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How to Choose Good Quality Betta Fish?

Submitted by on 24 November 2010 – 00:58

When purchasing a betta, everyone expect to get best betta fish which to buy. First and most critical on purchase betta fish is important to make sure the fish is healthy. There are some important physical and behavioral factors to consider in the process. Just to note, the factors listed here are mainly for those purchasing a betta at a pet store, but also serve as a general guide for determining the health of any fish.

Color
There are many different colors and variations of bettas splendens fish. When choosing a betta, if the fish is pale or light in color it may be his or her natural coloring or it may be a sign of stress and/or poor health at the moment. People are often surprised when they bring home what appears to be a gorgeous white betta that after a few months develops a red wash or other coloring after being kept in a poor environment. Some signs of poor health are faded or dull coloration, but it is important to consider other factors of health as well.

Body
A betta’s body should be streamline and full, looking proportionate from head to tail. It should not have any noticeable lumps, bumps or growths.

Fins
The betta’s fins should be full and free of holes, rips, tears, and rough or raw edges. He or she should be able to spread them out fully and they should not be clamped together.

Scales
The scales on a healthy betta should all be flat and smooth against the body with no loose scales protruding or missing. Examine the betta from all sides and from above to make sure none of the scales are pulling away from the body giving the effect of an open pinecone.

Gill Area
The gills on a healthy betta should be smooth in appearance and not swollen, red, or stringy looking. If you can get a male betta to flare at you in the store it can be a good way to further examine the gills and make sure they retract simultaneously in a smooth and quick manner.

Eyes
A betta’s eyes should be dark in appearance and look clear. The eyes should not be hazy or protrude too far out from the head in a bug-eye type fashion. At the same time, the eyes should not look as though they are sunken into the betta’s head.

Droppings
If the betta’s cup has been recently cleaned, you may not find any feces at the bottom, but it is something to look for. Make sure it does not appear whitish or stringy. If you do not see any, check the betta to see if he or she is swollen at all in the stomach region which may be a sign of constipation.

Behavior
The betta should be active in his or her cup, responding to outside activity. The fish should appear to float upright and not be constantly lying on the bottom. Sometimes a betta may be sleeping in his cup and look motionless, so be gentle and subtle to try to perk his or her interest.

The water and other things to watch for
If you see white cottony patches in the betta’s cup or on his or her body, skip over this betta as you may be dealing with a case of fungus. This is often seen when the water is not changed enough and the fish is stressed, and can be a hard illness to combat especially not knowing how long the betta has been ill. For that matter, if something just doesn’t look quite right about the water or the betta, it’s better to pass that one up.

We hope this post will be a simple guides for beginner who start become betta fish hobbyiest 🙂 Good luck guys..

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