Do Betta Fish Get Lonely? 0 459

If you’ve just welcomed a betta fish into your home, you may be worried that it looks lonely on its own in the tank. Human beings are usually sociable so we often worry when our pets are housed on their own.

What you need to remember is that bettas are not shoaling fish; they enjoy being alone.

This doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy interaction. A betta fish will get to know you and will sometimes even feed from your hand. But a betta fish does not necessarily enjoy the company of other fish.

In order to fully understand this, it’s a good idea to look at the social needs of a betta in more detail.

Do betta fish get lonely?

If you ask the question “do betta fish get lonely?”, in relation to other fish, the answer is no. If you have a betta fish in a tank it will be quite happy swimming around on its own.

You should make sure that you include plenty of synthetic plants in the tank. You should also include a cave if possible. Betta fish like to have somewhere to hide away and be completely on their own.

It’s also a good idea to provide toys for your betta fish, to stop them from getting bored. One of the most popular toy ideas is ping pong balls on the top of the water.

Do betta fish like being alone?

“Do betta fish like being alone?” is a slightly different question. However, the answer is still yes. Betta fish are by nature solitary and territorial.

One thing you should never do is keep a male betta fish with another male betta fish or with a female betta fish aside from during breeding. They can, and probably will, kill each other!

It’s also important to remember that female betta fish can be almost as aggressive as male betta fish. In some ways they can also be more dangerous to other fish. This is because their shorter fin size gives them greater speed in the tank.

It’s often said that female betta fish can be kept together, in a sorority of around six fish. This isn’t necessarily the case. If you want to do this you need to make sure there is plenty of space in the tank. You also need to make sure that there are plenty of places for the fish to escape from each other. Even then, depending on the personalities of the fish involved, there may still be casualties.

If you really want to keep a betta fish in a tank with other species of fish then you should make sure the tank is at least 10-15 gallons in size. You should also think about the following points.

  • Never opt for other fish that are really colourful and ornate.
  • Bottom feeding fish like plecs and catfish can be a good option.
  • Always keep a close eye on the tank as some bettas will attack any other fish.

The safest way to keep a betta fish is usually on its own. Just make sure it has plenty of cover in the tank; and items to entertain it. More placid bettas can be kept with other fish but you need to make sure there is plenty of space in the tank. You also need to choose tank mates wisely.

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5 reasons a tortoise is the perfect pet 0 247

Tortoises are adorable animals and they are great pets to keep in your home. Here we explore the top five reasons why you should consider getting a tortoise as a pet.

1. Low maintenance

With some space to enjoy and some lettuce to chomp on, a tortoise will be pretty happy. This low maintenance pet won’t need walking twice a day and will keep themselves entertained.

2. Tortoises are very affordable

Tortoises are very affordable to keep in your home. Once they are set up with a comfortable space to enjoy, there will be very little cost to upkeep them. Their food is cheap and their space remains clean for long periods without needing to be changed.

3. Tortoises live long lives

Tortoises will also be around for a long time. They can live from 14 to 30 years or more depending on the species, which means you will have a friend for years to come. Unlike most other pets, you will be able to enjoy your tortoise for vast periods of your life.

4. They’re harmless

Tortoises are far more harmless than cats and dogs. While they may bite your finger if you put it in their mouth, little damage will be done. A tortoise is a very safe pet to have in the home and is great when you have children too.

5. Tortoises are loyal

Tortoises are unlike most pets in that they are happy in the space you give them. With room to wander around, food to eat and occasional trips into the garden to play and eat grass, the tortoise will be happy. Tortoises will not try to run away from you like dogs, hamsters or guinea pigs.

Tortoises are adorable creatures to keep as pets and they are a very practical and affordable animal to have in your home. Unlike many pets, it is easy to keep a tortoise and to keep them happy for a long time. With a tortoise, you will have a friend for years and years to come.

Photo: Tortoise by snowmentality licensed under Creative commons 2

Keeping exotic fish as pets 0 374

Exotic fish

There’s something mesmerising about watching a tank full of brightly coloured fish swim around. Do they make good pets though? Is it hard to keep exotic fish? With the right pet care and pet advice, exotic fish make great, if unusual pets.

Tank size

Go for the biggest sized tank you can afford and have room for. The bigger your tank, the easier you’ll find keeping the balance of the water right. Your fish need plenty of room to swim too. Aim for at least a 20-gallon tank.

Tank set-up

You’re going to need a heater to warm the water. You’ll also need a filter to ensure clean, healthy water, which is crucial for fish to thrive. It’s advisable to add an air pump to boost the oxygen levels.

You’ll also need a light for the tank, and a timer for the light, so it’s not on all the time. Bear in mind a fish tank should be placed out of direct sunlight, away from draughts and heating sources.

On top of the things that make your tank work you’re going to need everything that goes into your tank; gravel for the bottom, plants, and decorative caves and tunnels so your fish can hide if they want to.

You can usually buy aquarium starter kits at pet food stores if you want help in pulling everything together.

Getting the water right

The filter will cycle your water to make it suitable for fish to live in, never add tap water directly to the tank. You need to de-chlorinate it first. You can also add a water treatment to help keep the water healthy between changes.

You should change about 10-15% of the water each week to keep it clean and healthy for the fish. Never do a full tank change once your fish are in the tank.

Choosing your fish

When you choose your fish, make sure you start introducing them slowly – this will help you identify if you’ve got the water balance right, and at this point, your tanks eco-system is still developing, so adding lots of fish can damage it.

There’s a wide range of tropical fish to choose from – Cichlids, Betta and Swordtails are good starter fish, and are nice to look at. Never mix goldfish and tropical fish together.