in slow-moving bodies of water in the wild and aren’t designed for swift currents. They may seem to do ok for a while, but they will slowly waste away from exhaustion fighting even small currents (or territorial fish) if they cannot avoid them in their tank.
I’ve done this on more than one occasion. :) As long as each of them is still being well-cared for, don’t feel bad! The only problem is when you take on more than you have time for.