Ensure your betta is properly acclimate
Betta fish are only hardy to a particular water type, such as a certain water hardness and pH. It takes them a while to acclimate to a new environment and this process is stressful for the betta, Allow your betta to fully acclimate before making any changes to their new home.
Clean your Betta’s tank
Betta’s thrive best in an already cycled tank with a filter, unless you are doing extremely frequent large water changes (but this can be stressful for the betta). Slow flow or sponge filters are recommended due to the betta’s fragile fins. Vacuum the bottom of the filtered tank gently when doing routine small water changes. There are many symptoms of dirty water, such as, fin rot. Not to worry, the problem is easily treatable.
- Be sure to always add a dechlorinator when adding new water.
- Be sure that the water you are changing is the same temperature as the old water the betta was in to avoid temperature shock. Use an in-tank thermometer to check the water temperatures.
Test the water weekly
In order to test water parameters each week, you will need a master freshwater test kit. This will allow you to monitor your aquarium and take readings. Follow the instructions for testing provided by the manufacturer.
- Place notes in your calendar or diary to remind yourself that it’s time to test and change the water.