Do Betta Fish Have Teeth? Do They Bite? 0 2641

Given that they are also known as “Siamese fighting fish” it makes sense that people often ask two questions about bettas.

“Do betta fish have teeth?”

and

“Do betta fish bite?”

Some people wonder if they are going to get injured when they put their hand into a tank containing bettas!

The good news is that you don’t need to worry. Here’s why…

Do betta fish have teeth?

The simple answer to the question, do better fish have teeth, is yes they do. But you shouldn’t start panicking just yet. Remember, these are really small fish. We’re not talking about you having a Great White Shark in your tank!

Betta fish have teeth that suit their size. They are really tiny and white in colour. Often you have to look at a betta fish up close to even notice the teeth. Sometimes you even have to use a microscope before they are visible.

As you can imagine, teeth this size aren’t capable of doing much damage to a human, but even so… do betta fish bite?

Do betta fish bite?

If you’re wondering whether your betta fish will ever bite you, the answer is yes they might. It depends on the nature of the individual fish. Some bettas have been known to jump out of the water to nibble on a finger. It’s also quite common for bettas to look like piranhas at feeding time, when they are scrambling to get their food.

This is where any piranha resemblance ends though! Remember, we said that betta fish have tiny teeth. They may be able to rip the fins of another betta fish, but the most they will do to your finger is tickle it. You’ll be able to feel the sensation but it won’t be painful.

Often, betta fish will nibble at your fingers out of curiosity, or because they think they may be food. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are hungry though. Bettas love to eat and will do so whether they are hungry or not. Remember, it’s dangerous to overfeed them.

So, betta fish do have teeth and betta fish do bite, but you don’t have to worry about either of these facts. The pressure of a nibble from a betta fish is no more than the pressure you would use on a computer keyboard. They may think they’re tough but they are no match for a human being. Your betta fish is way too small to do you any damage!

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5 reasons a tortoise is the perfect pet 0 337

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 0 489

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.