The ‘Betta splendens’ Category

Merry Christmas Betta Lovers!

I can’t believe it’s been another year already. The day after Christmas begins the busiest time of year for Nippyfish. When people all over the world hit our site looking for help caring for their new Christmas betta. For those of you that are new to Nippyfish. Welcome. I’m a betta enthusiast that has been [...]

Changes to Nippyfish.net

Dear Nippyfish Readers, You may have noticed a few changes to the sidebar at Nippyfish.net. We have received a few emails from readers who have found our site useful and have offered to donate. Now you can do so securely though Paypal using your debit or credit card. We have also signed up as an [...]

The Native Betta Habitat – Separating Fact from Fiction

My Sad Introduction to the Betta Myth I recall the first time I ever laid eyes on Betta splendens.  Like most people, I was wandering about a local pet store and thought I’d pop through the fish section.  I had not owned fish since the deaths of my tropical fish in a grossly overstocked 10g [...]

Can You Trust Your Local Fish Store Staff?

When buying our first betta, most of us ask our local fish store staff person for advice  before anyone else. We believe they are the experts and rarely question the soundness of their advice. After all, if they work in a fish store they must know all about fish, right?   Wrong. Sure there are [...]

Reduce Filter Current for your Betta

Even mild filter current can become a nuisance for a betta fish who have large heavy fins and are notoriously slow swimmers compared to other small aquarium fish. It can be challenging for betta keepers to find a balance between enough current to keep the water clean and cycling, yet gentile enough to allow their [...]

A Warning About Distilled Water and Betta Fish

Unlike tap water or spring water, distilled water has gone through a process that strips it almost completely of all minerals. Like RO water (reverse osmosis), it is essentially pure and no longer contains any of the trace elements that would be found naturally in water. Fish kept in distilled water over a period of [...]

Fin Blow Out

A “blow-out” is a term betta breeders and hobbyists use to describe a small hole or tear in the fin tissue caused by spreading or “flaring” of the fins. Torn or frayed fins can be caused by a number of things including bacterial fin rot, injury from tank décor, biting from other fish or even [...]

Betta Fish Hammock

If you stop to watch your betta for a few minutes you will see him surface, sticking his mouth above water, to suck in air. Though they have gills, they still rely on their labyrinth organ (similar to lungs) to gain oxygen from the atmosphere. This allows them to survive in poorly oxygenated waters where [...]

Aquarium Chemistry, Including Redox for Bettas & Other Fish

Much of this information I will provide is condensed and more basic, but comes a from a couple of very in depth and researched articles on this subject (which readers can read if they desire a more in depth understanding). I will not address the organic chemistry aspect (the Nitrogen Cycle), which involves ammonia, nitrates, [...]

Understanding Dominant and Recessive Genes in Betta Fish

What Are Dominant and Recessive Genes? Betta breeders are most interested in understanding and manipulating genes for either color or tail type. Understanding the various genes and traits and how they are manipulated can be complicated. One of the first things you need to understand is the difference between dominant and recessive traits and how [...]

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