The Right Sized Aquarium – Which Size Is Right For You

by whispaq on July 15, 2019

Deciding on the tank size is both a personal preference (how much room have you got to spare?) and contingent on how many fish you’d like to keep. Most all tanks come with a hood (a cover for the tank, think jumping fish) and a light.

A small filter is best used to help keep the water clean. A very small Aquaclear or equivalent Whisper Aquarium Filters on its lowest flow setting will do the job. As mentioned, Bettas are not particularly strong swimmers due to their long, droopy fins. As such, Betta tanks should only have minimul water movement, and the flow of the filter will be enough to keep the water oxygenated. In a smaller bowl, a filter may not be possible, in which case the smallest available air pump with air stone can be used to keep a bit of water movement but is not an absolute requirement. A small heater of 50 watts is recommended as well, as the water temperature should be kept around 75 degrees fahrenheit or so. That’s right, even though they are sold in cups with no heaters, Bettas should be kept in heated water.

TIP: Always have a second back-up heater in case one fails, and if they do, usually you will not have time to replace it before your fish are all dead.

For my theme I want to re-create the flooded jungle of the Amazon. Every rainy season the Amazon River bursts its banks to flood the surrounding jungle. At this time the fish head into the jungle to find a suitable quiet place to breed. This is the kind of aquarium I want to represent and will guide you through the process.

Provide your aquarium with 8-9 hours of light per day. You can setup an electric timer for this. If you have problems with algae in the future you can reduce the light by an hour.

Strong Scents. This problem may arise always but the solution is just very easy. You just have to do regular cleaning of your aquarium and rest assured you will get rid of these scents which might hurt your fish in the long run.

Convicts, like all cichlids, can be quite aggressive when threatened. You’ll need to watch your tank to be sure your little guy isn’t attacking (and hurting) your larger fish. You also need to use care when performing tank maintenance. They may have small mouths but a frightened fish can nip. It’s not likely they’ll hurt you, but you might hurt your fish accidentally, trying to get away from him!

When selecting a Betta from the store, your first instinct will be to select one that has the brightest colors, but there are other factors to consider. Does the Betta appear to be in proper health? Check for any cloudiness in the eyes or on the fish’s scales. A healthy Betta should be bright in color and have perfect fins that show no signs of degeneration. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, either. Have any of the Bettas available at that particular pet shop been sick? You may also want to ask to see the Betta of your choice eat some food. A healthy Betta should readily feed; if it doesn’t, ask why, and see if any of the others will eat.

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