The ‘Betta splendens’ Category A Web Forum Review is an online community dedicated to the art of fishkeeping. I choose to do my first web forum review on Aquamaniacs because they have been a tremendous help to me throughout my own adventures with aquaria. These folks get top marks for being knowledgeable in all areas of the hobby as well as providing [...]

Betta Constantly Flaring in New Tank

Dodie Originally uploaded by Mean and Pinchy. Q: PZ Wrote, We recently moved our betta to a cycled, planted, 10-gallon tank with a filter and a heater. He is acting VERY oddly, now that he is in the tank. He hangs out right next to the filter, flaring and puffing out his cheeks, and bumping [...]

Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants by Peter Hiscock

Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants Author: Peter HiscockPublisher: Barrons Educaitonal Series 2003Pages: 205 This is one of my favorite aquarium books. It contains tons of useful information about aquarium plants and aquascaping while remaining focused and aimed at the average hobbyist. The book is divided into two sections. The Practical Section focuses on the basic biological [...]

Announcement: A Betta Blog is Expanding!

whiskey fish Originally uploaded by revs45. Hi there Betta lovers. I had an epiphany yesterday as I read through posts on some online forums that I frequent. Someone had asked for a book recommendation about Bettas. There were several responses but one brazen poster caught my attention when he posted something to the affect of [...]

Betta Tank Mates: African Dwarf Frogs

African Dwarf Frog does her impression of Trinity in The Matrix. Q: IC wrote, Do African Dwarf frogs make good tank mates for bettas? A: I have had mixed results with African Dwarf frogs (Hymenochirus boettgeri) as Betta tank mates as have many of my other aquarist friends. I think that they CAN make a [...]

Fighting Bettas: Taking a Stance

Betta 6 Originally uploaded by elpono_njg. Q: B wrote, Is it against the law to fight Bettas? There are boys in my class who are buying them to fight and I think it’s disgusting. Is there anything I can do to make them stop? A: Well, you didn’t say which state (or country for that [...]

More on Betta Vases

fish vase Originally uploaded by justmouse. Q: AZ wrote, I know you don’t think Betta vases are a good idea but is there any way to make them work? I have one and I can’t afford to upgrade to an aquarium. A: Betta vases aren’t all bad in their own right, but they come with [...]

What is a Plakat Betta?

We now have a whole page dedicated to the beautiful short-finned Plakat Betta. Learn where they came from and how to pick the perfect Plakat. Q: MJ wrote, What is a Plakat Betta? A: In Western countries a Plakat (pronounced pla-COT) bettas are a short-finned variety of Betta Splendens. The bettas were originally selected out [...]

Starting Out with Bettas

Q: S wrote, I am 12 years old and I want to get an aquarium with one male betta fish. My mom says I can have one if I do the research first and promise to take good care of betta fish. Can you tell me what I need to start the aquarium? Can you [...]

Low Light Plants for Betta Aquarium

Q: PL wrote, Nippyfish, can your recommend some good low light plants for my betta tank? A: There are several great options for low maintenance aquatic plants where lighting is an issue. Anubias, Cryptocoryne, Microsorium and Vesicularia are all excellent choices. Anubias are robust wide leafed plants imported from Africa. They do very well in [...]

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