Unique Indoor Betta Tank Ideas

April 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Unique Indoor Betta Tank Ideas- Guest Post by Peter Hartono
Putting your captivating Bettas in unique tank designs will certainly make them great conversation pieces. A Betta tank should be large enough and have a lid. They are excellent jumpers, and the lid will keep them in their tanks, not on the floor.
When choosing a tank for your Betta, your prime consideration should be the well-being of your fish. Bettas need adequate room to swim around and don’t really thrive well in small spaces. Here are some unique ideas for indoor Betta tanks:

 

Self-Cleaning Betta Aquarium
There are many sizes, shapes, and designs of self-cleaning tanks for your Betta. These tanks are quite popular among Betta owners for it saves them time for cleaning and maintaining a dirty aquarium, while preventing unnecessary stress for the fish. Self-cleaning tanks usually have a hydrostatic equilibrium system that allows pouring in fresh water while dirty water is expelled through a tube and out of the Betta’s tank.

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Recycled Fish Tanks
Don’t throw away your old coffee maker, wine bottles, mason jars and other glassware. Using your imagination and creativity, you can make awesome aquariums for your Betta using these materials. There are many DIY unique ideas you can find online to help you make a unique and visually appealing haven for your Betta.

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Flower Vase
You can combine your love of Bettas with your passion for flowers. Just make sure that your fish has enough space to swim in and water is changed regularly. An oversize flower vase provides a creative tank for your betta fish; just add your own tank décor.

 

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Hanging Fishbowl
Aside from being a unique way of displaying your Betta, putting your fish in a hanging fishbowl is an excellent solution to keeping your pet safe from cats and other curious members of the household.

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Aquaponics or Hydroponics
A hydroponic setup takes advantage of the plant’s ability to help clean the tank water, while promoting the Betta’s well-being. The waste materials produced by the fish are also good sources of nutrients for plants. In a way, this setup demonstrates a symbiotic relationship that can exist between your plants and your Betta.

Indoor Aquaponics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partitioned Betta Fish Tanks
If you have a large fish tank, you can divide it into several partitions using glass dividers, coroplast, plastic fly screen, or plastic perforated canvas, so you can keep more than one betta in the same tank.

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Aquafarm
An aquarfarm is a self-cleaning betta fish tank that allows you to grow herbs. There is a symbiotic relationship that exists between the betta and the plants since fish waste is used by plants for growth and nourishment, while the plants help clean the tank’s water. Most aquafarms that are available commercially already come with a set of seeds. Some aquafarm packages also include fish food and water conditioners to get you started right away.

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About the Author:

Peter Hartono is the founder and CEO of Just Aquatic – a proud Australian company that provides excellent online aquarium supplies for hobbyists to build their own betta fish tanks, nano tanks, fish ponds, freshwater shrimp tanks and other DIY aquarium tanks.

 

NOTE: The above article is written by an independent author and may not represent the views of The Refined Fin

Betta Feeding Tips: How Often and How Much Do You Feed Your Betta?

April 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Betta fish (Betta splendens), also popularly known as Siamese fighting fish, are well loved for their brilliant colors. Bettas are often recommended as a beginner fish because it is relatively easy to care for. They are natural inhabitants of rice paddies in Thailand, Laos, and surrounding areas.

 

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When feeding juvenile Bettas, it is best to have at least two hours in between feedings. Feeding time usually lasts for about two minutes, thus feed your Betta only what it can consume within that specific period of time.

As for adult Bettas, once a day feeding is already sufficient to meet its daily dietary needs.

What to feed your Betta fish

Betta fish are carnivores and their feeding regimen is quite diverse, ranging from pellets specially formulated for Bettas to live and frozen brine shrimp and bloodworms.

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Some types of food for Betta fish include:

• Betta fish pellets – specially formulated for Bettas and quite easy to find at pet stores.

• Fish flakes – quite cheap however some Bettas don’t like them; Freeze-dried food – these are often viewed as Betta treats; include freeze dried bloodworms and brine shrimp. These type of food should be given only as treats, thus in moderation, because some Bettas may not go back to eating pellets after they had these.

• Live food – quite expensive; include live bloodworms or mosquito larvae, and brine shrimp

• Frozen food – quite expensive; often used by breeders to feed their Bettas.

Betta fish prefer live food; however, it is more convenient and cheaper to give them freeze dried food. Feeding live food to Betta can be a challenge since it’s quite expensive, and needs to be kept alive until fed to the fish.

Overfeeding should be avoided since it can have negative consequences to your Betta, as well as the water quality in the tank. During feedings, it is recommended to give one pellet at a time, making sure that the fish consumes each pellet. Any uneaten food should be removed after each feeding period, since it can settle in the bottom of the tank, rot, and pollute the tank, creating an unhealthy environment for your Betta, and increasing its risk to specific health problems.

Another important reason why Betta should not be overfed is its tendency to become fat. Fat Bettas usually have a noticeable bulge around its ventral or front fins.

One important thing to remember when feeding live food to Bettas—bloodworms are known carriers of disease and parasites, thus be sure to wash worms thoroughly before feeding them to your fish.

When buying fish flakes, don’t buy ones with artificial coloring, especially “red 3 dye”, for this has been shown to make Bettas more aggressive, and “Yellow 6 lake” which has been considered a carcinogen. Being water soluble, dyes in fish food can also discolor the water if the fish is unable to consume the food that was given. Some fish flakes also contain wheat gluten, which is often added as filler, and can cause constipation. Constipation can interfere with your Betta’s swim bladder.

About the Author:

Peter Hartono is the founder and CEO of Just Aquatic – a proud Australian company that provides excellent online aquarium supplies for hobbyists to build their own betta fish tanks, nano tanks, fish ponds, freshwater shrimp tanks and other DIY aquarium tanks.

 

NOTE: The above article is written by an independent author and may not represent the views of The Refined Fin

Betta Bits: Betta Tail Types and Patterns

April 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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The different breeds of Bettas are often distinguished by their tail types and patterns. Here are some of the most common Betta tail types:

Plakat (Short-tailed Betta)

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This group closely resembles the wild Bettas. Because of their short fins, they are often mistaken for female Bettas. Although both male and female Bettas of this variety have shorter fins compared to other Betta groups, males can be distinguished by their longer ventral fins, more pointed anal fin, and slightly different body shape.

Veil Tail

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This is the most common breed of Betta fish. The name of the breed comes from the movement of the tail—tails arch up and float down like a veil. They have long-smooth-edged, flowing fins, with somewhat rectangular tails that angle downward. For breeders, veil tail bettas are considered undesirable particularly when breeding for show-quality form.

Crowntail

Crown Tail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also called, Half Sun, the Combtain is a result of crossing a Crowntail and a Veil Tail. The fin rays extend beyond the end of the fins’ webbing. The extension of the rays is shorter than that of the Crowntail.

 

Double Tail

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This breed of Betta has its caudal tail split into two equal lobes, earning the name double tail. The tail almost creates a full circle when flaring. Double Tails have two caudal peduncles, with shorter bodies compared to other tail types. This makes them more predisposed to Swim Bladder problems.  With their lovely broad dorsals, they are often crossed with other strains.

Spadetail

Spade Tail

 

 

 

 

 

Spade Tail Bettas are not as popular as they were in the early 1990s. Its name is derived from the wide base of its caudal fin that narrows to a delicate point, like a spade.

 

Delta

Delta Tail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delta Tail bettas are often mistakenly described as single-tailed non-Halfmoon (HM) betta. The true Delta tail has straight caudal edges like a Halfmoon or SDT, however the similarity ends there. The Delta tail’s caudal edges extend outwards from the betta’s back and don’t arch straight up. Also, their tail fins have less than a 180-degree spread when flaring.

Super Delta Tail

Super Delta Tail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also known as SDT or HMx, the Super Delta Tail possesses a fin type that is midway between Delta and Halfmoon. When flared, the fish’s tail fin spreads wider than a Delta Tail, but still not reaching 180-degrees.

 

Halfmoon

Half Moon Tail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halfmoons can easily be distinguished from Delta Tails by the 180-degree spread of its tail when the fish flares.

 

Halfsun

Half Sun Taill

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Halfsun is a cross between the Halfmoon Betta and the Crowntail. It is characterized by the slight extension of the rays beyond the webbing at the fins’ edge.

 

Rosetail

Rose Tail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rosetail is another variation of the Halfmoon Betta. The group is characterized by rays that branched excessively at the tips, creating an excess of fin that folds over itself, giving the fin a ruffled appearance, like rose petals.

Roundtail

Round Tail

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are single-tailed bettas that possess rounded edges. Round Tail bettas are often confused with delta tail, super delta tail, and halfmoons.

Photo Credits:

http://www.digiaquascr.com/

http://bubblesandbettas.blogspot.com/

http://www.fishforums.net/

About the Author:

Peter Hartono is the founder and CEO of Just Aquatic – a proud Australian company that provides excellent online aquarium supplies for hobbyists to build their own betta fish tanks and nano tanks.

 

NOTE: The above article is written by an independent author and may not represent the views of The Refined Fin

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Zooquarium Betta Fish Bowls 

Zooquariums make the perfect flower vase, as well as an excuse for a new pet! Add your valentine’s favorite flowers, candy, or betta fish for a unique gift. As the Zooquarium decorates the home your loved one will think of you each time they see it!

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