Keeping seahorses as pets 0 305

Keeping seahorses as pets

What do you need to know before keeping seahorses as pets?

Seahorses are very sensitive creatures and require lots of attention for them to thrive. The main thing to remember is that they are marine fish, and therefore need a salt-water aquarium.

This can put some people off as it can be expensive to buy all the relevant equipment, however, if you follow good pet care advice, keeping seahorses can be a very rewarding hobby.

What do they eat?

Seahorses are fussy eaters and eat quite a lot compared to other fish, therefore they need to be fed often. They mainly eat shrimp, and this needs to be supplemented with frozen mysis. It’s essential that they are fed every day, so if you plan to go on holiday, make sure you arrange for someone reliable to feed them every day without fail. It’s dangerous for seahorses to be left without food for more than a day.

Where should I buy seahorses?

Try to avoid buying seahorses from pet stores. Instead, try to buy directly from a good breeder with an excellent reputation to ensure the seahorses have been bred in captivity. Never be tempted to buy wild seahorses – not only does this encourage diminishing natural populations but they also rarely survive in captivity. Those born in captivity have already adapted to tank life and are much healthier. Don’t confuse the term “tank raised” with “captive bred”. “Tank raised” can mean the seahorses have been raised in unfiltered seawater and therefore are more susceptible to the same diseases as wild seahorses.

Can I keep other fish in the same tank?

Seahorses thrive with other seahorses. Busy, aggressive fish can frighten them and make them stressed, so if you want to keep other fish in the same tank choose slower paced ones.

It’s also worth remembering that seahorses should be kept at lower temperatures because they are very sensitive to bacteria. If they are kept in water any warmer than between 21 and 23.5C, even for just a short time, then they risk disease. Other marine fish may suffer in the same tank as they require water temperatures that are slightly higher than this.

For more information why not join a reef club? There you will be able to get first hand experience from people already keeping these lovely creatures as pets.

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Betta Fish Care: How to take care of betta fish 0 1162

Betta fish tanks

Many people think of betta fish as “easy” pets to care for – and it’s true that betta fish care is simpler than caring for, say, a dog or cat. However there are some things all betta owners need to know, and like all pets, betta fish deserve to be cared for properly in order to live long, healthy and happy lives.

In this guide to betta fish care, we give you the essential info you need to get started as a betta fish owner!

1. Buying betta fish

Betta fish for sale
Buying betta fish

There are two main concerns when buying betta fish:

1. Health: This is the most important concern! It is important to know what to look for in a healthy fish, and to seek out the best places with betta fish for sale, rather than simply visiting the nearest pet store.

Only buy betta fish from a clean, uncrowded tank, with no signs of parasites or fin damage. The betta fish should be active and happily swimming around the tank.

2. Appearance: Once you’re sure that you’re buying a health betta fish from a quality pet store, you’re free to choose a betta that you find aesthetically pleasing in terms of shape and color.

Once home, keep your new betta in a separate tank to any other fish for at least two weeks. Look out for any signs of illness and only add the betta to a tank containing other fish once you’re sure it is healthy.

Find out more about buying betta fish.

Can Betta Fish Live in a Bowl? 0 245

Can betta fish live in a bowl?

It’s not uncommon to see betta fish being kept in very small bottles or jars. This doesn’t make it the right thing to do. Many people assume that because bettas are adapted to living in shallow puddles in paddy fields in the wild, that these are the conditions they should be kept in. This isn’t true; bettas enjoy having space to swim around. 

Bettas should never be kept in very small containers or bowls. Being kept in this kind of home can lead to them becoming stressed and ripping their own fins. Although bettas can be kept in bowls that hold more than a gallon, there are issues with doing this…

So, let’s take a more in depth look at the question: can betta fish live in a bowl?

What is the problem with keeping betta fish in a bowl?

Bettas are “labyrinth fish”. This means they have a lung like organ which enables them to breathe oxygen from the air. This helps them in the wild when they are often forced to survive in very low levels of water. This also leads some people to assume that bettas are suited to living in a non filtered environment when domesticated. This is not true. Betta fish benefit from having a filter in their home as it helps to develop a healthy ecosystem.

One of the main problems with using a bowl to house your betta fish is that it’s very difficult to have filtration in a bowl. It’s also difficult to heat a bowl, so you are reliant on using the room temperature to keep your fish healthy. Betta fish need to be kept in a constant temperature of between 74 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit so relying on room temperature can be very risky.

You can see that from a filtration and heating point of view a bowl isn’t ideal housing for your betta. You also need to remember that your fish will enjoy having the maximum amount of space possible to swim around.

Where should a betta fish be kept?

Betta fish should be kept in a tank that holds at least 2.5 gallons. The bigger the betta tank the easier it is to maintain and keep conditions such as temperature and water parameters consistent.

It’s also easier to maintain the right filter flow in a larger tank. Betta fish don’t like a high amount of flow in the water and this can be a problem in smaller tanks.

It’s important to remember that you will need to have a lid on any tank that contains bettas, as they can and will jump from the tank. Your betta also needs to have plenty of artificial plant cover in the tank, as well as a cave if possible. Bettas like to have a place to hide away and keep to themselves.

Your betta will be a lot happier in a tank that contains plenty of space than in a bowl where swimming room is limited.