In this article you will find an overall guide on how to care for wild bettas. I already wrote more specific guides on subjects like the setup, food and conditioning, all will be linked in this article. This will be a small summary of those articles.
Many people know the standard domestic bettas, wich have bright coloration, huge fins and are selectively bred because of those characteristics. But they don’t know the beauty of the betta’s where they originate from, wich are in my opinion even more beautiful.
Bettas originate from South-eastern Asia from country’s such as Thailand, cambodja, malasia etc. In total there are 81 recognised species wich are spread out over 13 different complexes, I focus on species from the splendens complex.
The bettas I breed are: B. Imbellis, B. mahachaiensis, B. smaragdina copper (hybrid sp.) and “Alien” (hybrid sp.)
Wild bettas are like the name saids, the original bettas, like they live in the wild.
First you will need to consider, oubviously, your tank. I recommend tanks of 10-30l. It is very important to have a lid on your tank, wild bettas are great jumpers! For the setup, you will need plants, some kind of gravel if you want to. A filter isn’t secessary.
You can read more about how to set up a tank here.
I keep my bettas on a ph of 7.5, a kh of 6 and a gh of 12. Some people would consider this as too high, but my bettas seem to do well on it. I also use catappa leaves to soften my water, my bettas seem to do way better when added. It is important to do regularly water changes, the best is a minimum of 1x a week. The smaller your tank the more you will need to change water. For my adult bettas I change water twice a week.
As a primary food I feed my fish a combination of frozen foods, dry food and live foods. For frozen foods I feed daphnia, bloodworms, white mosquito larvae, black mosquito larvae, artemia and tubifex. With frozen foods it is important to give a big varietyof different kinds.
Dry foods I don’t feed that often, I only feed that when I haven’t got that much time. I only feed that when I haven’t got that much time. I just feed regular betta flakes, but I recommend when you want to give dry foods as your main-food you go for a higher quality like Dr. bassleer..
Life foods are my favourite, because they are the best for my fish and it always gets eaten. A trouble with frozen and dry foods is that if some don’t gets eaten it stays in your tank and rots and makes your tank a mess. Most life foods will stay alive in your tank till it gets eaten, but still mostly live foods will get eaten in no-time 😊. You can buy live foods at most fish-stores or breed it yourself.
Here you can read more about live foods and how to culture them.