Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Betta Fish

Betta Fish

Review of Caring For Betta Fish: An Insider's Guide for Betta Lovers.

I bought this book a while back, when I was just starting out with Betta Fish. At the time I was the manager of a large pet store, which sold tons of fish, including bettas. It was recommended to me by a friend, who said it was the best book about caring for betta fish he had ever read. The employees at the pet store at which I worked agreed wholeheartedly. With such warm recommendations, I read it in one sitting. At the time I was having trouble with my Betta Fish, and because of the straightforward way the book is written, it didn't take long before I got the answers I was looking for. Thanks to this book, my Betta Fish have survived several diseases and damages that would have killed them, had I not read this book.

This book is a one-stop shop for all the information you'll ever need. Marcus Song, the author, even talks about overcoming the grief at the death of your betta, which I appreciate since I get very emotionally attached to my fish. But fortunately, thanks to this book, I'm confident that my future bettas will live longer and happier lives. In fact, every second I didn't know what was in this book, my Bettas were suffering!

Thanks to the excellent overview and order of the book, if something goes wrong with your betta, you will be able to find out where you went wrong and sort it out quickly. This book is quite simply a must for every betta owner.

The book is very detailed and tells you what you want to know in straight forward terms and in detail, without going over and confusing you. It is a very good reference book, which I have gone back to again and again. As the owner of a pet store, I have read every book about betta fish care there is, and this is certainly the best.

The book doesn't only cover how to keep your Betta Fish healthy and happy, but also explains how to teach your Betta Fish several tricks. It teaches how to train your betta to swim around the tank in patterns. Extremely cool! It also explains how to make your betta flare on command, which are what employees at my pet store do when someone looks at the bettas.

Do you want your betta fish to suffer because of what you don't know? When I was the manager of a pet store, I saw so many customers who obviously did not have a clue as to how to care for betta fish. So many bettas are suffering because of their owners' ignorance, this book should be mandatory reading for all betta owners!

With the way my betta practically dances in his tank, Caring for Betta Fish is easily worth ten times what it costs. Heartily recommended, a must have. You can get the book by clicking here.

Keeping betta fish can be a very rewarding hobby, but it can also become quite stressful if you don't get the right advice so be sure to check that book out.

Betta Fish

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Betta Fish

Betta Fish

Basic information about Betta Fish

One of the really cool things about betta fish, is that they have extremely well-developed eyesight. Because of this, the betta fish will learn to swim to the surface when it sees your hand over the bowl to feed it.

Betta Fish are also called Siamese Fighting Fish. The name Betta is pronounced as the Greek letter beta, and because of this, the name is often misspelled in American English, with one t instead of two. The name is however unrelated to the Greek letter, and is derived from the Thai 'ikan bettah'. In Thailand, betta fish is known as pla-kad. Bettas live in freshwater. Betta fish are one of the most popular aquarium fish, mainly because of its appearance, since betta fish certainly are not one of the easiest fish to keep in an aquarium. Betta Fish originates from the Mekong basin in Southeast Asia.

Betta fish grows to about 6 cm, and its life-span is on average four years, but well-kept aquarium specimens can live longer than six years.

Sometimes, when betta fish are aggravated, they "puff-out". When they are "puffing-out", the fish puffs out the gill covers and fins to appear more impressive. They do it to either intimidate rival males, or as an act of courtship (to impress the female :-)

In Asian countries, the betta fish are often used in fights similar to cockfighting. These fighting fishes usually have much shorter fins than the betta fish we are accustomed to see in the west. Betta fish in the wild usually have very short fins, but breeders have developed brilliantly-colored and longer-finned varieties.

Betta fish creates bubble nests, which are floating masses of bubbles. They are blown with saliva bubbles. These bubble nests are meant as a place for fertilized eggs to be deposited. The bubble nest is guarded by the male until the small betta fishes hatch. The bubble nests built by the male bettas are made from air bubbles coated with saliva to increase the strength. When the male betta makes the nest, it makes a louder noise then it does when breathing normally.

After the betta fish have spawned, the eggs floats into the bubble nest from below, or the male betta carries them there while holding the eggs in his mouth, as if he were to eat them. The male betta will then guard the bubble nest for the next 24-48 hours until the eggs hatch. He also keeps a close watch, and retrieves any eggs or fry that fall from the nest. He will also repair the nest by adding bubbles where needed. After the fry hatch in 24-48 hours, the father will tend the fish for the next couple of weeks.

Betta Fish

Friday, October 06, 2006

Betta Fish

Welcome to my Betta Fish blog. At this blog you will learn everything about Betta Fish care, and I will share my personal experiences and tips on how to keep your Betta Fish healthy and happy.