Saturday, May 02, 2009

A Breeding Betta Fish Question: How Many Days Can We Be Away From Home And Still Be Successful?


Hi, my daughters just bought your ebook (nice!), because they are wanting to sell Bettas to the local petshop, who are needing a good supply of 50 per week. My question is, how many days can we be away from home at a time, and still be successful at this fish operation? Thanks!

Tara in Kansas


@Tara: Glad to hear about the purchase Tara! Your family is stepping into a very fun project.

To answer your question regarding time away, you should be safe to go about your daily routines during breeding. The only times that you should remain around is during the early fry stages. They will require constant care during these sensitive periods.

We don't recommended staying away for long periods of time until the fry are past the 'fry' stage. Betta fish grow quickly so you can plan periods between breeding where your family can go away on vacation. You shouldn't plan any breeding if you expect to be away for more than a day.

Outside of the fry stages you should only leave your (adult)Betta fish alone for a couple of weeks max. Keep in mind they will require regular feeding and tank cleaning.

After a few successful breedings you'll get an idea of how things flow and when the best times are to be around and when you can skip out for a bit.

All the best to you and your daughters on your new business adventure!

Friday, April 03, 2009

Betta's and Filters

"XxKitKatxX said...

Hi =] I have a question- I'm getting a Betta fish in January and I'm planning to buy an Eclipse 6 tank with filtration. I had a Betta in the past before in a large bowl and it was a lot of work keeping it clean, so this is why I'm thinking about the tank with a filter. Would this be a good idea? Please let me know!Thanks =]By the way- I also have a Betta blog! Check it out =)"

Having a tank with a filter for your Betta fish can be safe. You have to make sure however, that any filtering system does not continuously cause ripples and waves on the surface of the water. Why? Remember your Betta is a surface breather. It has to come up to the surface air to breathe. When the surface water is rapid and splashes this can cause water to choke your Betta when she comes up for air, possibly drowning her.

The Eclipse series tanks are very nice tanks for small aquariums. Just be sure to ask your local pet store to help you select the proper filtration system and you should be good to go! Remember the less surface waves and splashes the better.

Best of luck!