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5. The PH of your tank should be at exactly 7.0. You can get a PH testing kit at your pet store along with solutions to minimize or increase PH of your water.
6. When you clean plants, rocks, or decorations in bowl you should never use soap on them. Itís very hard to completely rinse all soap from these items and soap residue can harm or even kill your Betta. Instead, use warm water and an abrasive brush to clean his things.
7. Keep your Betta tank, jar, or bowl covered! Your Beta will jump and you donít want him to end up flopping on tabletop! Keeping water level at least two inches from top of tank should also cut down on this problem.
8. Your Betta is a meat eater and likes live foods, such as brine shrimp best. Frozen bloodworms are also a good choice for your meat eater. Most Betta fish will happily eat Betta pellets sold at most pet stores. For a special treat every now and again you should offer some live food! Youíll have fun watching him eat it up!
9. Do not decorate your Betta bowl with rocks or marbles that may cause your Betta to get stuck between or under them. Be sure that they are a flat smooth surface that provides no risk to health of your fish.
10. Remember that your fish is a living, breathing responsibility. You need to feed, clean, and care for your Betta just like you would any other pet. If heís sick take him to vet, if heís hungry feed him, if his home is dirty, clean it.
Thatís it! These ten tips for caring for your Betta fish will have you well on your way to keeping a healthy fish. Internet Betta Groups or library books can be a great source of information should you want to learn more about your finned friend!
Amanda Fenton is a Betta fish lover and contributing writer to http://www.bettafishcenter.com, a site providing information and tips on betta fish care.