After you purchase your betta fish tank and the accessories that needed, you need to set up the tank for your beloved betta. Here the tips for you to know about setting betta tank and tips about betta fish care.

Choosing Suitable place to place betta fish tank

one of the example placing betta fish tank

The First Step

Before setting up a tank for your Betta fish make sure to place the tank at a suitable spot in your house. You may want to choose a spot that is near to the window but not directly exposed to the sunlight. Put the tank on a flat and sturdy surface so that it will not topple easily.

To avoid small children or other pets, you may also place the tank in a closed room that they will not be able to access. Do not place the tank too close to the wall as you will need some space in between (approximately 13 cm) to accommodate the filter and the heater.


The Second Step

external power filter

External Power Filter

The second steps of betta fish care is check for the manufacturer’s instructions manual that comes with the filter you bought because different types of filter require different installation methods. Two types of filter that are commonly used are the external power filter and undergravel filter. If you are using an external power filter, you will need to set it on the back of your tank and your tank will also need a lid with a cut-out to make it easier to install the filter that way. After the installation, fill in the tank with water then turn on the filter.

Undergravel Filter

Undergravel Filter

If you choose to use an undergravel filter, you need to put the filter plate in first and make sure that the tubes are fitted correctly. Then make sure to turn on the filter after the tank is filled with water.


The Third Step

Cleaning the Gravel before adding into Betta Tank

Cleaning the Gravel before adding into fish tank

This are important process in betta fish care. Before adding the gravel into the tank, make sure to rinse the gravel with cool running water to remove traces of dust that would clog the filter. There is no need of using soap in this process.  Scoop in one to three inches of gravel into the tank and push it slowly towards the back of the tank.

Put a clean plate on the gravel in order to prevent displacing the gravel as you pour in more water into the tank. Continue filling in water until 1/3 of the tank. Remember to check the tank for leakage while you are filling in the water. If there is any leakage found, fix it immediately before you proceed to finish filling and placing the betta fish into the tank. Remove the plate after you finished adding water.


The Fourth Step

Place the root of the plant under the gravel in the fish tank

Plant the root of the plant under the gravel in the fish tank

When setting up your live plants into the tank, make sure the roots are properly buried underneath the gravel. All decorations need to be properly anchored in the gravel so that they will not come loose. It is important to make sure that you have placed your plants and your decorations to your desire because it is not advisable to put your hands into the water again after you have done filling in the tank with water.


The Fifth Step

When the tank is filled within one inch of the top, turn on the filter to make sure it is working properly. See if the water is circulating smoothly, gently and quietly. You may adjust the settings if it works too powerfully.


The Sixth Step

Install thermometer in Betta fish tank

Install thermometer in Betta fish tank

Install the heater on the inside of the tank preferably near to the mouth of the filter to ensure the water get heated evenly. Then plug in the heater and install the thermometer so that you can start monitor the temperature. The heater need to be adjusted so that the temperature is between 25.6 degree celcius to 26.7 degree celcius. If you are using a tank light, make sure to check if it affects the temperature of the tank. If the light affect the temperature drastically, you would need to change to a better light before introducing your fish into the tank.


The Seventh Step

Water Conditioner for Betta fish

Water Conditioner for Betta fish

If you use tap water that contain chlorine to fill your tank, you will have to add neutralizer to the water because it reacts as dechlorinator and will remove chlorine from the water. Add according to the amount instructed based on the amount of the water in your tank. You can skip this step if you are using distilled water. You may also add in a dose of SafeStart which is a type of bacteria catalyst that can help promote a healthy environment in the tank.


The Final Step

Perform a fishless cycle to the tank to promote building up of beneficial bacteria population are important for betta fish care. This is to prevent the fish to die of shock when introduced to the water in the tank. You will also need to test the water with water testing kit to monitor the water pH, ammonia and nitrate to make sure that the water is safe for your betta fish.

The ideal pH should be 7 and the ammonia and nitrate level should be 0 before putting your fish into the tank. If there is traces of ammonia, you may need to use ammonia remover to bring down the ammonia level in the water.

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