Hi, I find this article very helpful, but I just got my betta fish yesterday. I know for the most part on how to take care of them I just have not had one before. Someone got this for me so I would really love to have it happy with its new home. As of now, I have him in a 1gallon bowl without a heater or filtration. I have one little plant and some pebbles. I really think I need to at least get him a two gallon tank, but I do not have much space. Could you give me some tips on bowl cleaning, feeding, water changes, or anything else I need to do to make my fish happy. As of right now he does not look very happy. Any recommendations will be truly appreciated. Thank you.
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If you have a fish, or are thinking of becoming the proud owner of a fish (or even a school of fish), then you may be wondering if you should get a filter for your aquarium. The short and definitive answer is yes! A filter basically cleans the water of debris, removes the toxic buildup of ammonia and nitrates, and aerates the water so your fish can breathe. Which, unless you want an aquarium full of dead fish (or one filled with plastic fish), is a very good thing, indeed. Sure, with very simple tanks, you can remove the fish, clean the tank, replace the water, then return the fish. But really, why bother with that on a weekly basis? Removing the fish is traumatizing, especially for the fish (although you may freak out a little bit if it tries to squirm away). And no one wants to have neurotic fish, it simply isn’t right. Also, a filter means you don’t have to do all that work every week. And tropical fish? Well, their need for saltwater, which is kept at an exact temperature, makes cleaning the tank yourself an impractical option. So there's no denying filters make your life easier. And anything cuts down on household chores is a good thing. Of course, this doesn't mean you can sit back, relax, and think the filter is going to do all the work. You're still going to have to maintain the filter and make sure it doesn’t get clogged. There are lots of different filters available. From external to internal filters, there are chemical, mechanical, and even biological ones (where you grow cool colonies of good bacteria that help clean the water). The one you choose should ultimately be based on the needs of your fish and your personal preference. But please, whatever you do, get a filter for your aquarium. Your fish will love you for it.
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Cold temperatures and dirty water can cause stress for your Betta and make him more likely to get sick and die before his time. But this doesn't mean you can't keep your Betta in an unfiltered, unheated tank. It just means you need to fully understand the requirements of your Betta fish before deciding if that is the correct decision. It also means you need to be ready to do the extra work required to keep an unheated, unfiltered setup in top condition for your fish.
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