What or who is the betta fish?
For those who have no idea about what we are going to discuss in this article, very first let’s understand what or is the betta fish. Betta aka Siamese Fighting fish is a fish of high demand in the aquarium trade. They are the member of gourami (species of fishes) family and are characterized as very conscious & aggressive about their territories.
The study has shown that male bettas are more concerned about their territory and will break into a fight if kept in the same aquarium. The only possible and fatal outcome is the death of one or both the bettas. Female bettas are not so aggressive but they may also get in a fight with each other if kept in a small aquarium which leads to their physical contact resulting in unavoidable crises over territory domination. But in the case of female bettas, the not so dominating betta may run for her life if there’s a path of escape resulting in the more favorable outcome of both the female bettas being alive. It is recommended that male and female bettas should not be kept together because both will get into a fight over territory domination resulting in loss of life and property.
But an exception to this recommendation is made when the reproduction process is to be done as this species is in high demand in aquarium business as mentioned earlier and also this species is categorized as Vulnerable by the department of International Union for Conversation of Nature i.e. IUCN. The reproduction process is carried out under closed surveillance and as per the guidelines provided by IUCN making sure that both male and female bettas are safe and there is no harm to the newborn baby betta fish.
So as you would have understood from the above, that betta fish is not very friendly and likes to be alone. But what about those moments when it gets sad and lonely by spending too much time with self-company. As options of introducing other bettas in the aquarium tank are out of the box, let’s go through what other choices do we have.
What can be kept in betta’s tanks?
Now living so much time alone, even an aggressive fish like betta is bound to get bored and lonely but just like every problem in this universe if this one got a solution. The following options may be implemented to give company to your betta fish. Let’s have a look at them and their drawbacks or limitations.
Place a ball or pushable item in the tank with whom your betta could play
If a small and lightweight ball is placed in the tank on the water surface, then your betta can play with it pushing and dancing it around. It is generally seen that dominating nature and brave kind bettas’ push the ball on the water surface. But the drawback of the method is that, if the ball is kept for too long in the tank the betta fish may be under the constant stress of proving itself that it can push the ball as domination and feeling of pride is in their nature. Eventually, after the repetitive process, it will get bored of it leaving the ball nothing but a waste commodity in the tank.
Use a mirror to get your betta excited about itself
Small mirrors or professionally made mirrors for water tanks available in the market can be used for this purpose. Bettas are particularly seen reacting to their own reflections being excited about it. When three to six mirrors are introduced at different angles, bettas can see their own flare which results in more flare generation by them. Encouraging a betta to flare also helps to potentially defecate which gives a chance to the owner to check for any type of tears or infection. The mirrors may have a negative effect on self-conscious bettas who may not like their fins and flares be portrayed, making the application of mirror a restricted choice.
Use of floating decorations
Various types of floating decorations and logs can be introduced in the betta fish aquarium tank. Many bettas like to swim through and around them. Many bettas prefer to sleep in them. Studies have also shown that bettas tend to build nests in these logs. Many decorative items can be used for this purpose giving the lonely betta fish a company. But be careful as too many objects and items in the tank may clog the surrounding leaving no place for the betta which as you may have got an idea till now is a major deal-breaker for the beta kind.
Various combinations of markers or just a solo marker could be used to draw on the aquarium tank which intrigues the betta as seeing any new object is always a matter of curiosity be it may in humans or fishes alike. Simple shapes like triangle, heart, star etc. can be drawn on the fish tank wall which will make the betta take a look at it and think about it which keeps it engaged. The use of markers can be very untidy if it isn’t an erasable one. This will clog the tank wall leaving no area for the entrance of light and also cutting out the contact of betta with the outside world.
Paste stick on
It is similar to using a marker for drawing, just in this case paper cut on is directly stick to the aquarium wall tank. The betta may get intrigued by the new material and come to investigate it. This has got the same limitation as markers, stick materials make the wall untidy and also the solid shapes block the outside view of the betta.
Going through all these points you must be thinking isn’t there any way of making betta fish feel less lonely and also not harming it while doing so. The answer to your question is YES there is. That way is also very friendly in nature because that way is the use of plants.
Do bettas like plants?
Yes, a very big yes because they just not like but love plants. As plants are both nature friendly and don’t pose a threat to territory domination, bettas go hand in hand with them. Studies have typically shown that, introduction of 20% to 30% plants area to the total area of tank acts as favourable environment for healthy living and growth of betta fishes. Wide variety of plants are available to be kept in betta fish tank. Some of the best choices from that with their specific function are:
- Java fern: Easy to grow.
- Java moss: Good hiding plant.
- Amazon frogbit: Provides shade
- Betta balls: Act as a cool toy.
These are the various options you can choose from and to answer the question that was asked in the title itself, do betta fish like plants in their tank? Yes, they love it. So don’t waste any more of your precious time and give us a call to bring home a new playing partner to your betta from our wide variety of betta plants as we have the best Betta Fish plants.