Betta Fish For Sale: How to Buy Betta Fish 0 195

Betta fish for sale

You will easily find various species of betta fish for sale in aquatic retailers that deal in tropical fish. However, when buying bettas, 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.

In this article, we will offer some advice on the best places to buy betta fish, and what to look for in a healthy betta.

Where to buy betta fish

If you simply wish to add some betta fish to a community tank or start off a betta tank with no future plans to breed your fish, you should be able to buy them relatively easily from pet stores, aquatic retailers and sometimes, other fish keepers.

However, if you wish to breed from your fish or are looking for highly distinctive, top quality specimens, you may have to look more carefully!

Bettas for breeding should be relatively young, and the most vibrant and ideal specimens are unlikely to sold openly within hobbyist pet stores. You may have to order online from a specialist breeder, or join a betta enthusiasts club and enquire about bettas for sale for breeding or showing purposes.

What to look for when buying betta fish

Obviously you will want to ensure that any bettas you buy are healthy, so it is important to know what to look for when purchasing betta fish.

First of all, don’t buy a betta, even one that looks healthy, from a tank that appears to be overcrowded, or that contains any fish that look unhealthy. Check the general cleanliness and quality of the condition of the tank too. This will give you the best chance of picking a fish that will not prove to be sickly when you get it home.

Look carefully at the fish that you are considering and discount any fish that have ragged or damaged fins and tails, as this can indicate a stressed fish or even one that is unwell.

The fish that you seriously consider should be relatively active, swimming normally, and not appear uncomfortable, hurt or hunched up.

Look closely at the fish to see if you can identify the signs of any parasites or diseases, such as fin rot, white spot or ich. If the fish appear to be healthy and they are sharing their tank with other healthy fish, you should be good to go!

Quarantine

Even if you are as confident as you can be that the fish you have brought home are healthy, it is important to quarantine them for 14 days before introducing them into your main tank. This ensures that no illnesses or diseases that the fish may be harboring will be introduced to your main tank.

If the fish seems unwell or appears to be harboring parasites within the first 14 days, return them to the seller, and consider buying from elsewhere. There is a strong possibility that other fish within the store will also have contracted the same health problems.

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Should you choose a chameleon as a pet? 0 1075

Pet chameleon

Chameleons are not the easiest pet to take care of, and are more for the advanced reptile enthusiast. That said, they are beautiful creatures and they can thrive if well looked after.

Our pet care advice below will help you decide whether a chameleon is right for you:

Different types of chameleon

There are a few different chameleons suitable to be kept as pets: The Veiled or Yemen Chameleon is one of the easier species to keep. They can grow to two feet, so make sure you consider that when buying a cage.

Panther Chameleons are active during the day, and require a similar environment to the veiled chameleon. They grow up to about 20 inches.

Jackson’s chameleons are the smallest of these three breeds, and grow to around 10 inches. Some species of Jackson’s chameleons also have a horn.

All chameleons prefer not to be handled, and need to be housed on their own. If you want to breed your chameleons, make sure you look into this carefully.

Getting the environment right

A chameleon’s natural habitat is the humid rainforests and arid deserts, so they need a humid environment with enough space to allow for their tree climbing – the minimum size is three feet by three feet by four feet tall.

You’ll need to include lots of tree branches and foliage within the cage. The chameleon likes to bask, and you’ll need different basking spots, in a range of different temperatures, depending on your type of chameleon.

You’ll also need UV lighting that’s designed for reptiles as well as a misting system if you’re not going to be there to ensure humidity is at the right level. Misting needs to take place twice a day.

Feeding your chameleon

Chameleons are insectivores, and so a mixed diet of crickets, roaches, and worms is their preferred menu. Some also like vegetation such as fruits and vegetables.

Chameleons don’t drink from a bowl, preferring to take droplets of water from the leaves, so it’s important you’re misting twice a day, or providing a water system that drips.

With the right pet care, chameleons are a fascinating pet to keep, but are probably not for you if you want a reptile to handle. You’ll also need to put time into making sure their environment is right, as they can easily get sick if not.

Five snakes that are good for beginner reptile keepers 0 411

Pet Ball Python pet

Snakes are the most popular reptile pet to keep, but are they easy to look after? They do make unusual pets, but with good pet care – the right equipment, food and environment – they will thrive.

If you’re a beginner, what snake should you get to start you off? Here’s our rundown of five snakes that will make a great pet for first time snake keepers.

Corn Snake

Corn snakes are one of the most popular first time snakes to buy. They don’t grow too big – an adult corn snake needs a 20 gallon tank. They will live for around 20 years.

They’re easy to handle and to look after. They feed on mice. Corn snakes are quite active, so will need time outside their tank for exercise.

Royal or Ball Python

The royal python (also known as the ball python) can live for up to 30 years, and grow up to five feet.

Royal pythons are a timid species, so don’t appreciate much handling – they need somewhere to hide within their tank. For tank size allow 1 square foot to each foot of snake in length.

Royals eat mice or rats, depending on the size of their mouth.

King Snake

King snakes live for about 15 years. There are lots of different types, with some growing up to six feet.

King snakes are active, so will need time out of their tank, and can bite when cornered, but with careful and regular handling should settle.

They feed on mice and rats, and need the same sized tank proportions as a royal python.

Rosy Boa

Rosy boas are fairly docile, but can bite if caught unaware. Rosy boas grow to about four feet in length and will live for about 30 years. They need a reasonable size tank, and places to hide as well. Rosy boas feed on mice.

Garter snake

Garter snakes grow up to three foot long, and live to about 10 years.

They need around a 29 gallon tank to be comfortable. Garter snakes do eat mice, but prefer fish, and food like frogs, so it’s best to give them a varied diet.