eta fish, whose geographical origin is Asia, and is known as a 4-6 cm aquarium fish with its Latin name Betta splendens, draws the attention especially in pet-shops with the magnificent beauty of the fins and tails of the males. Beta fish are one of the easiest fish for an amateur aquarium enthusiast to keep. However, these fish usually feed alone, as their behavior is extremely aggressive towards their own species and moderately aggressive towards other species.
Unconscious pet-shop owners and unconscious aquarium enthusiasts do great injustice to these magnificent fish, since they need to be fed alone and do not die even under extreme conditions. If you go to a pet-shop to buy Beta fish, you will see that these fish are almost "squeezed" into small pet glasses.
Beta fish are put into these unhealthy pet cups just because they don't "die". However, the minimum aquarium volume that a Beta fish should be fed is up to 30 liters. They cannot survive for a long time in pet glasses, jars or lanterns. Under these conditions, these delicate fish are subject to stress, which is the main factor in the death of most aquarium fish.
Natural habitats of betas; Swamps with dense vegetation are slow flowing or completely still waters. Shallow and relatively polluted waters make it difficult for larger fish species and other large-sized aquatic predators to survive. Also, dense vegetation hides bettas from the watchful eyes of birds and reptiles.
Betas cannot find enough oxygen in the waters of these regions. These fish have evolved additional respiratory organs called labyrinths that allow them to survive millions of years when the oxygen in the water drops too low. Thanks to their labyrinth organs, these fish can use the free oxygen in the air for respiration. And in this way, they can survive even in low-oxygen, turbid, polluted waters. Since most other aquarium fish do not develop such a respiratory system, they quickly die in oxygen-free water.
It is not difficult to understand what the beta fish feel when they are placed in a small glass or bowl. Let's imagine that you have been abducted from your living space by giants tens of times bigger and stronger than you, whose purpose you do not understand, and you have been imprisoned in a small, very uncomfortable room for you. This room provides you with all the necessary facilities for living. Your food is served (one of the most delicious), and to drink water, you have to spend some energy and take the water glasses by reaching out from a space outside the room. You can compare this to Bettas coming to the surface and taking in oxygen when needed.
Yes, you can live this way for years. But is it possible for you to be happy and enjoy life while living like this? Of course not. You know that it is impossible for you to escape from these giants and return to your living space.
Well, if one of these giants took you and put you in a place that is many times bigger than the little room you live in and very similar to your old living space (trees, plants and much more space to wander around) you would be a little happier and healthier, wouldn't you?
This is how you can describe life not only for Beta fish, but also for all aquarium fish. It is absolutely not the right behavior to detach fish from their natural habitats and sell them for commercial purposes. Unfortunately, today you can find unhappy, unhealthy and restless animals kidnapped from their natural habitats in pet-shops all over the world.
First of all, these fish must be kept alone in an aquarium. They are aggressive fish and they definitely fight with other fish. Because of these features, "Beta Fights" are intentionally made in different parts of the world and this is a very wrong behavior.
The maintenance of beta fish is actually very simple, but some people exaggerate this and feed the fish in a bowl, jar or glass. It should be noted that Beta fish are definitely not fed in a jar, jar or glass. The larger the area, the more resistant and beautiful these fish look. Well-planted, suitable for small or medium aquariums (25-30 Liter).
I was also very impressed by the beta fish I saw at the pet shop I visited last week. And with your help, I want to make aquariums that will make them feel at home and look after them with love.