Do Betta Fish Get Lonely? 0 67

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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3 lizards that are great for first-time owners 0 124


Unusual pets have become more popular and accessible in recent years, with many more people considering exotic pets than before. Reptiles have become particularly popular, with the range of lizards available in the UK wider than ever. Here, we’ll list a few of the best lizards for beginners in terms of pet care.

Bearded Dragons

The single most popular reptile on the market today, bearded dragons are docile and friendly, and have no problem being handled by humans. Aside from this quality, bearded dragons are also a manageable size when fully grown, with the largest species reaching around 60cm tip to tip. This means they’ll be large enough to handle with ease and safety, but not so large that caring for them becomes a burden.

Leopard Geckos

Geckos are another type of lizard that has become exceedingly popular with first-time reptile owners. There are many owners and dealers who strive to own as many different species of gecko as possible. Most geckos are fast, and the sticky pads on their toes mean they can scale walls and escape from handlers fairly easily. However, leopard geckos are slow, docile, and lack the sticky toe pads. This makes them an easy and beautiful addition to your first vivarium. Furthermore, leopard geckos are quite hardy, and not as susceptible to diseases. They’re also smaller than bearded dragons and other common domestic lizards, with adults typically reaching a maximum of 25cm. This makes it easy to set them up with a comfortable and compact vivarium while you get used to reptile care.


Like bearded dragons, uromastyx enjoy human contact, which makes them perfect for owners who have only ever cared for mammals before. Furthermore, unlike many other reptiles, they feed almost exclusively on plants. This makes them easy to shop for, and a no-brainer for anyone who’s squeamish about insects. Having said that, uromastyx can be a strain on your energy bill, requiring a basking spot kept at 35 degrees Celsius to stay happy and healthy. Still, if you can afford this and love the look of these distinctive lizards, a uromastyx can make a great introductory pet lizard.

Essential considerations when buying a tortoise 0 125

Keeping a tortoise as a pet

If you love reptiles, you may have toyed with the idea of owning a pet tortoise. These are truly fascinating creatures, having lived alongside the dinosaurs. Over millions of years of evolution, tortoises have grown to require fairly specific needs. However, they can be loving and fairly low-maintenance pets if you approach tortoise care in the right way. Here are a few things to think about before getting your tortoise.

Choosing a breed

Tortoises are very diverse animals, and different breeds will work better for different lifestyles. Russian, Bell, and Forest Hingeback tortoises are fairly small, growing up to 8.5”. Red Foots are a mid-range breed, growing up to 14”, while African Spur Thighs are a notably large breed, with some adults weighing well over 150 pounds. While vivariums and similar enclosures are fine for young tortoises and particularly small breeds, most will require some outdoor space to keep them in.

General supplies

As with any unusual pets, you need to ensure you have all the right supplies to keep your tortoise happy and healthy in its new home. When kept indoors, your tortoise will need a basking light to draw energy from, as well as a florescent UVB light to help it process vitamins and minerals healthily. To ensure the UVB rays are enough for your tortoise, set reminders to yourself to change them once every 6-8 months. A large water bowl is needed for drinking and soaking. Finally, your tortoise will need a heating pad. This will warm its belly, and help with its digestion.


Like many other animals, infant and adolescent tortoises will need extra nutritional care to help them grow healthily. To this end, make sure you’re keeping them on a balanced diet of crispy, easily-digestible food, like grasses and leafy green vegetables. It’s also a good idea to get them some calcium and vitamin supplements. As their jaws mature, you can move them onto more solid foods like fruits. Fully-grown tortoises will be able to manage darker leafy greens, along with a wider range of go-to reptile food, such as fruits, earthworms, and crickets. If you’re ever unsure of what you should be giving your tortoise based on their age and breed, consult your vet.

Find out more about caring for your pet tortoise