Do Betta Fish Need a Heater? 0 390

Do betta fish need a heater?

Many people assume that betta fish do not need a heater in order to survive. This is why betta fish are often popular with people who don’t have a lot of money to spend on a setup. However, more often than not, betta fish do need a heater.

Remember, bettas are tropical fish that thrive in temperatures of between 74 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Just because they may survive without a heater in their tank doesn’t mean they are happy or at their fittest. 

Linked to the question “do betta fish need a heater?” are the equally frequently asked questions, “can betta fish live at room temperature?”, and “can betta fish live in cold water?”.

It’s easiest to look at each question separately. We’ll start with the easiest to answer first!

Can betta fish live in cold water?

If anyone ever asks you whether betta fish live in cold water, just tell them straight, the answer is no! As we’ve already mentioned betta fish are tropical, and they need to live in water with a temperature which should ideally be between the mid-70s and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you put a betta in cold water it will become lethargic and ill. Eventually it will die.

Can betta fish live at room temperature?

Whether betta fish can live at room temperature is not quite as straightforward.

If you live in a home where the room temperature is such that the water in the tank stays between 74 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, then your betta fish can survive in that tank.

However, the problem is that most room temperatures tend to change. It’s very risky to rely on room temperature to keep a betta fish fit and healthy. It’s always a good idea to have a heater in the tank. This brings us to our final question.

Do betta fish need a heater?

In order to remain healthy, and live to a good age, betta fish need to live in water of the right temperature. If the water isn’t consistently between 74 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit then they will not be in the best condition they can be. This is why it’s so important to have a reliable heater in the tank.

Here are a few important points to remember when keeping water temperature consistent for your betta fish.

  • Make sure you buy a reliable heater.
  • You don’t just need a heater, you need a thermometer too. This helps you make sure the water is always the right temperature.
  • Smaller tanks are always harder to heat consistently. They are easily affected by changes in room temperature. It doesn’t take much for the temperature to rise and your fish to die. Larger tanks, over 5 gallons, are easier to heat consistently.

Many people will tell you that their bettas do fine without a heater in the tank. And it is true that they can sometimes live without a heater. Remember though, for your fish to thrive, they need to live in water that is always between 74 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The only way to ensure this is the case is to have a reliable heater and to check the water temperature regularly.

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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.