This is a quick Betta Care Sheet that covers most of the basics of betta-keeping.
You can download it easily using the button below the sheet.
The Ideal Betta Setup!
Obviously there are many different ways to set up a betta tank, but there are some essentials that will make you much more successful, and here I will detail my favorite tank setup for a single fish.
Can you keep a betta in a jar, bowl, or vase? Perhaps in theory you can, but you will have immediately made betta keeping much harder for yourself and for your fish. There are three essential aspects of a high quality betta setup that should not be overlooked: your tank should be at least one gallon (2.5 is better!), and you need a filter and a heater.
After a filter and a heater, pretty much everything else is fair game: plants, lights, size and shape of tank (at least one gallon). I recommend a 2.5 gallon tank for your betta, as one gallon is small, even if it may be technically sufficient.
I personally would use a 2.5 gallon tank, with a Top Fin® BETTAFLO™ BF5 Low Flow Filter, and a 50W heater (I use one made by CNZ Lighting, sold through Amazon). I custom make my own lids, as it is cheap and easy. A 2.5 gallon tank, filter, one year’s supply of filter cartridges, and a heater will cost about $45.
And that’s it! I don’t add gravel or plants to my tanks, maybe only a silk plant if the fish is small, weak, or shy. This makes it much easier to siphon waste and debris from the bottom of the tank. If you’d like, you can also paint the outside back of the tank (I use PLASTI DIP®) to provide a nice background to view your fish on.
Advanced Betta Care