How to Breed Your Beta Fish

Also known as Siamese fighting fish, Betta Fish are not the easiest to breed around. It is going to be a long process for you and the fish, so you had better be ready to come out of the blocks running. When you do it right, the results are going to be so good you will wonder why you had misgivings in the first place. When you do it wrong, well, there is going to be a lot of missed experiences.

Looking to get this project on the road? Let’s dive right in;

1. Choose the right Betta pair
A good idea would be to ask yourself what sort of fish you want in the end. As such, you have to choose the right colors, knowing that the product will straddle the fence somewhere between the colors. Obviously, you also want to pick fish that are in great health so that the offspring is perfect.

2. Set up the tanks
The male and female need to be kept apart. The male tank should not have any gravel on its side, and the female tank should be the one where live plants are placed.

3. The right food matters
Live food is a great way, and you can alternate between shrimps, crickets, roaches and blood worms. If this kind of food is unavailable, then you can always go for frozen delicacies. It is however important that the fish feed natural at least a week before getting introduced to each other. Read more here on feeding beta fish.

4. Introduce the pair
Place the tanks in a way that the male and female can see each other clearly. Watch how they respond to each other. Always avoid putting the fish in the same tank before they’re comfy with each other because that has been known to result in compatibility issues and even in some cases, serious fights.

5. Have them stay in one tank
When the male Betta has built a large bubble nest, then that is your sign to move ahead with the plan. Allow the female into the male’s territory and keep looking at the pair. At first, the male will run around the female aggressively, but let that not worry you along as it does not escalate.

6. Fertilization
Once the Betta are comfy, the male will try fertilization by wrapping himself around the female. When the female hatches, the pair will start putting eggs in the nest. When all eggs are in the nest, transfer the female back to her tank.


Tips for Keeping a Goldfish Pond

If you are looking to add something unique and more fun to 
your outdoor garden, then you may want to consider a goldfish pond. By following 
the simple guidelines that I am going to list in this article, then you will be 
able to easily create your very own goldfish pond.

How can you build a goldfish pond?
Building the actual structure of the pond will be the 
initial step to building your goldfish pond. The materials and tools needed for 
this include coping stones, a filter system, pond underlayment, pond plants and 
pond liner. The depth of the pond should at least 2 feet. It is very crucial 
that your pond provides enough space for the goldfish, as a suitable habitat 
will be imperative for efficient and effective goldfish care. Pond liner and 
underlayment are for lining the interior of the pond. You can start putting in 
the pond plants once you have installed a proper filter system. Coping stones 
are supposed to be placed last. They should surround the area of the goldfish 

What types of goldfish can you keep in the pond?
There are many kinds of fish that are worth placing on your 
pond but none is as magnificent as Koi. Koi is a breed of goldfish that thrives 
well in outdoor environments. The Japanese were the first to introduce goldfish 
and it doesn’t come as a wonder that Koi fish are one of the breeds of goldfish 
that live longest. They were often kept in small and large garden ponds in the 
homes of Japanese people.

Which is the best food for outdoor goldfish?
Many goldfish ponds are self-sustaining environments. 
However, in early stages, it is advisable to feed your fish once a day till 
there are enough nutrients in the pond for your fish. Once you notice that your 
goldfish are getting too fat, this may be a sign to that you should stop 
feeding them or feed them less regularly.

What else should you know about having a goldfish pond?
There are other things that you should regularly do to keep 
your pond free from diseases and clean. Check the PH of the water in your pond 
after every two weeks. If you notice that there is a high level of ammonia, 
change that water. Make sure that you have a well built-in drainage system 
before you put your goldfish in. Also, make sure that the temperature of the 
water does not exceed 75 degrees F.

All you need to do is monitor your pond well, 
ensure it is well maintained for your goldfish live for many years.

Best Food For Your Tropical Fish

Tropical fish are a beauty, fun and a colorful 
addition to your home or office. They’re slowly moves, and graceful fins give you a 
sense of calm and peacefulness. With the right care, they thrive very well. Caring 
for tropical fish calls for keeping the aquarium clean, maintaining conducive 
temperatures and most important of all, feeding them properly. Feeding is a 
simple process as long as you know your fish and understands which foods are 
best for them. Avoiding common mistakes will help you keep your fish contented 
and well fed. It is important to understand the eating habits of your 
fish. Study what they eat, when they need to eat and how often they should be 

Best Foods
keep your fish healthy and free from diseases, feed them with a great variety 
of foods. Just like human beings, fish also become bored when fed the same kind 
of fish food every day. The implication of this is that they eventually stop 
eating completely and you may not want this happening to your fish.

Tablet food
Tablet fish foods are a bit heavy and tend to sink 
to the bottom of the aquarium or pond. This is ideal if you have bottom 
feeders. However, this may not work well for all your tropical fish. Some will 
prefer to feed on the top, so this implies that you need to add floating fish 
food too.

Live foods
Most aquarium fish love live food. Unfortunately, 
 the majority of pet shops do not stock a large number of live foods. Therefore, you 
need to look for a good supplier if you have to provide your fish with these 
delicacies. Some of the live fish foods are; Spirulina, Tubifex worms, Daphnia, 
Glassworms, etc.

Dried food pellets
Dried pellets are appropriate foods for both small and large tropical 
fish breeds and are a popular choice amongst many aquarists. They contain most 
of the nutrients and vitamins that your fish might need. Dried food pellets come 
in two types. One type contains added air to make it float once put inside the 
aquarium. This makes it easy for surface feeders whose mouths are upturned. The 
other type of dried food pellets sinks to the bottom of the aquarium when it 
soaks sufficiently, which makes it perfect for bottom feeders.

Flake foods
Flake fish foods are the 
cornerstone of tropical fish diet. They are readily available, easy to dispense 
and store. However, you need to know a few basics about flake foods to ensure 
that whatever you are giving to your fish is the best. For instance, avoid dropping 
too much food in the tank.

The importance of proper 
food for tropical fish cannot be overemphasized. Worrying more about price as opposed to ingredients will not give 
you happy pets in the aquarium. Consider testing new “miracle foods” too in the 
market and see how your tropical fish respond to it. However, do not try this 
with your most valuable or favorite fish. Simply select a pair of cheap fish 
and isolate them in a different aquarium, feed them on the new food and observe 
their condition over time. If the food is good, then your fish should grow 
faster or become larger, become brightly colored or display other positive changes.

How to Combine Fish in Your Tank 

Moving to a new house can be quite shocking for almost every creature. However, for a fish, it is even more tedious. This is primarily because their water tank is utterly unfamiliar for the new fish, and also because the water used there is of entirely different quality. You should always remember that even the minutest changes in the temperature of the water, pH balance and other relevant factors make a significant impact on the life of your fish. So in order keep them healthy and completely safe, here are a couple of measures that you can consider to make an easier transition for you fish.

When you get the fish and are ready to add them to your tank, follow these few steps 

  • Most fishes come in a sealed bag, so the first thing that you should do, is to take the bag, and gently keep it floating right above the surface of the water of your tank.
  • Now, let the bag sit on the surface for around ten to twelve minutes.
  • Take a small cup, fill it with water and then slowly add this water to the bag by opening its seal. You will then have to get the bag resealed and kept it floating for the next ten to twelve minutes.
  • Keep continuing the last step till your bag us full with the water of your tank. Now, use a net to take the fish out and gently to combine it to the tank from the bag. Specifically, ensure that you do not pour any additional water from your bag into your aquarium.

Once you do this, your fish can now swim along the waters and explore the entirely different ambiance. Keep the lights switched off for a couple of hours. This will give your fish the necessary time for adjusting. Also, while you combine a new fish to your tank, try to look out for all the relevant indications of aggression among the population of your fish.

Things to consider before combining fish to your tank

  • Always talk to an expert veterinarian to ensure that the species of fish you’re adding is compatible with the existing species.
  • Ensure that your new fish is the right size for their new environment.
  • Check the quality of water before combing the fish. The level of chlorine should be that of zero, and the pH of the water should sync with the tank water of the pet store from where you got your fish.
  • Make sure that your tank is spacious enough for the new fish.

Fish Stress

One of the leading causes of death in fish is stress. Stress by itself will not only shorten a fish’s life span but fish that under constant stress are much more prone to getting diseases. Many bacteria that are commonly found in the tank, will not harm a healthy fish.

However, if a fish is constantly stressed its immune system may be compromised, and it will not be able to effectively fight off any bacteria.

Some of the common causes of fish stress are:

Relocation: When fish are moved from one place to another their stress level skyrockets. It takes time for them to calm down and adjust to any new environment.

Aggressive Fish in the Tank: If fish are constantly being harassed and chased by other inhabitants in the tank they are going to suffer from high levels of stress.

Water Temperature: Each type of fish has a certain range of temperatures that it considers to be normal. Any variation of this will cause stress. Keeping a tank either too warm or too cold will cause stress. Any sudden changes in the water temperature will also greatly disturb your fish.

Over Crowding: Any time that there are too many fish in one area they are going to suffer. Before buying fish make certain that you know exactly how many fish your tank can hold. The general rule is one inch of fish per gallon. Be sure to account for the growth of fish, because a tank that was sufficient for ten small fish may not have enough space for ten adult fish.

Environment: It is essential that you try to provide your fish with an environment that is suited to the type of fish that you want to keep. This means providing fish with adequate hiding places, having lots of plants or rocks. Making sure that there is enough room for the fish that like to have open spaces to swim around and having a good gravel that is not too abrasive if you have bottom feeders.

Water Conditions: One of the most common causes of stress to fish is poor or unsuitable water condition.

– PH level not suitable
– Water being either too hard or too soft
– Water being cloudy
– Chemicals in the water, i.e. chlorine or chloramine. The ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels are not balanced.

By ensuring that your fish is as stress-free as possible you can greatly reduce the chances of your fish becoming sick.