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So, how does one care for a betta?

Cza­rina says that what one might find on Google isn’t al­ways right. “They will teach you about a big­ger tank with a min­i­mum of five gal­lons, hid­ing places, and plas­tic plants -- not even real ones -- and a fil­tra­tion and heater sys­tem. The plas­tic plants are good for dec­o­ra­tive pur­poses and for the heater. But we are in a trop­i­cal coun­try, so we do not need a heater for adult bet­tas.

“Just a sim­ple set up with just a 4x6x8-inch tank that is al­most one gal­lon [should suf­fice],” she says. “Make sure to change the wa­ter once a week.”

If you hap­pen to have more than one betta, Cza­rina says that “fe­males may live to­gether in a com­mu­nity.” One can’t say the same for the male ones, but again, not all bet­tas have the same per­son­al­ity. Dis­cre­tion dic­tates if they can be to­gether in a sin­gle tank or not. Just re­mem­ber to keep the males sep­a­rate from the fe­males un­less it’s time to breed.

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