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- Why Betta Fish Get Sick! Colorful exotic betta fish swimming around decorative glass bowls has become a very fashionable choice of domestic pets. It can be argued that they also compete with the humble goldfish in popularity. The people's curiosity for these unusual fishes does not end with the family, but you will also find betta fish bowls at restaurants, corporate offices and even table tops at wedding receptions. Betta fish is really a resilient fish that can stand water and tank conditions that many other fish cannot. Keeping bets in undersized bowls or glass jars doesn't let them flourish, but they won't be nice fish either. Without special regard to their environment and requirements, they will be stressed, leading to poor health and regret for the owner. So what special attention should they be given? Before I answer that question, we can understand a little about the background of the Siamese Fighting Fish. Bettas are native to tropical Asia where they thrive in groundwater, often found in muddy rice paddy ponds. Having a unique labyrinth organ at the top of the head enables them to survive in this oxygen-rich environment. Their labyrinth organ allows them to extract oxygen from the air and they do so by lifting their heads to the water surface. That's why you often see Siamese Fighting Fish hanging inactive at the water's surface. Although the betta fish is quite capable of living in small bowls or tanks, they prefer a larger oxidized tank to live in. A tank area of between one to three gallons is my recommendation. Mount a small filter on the tank. This will not only clean the tank with organic waste, but also oxygen their water. Smaller tanks, or betta fish containers, need regular water maintenance, especially if the tank has no filter! All fish produce waste that, together with remaining food, is built up in the tank and gradually flows. As a result of this decaying organic matter, nitrite and nitrate levels in the water will increase. Nitritis is especially toxic to fish and if it is not taken out of the water your betta will end up. Too many fish enthusiasts overlook nitrate because their fish bowl looks clean and clean. Don't be fooled by this because nitrite is difficult to identify by simply looking at your tank. When it becomes visually noticeable, it is often too late for your betta. Betta fish holders must check their aquatic water weekly for nitrite levels and perform daily water changes (renewed to one-third of tank water). This monitoring and maintenance can be greatly reduced by having a larger tank with a filter. When you drop your betta into their new tank or make water changes, it is necessary that the water is free of chlorine and that it is cycled. In an idyllic aquatic environment, waste is broken up by bacteria in nitrates and nitrites, and then other beneficial bacteria will discharge these, which keeps the water in balance. When you add fresh dechlorate water to.