When you walk into a pet or fish store, you may notice that they sell their
betta fishes in bowls. While it sounds great to be able to put a small
bowl – or a miniature tank – on your desk with a fish in it,
the truth is that bettas do not belong and do not thrive in “betta
The following are the main reasons why it is a bad idea to keep a betta
fish in a bowl:
It is very tiny. Bettas are known to grow up to 3” long when they become adults,
which could mean not enough swimming room in a small bowl.
It has round corners. Round corners can distort the betta’s vision, causing them to become
Bettas (as well as all fish) produce ammonia that is poisonous to them. Since a bowl has a small volume of water, that ammonia can get intolerable
in a very short amount of time, hence poisoning the fish.
It doesn’t come with a heater. Because bettas are tropical fish, they require warm temperatures to flourish.
Heaters are known to keep the temperature at a stable rate. Fluctuating
temperatures can cause severe harm to fish.
It doesn’t accommodate a filter. Filters are meant to clean the water and enable beneficial bacteria to
develop. Although bettas do not do particularly well with turbulent water,
a filter is still necessary.
For more information,
contact Living Art Aquatic Design, Inc. today. If you are interested in designing your own aquarium in Southern
request a quote today.