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Colors may vary per individual.
The most common type of tail type you will ever come across in pet stores is the Veil Tail. This type of tail is long, with a long anal and dorsal fin also, and droops down from the caudal peduncle. In breeding, a veil is dominant over other tail types and is therefore undesirable when breeding show Bettas. The term "veil tail" is often abbreviated to "VT". Veil Tails are now no longer accepted in the show Betta circuit due to their bloodlines being diluted by excessive breeding for the pet store market.
- 5 gallons is recommended, 2.5 is the absolute minimum.
- Smaller tanks are more work, requiring increased maintenance.
- No bowls. Those are for eating cereal out of!
- Betta fish are jumpers, always secure a lid on your tank.
- Don’t restrict access to the water’s surface, or fill your tank to its maximum capacity.
- Betta fish need natural day and night light cycles.
- Tank mates are tricky, research before adding other species.
- Never place 2 males, or a male and female in the same tank unless breeding.
- Females can live together in a “sorority” of 5 or more.
- Maintain a tropical habitat at 76-81 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Betta fish prefer water in the pH range of 6.5-7.5.
- Ammonia should ideally be zero parts per million (ppm).
- Nitrate should be less than 40 parts per million (ppm).
- Nitrite should ideally be zero parts per million (ppm).
- Use water conditioner/dechlorinator to make tap water safe for bettas.
- Use an aquarium thermometer to monitor your tank’s temperature.
- Filter’s reduce ammonia, nitrate and nitrite levels, and preserve healthy bacteria.
- Avoid drastic changes in water temperature and water quality.
- Use test strips to monitor water parameters.