Betta Splendens – Species Profile

Right up there with the goldfish, Bettas are one of the most easily recognizable and commonly kept fish in the aquarium hobby. Bettas belong to a suborder of fish called Anabantoids, which have a unique structure in their mouths, a lung-like labyrinth organ, which enables them to breathe air. Bettas come in an array of colors and patterns. Their most noticeable feature are the male’s long, flowing fins. Females can be equally as vibrant in their coloring, but tend to have much smaller fins. Wild Bettas have much more muted coloring and smaller fins. Such extravagant decorations that are typical in the aquarium would be a hindrance to wild fish.

Care Level: Easy*
Preferred Water: pH 6.5 to 7.5, soft water
Ideal Temperature: 70 to 85 °F (21°C – 29.4 °C)
Maximum Size : 3″ to 6″ (7.62 cm to 15.24 cm)
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Top 10 Nano Aquarium Species for Beginners

First, let me begin by saying that some would argue nano aquariums are not good for beginners. With 10 or fewer gallons of water to keep in balance, it can take very little to tip your parameters too far in the wrong direction. That is to say when things go wrong, they go wrong fast! However the small size means that many types of vessels can be used as containers: jars, vases, buckets, tubs, bowls, etc… This makes the cost of getting started much less than with a standard aquarium.

When keeping nano aquariums, crashes happen. It takes hard work and dedication to maintain a successful aquarium. Having said that, a well-established, healthy nano aquarium is so incredibly rewarding.

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