I see and hear a lot of people asking how to keep betta fish water clean and many want to know what type of water their betta fish needs. I commend you because you are striving to help keep your Betta Fish healthy and happy.
Betta fish water should have a pH reading of 6.5-8.0. Bettas are a hardy fish species and can tolerate a wide variety of water parameters. The important thing to remember is to keep the water consistent. All fish including beta fish will go into shock, get sick, or die when their water conditions change rapidly or often.
Betta Water Temperature
Betta water temperature needs to be kept between 75-81 °F. Often people keep their betta in a small betta bowl that has no heater. If you leave your betta in an area that falls below the above mentioned temperatures, it may lead to betta diseases, illness, or death. I’m not saying that your betta will die at 72°F, but when temperatures drop below 70-72°F the betta will begin to be stressed.
The Betta Fish Water Change
The best thing you can do for your Beta fish is to provide clean water. One of the mistakes people make is to keep their bettas in a small container or bowl and rarely or never change the beta fish water. Regular water changes will ensure your betta stays happy and healthy.
Please do not fall victim to the belief that your beautiful betta fish will survive or thrive in a tiny bowl with no water changes. Not too long ago, the big thing on the market was for people to purchase a vase, plant, and a betta. The ads stated that the betta would eat the roots of the plant and the plant roots would remove the waste from the water. Unfortunately, this statements were false and unfortunately many people lost their betta.
How to Change Betta Fish Water
It is very easy to keep your beta fish water clean and clear. If you keep your betta in a regular aquarium which includes gravel, heater, filter and hood please read more about Aquarium Water Changes.
If you keep your betta in a non-filtered tank, bowl, or vase you need to follow these simple instructions. Please remember we do not want to change 100% of the water. We want to change 25-30% of the water so we do not disturb the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle.
- Pour your old betta bowl water into another fish-safe container and move the betta temporarily into this container.
- Clean the bowl with a clean cloth or paper towel. Be sure there are no chemicals or soap involved. This will kill your betta.
- Use a Battery Operated Digital Thermometer to match the temperature of the new water to the existing beta water. Fill your betta bowl up 25-30% of the way with the new water.
- Once you have matched the existing water temperature you will need to add your betta water conditioner to make the new water safe.
- Let the water sit for a few minutes so that the water conditioner can neutralize any impurities.
- Slowly pour the old water back into your betta bowl until it is nearly filled to your original water line.
- Now it is time to place your prized betta back in it’s home.
- If needed, pour old bowl water in bowl until you have filled it to your original water line.
How often you change betta fish water all depends on how much you feed, how large your bowl is, and how much direct light the bowl receives. I suggest changing water once a week at a minimum.
Your Betta Water Cloudy?
When you see cloudy aquarium water, this is most often the result of a bacterial bloom in the column water. If your betta water is cloudy it is usually the result of overfeeding and/or not changing the betta water often enough.
There are several things you can do to help clear up the water. The first and most important step to clear up your betta water is to change some of the water on regular intervals.
The second step to help clear up your water is to feed less. Overfeeding is a major contributor to poor water conditions.
The next step to help clear up your water is to ensure that it is not in direct contact with sunlight. Reducing the amount of light will help in reducing algae also.
The last option is to use some of the additives on the market. These additives are known as Water Clarifiers. Be sure to read the manufacture’s label and follow their instructions to ensure you do not hurt your betta fish.