Female Dumbo Bettas are a type of Siamese Fighting Fish, known for their large, rounded pectoral fins that resemble the ears of an elephant. Female Dumbo Bettas are hardy and easy to care for, making them a great choice for beginners and experienced aquarium enthusiasts alike. They require a heated and filtered tank with plenty of hiding spots and plants to create a natural environment. Females typically have smaller fins and are less vibrant.
Depending on the fish itself, they can be kept with other peaceful tropical fish.
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The ideal sized tank for a betta fish is 15L or larger. However, you could also go with a nano tank as small as 5L. In nature these fish inhabit very weedy habitats and are perfectly adapted to living in small spaces as long as water quality is kept high.
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Betta fish are known to be fierce fighters, especially towards their own species or species that are similar in appearance, but they can peacefully cohabitate with other fish and invertebrates. Avoid keeping them with fin nipping species.
Great tank mates for Betta include:
Betta fish diet should consist primarily of high quality pellets specifically made for feeding Betta fish. A combination of granules, bites or flakes, live frozen food like brine shrimp, and bloodworms are excellent supplemental foods for your fish as well.
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Betta fish are naturally found in still or slow moving waters. Due to their large fins, they can be pushed around in strong currents. We recommend gentle water flow and filtration. Sponge filters, under gravel filters, and hang on filters are great options if keeping in smaller aquariums.
We use a heater mat for the smaller tanks and bowls. Or for larger aquariums you will need an aquarium heater and a thermometer to monitor temperature. They prefer warm tropical waters and generally require a heater in the winter months in most areas of Australia.
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Showcase your betta fish with artificial lighting. A small light above the aquarium that runs during daylight hours will replicate the natural environment. Dimmable lighting options are available which will help manage algae in the aquarium.
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Live plants are a great idea. Betta fish love lounging on the leaves and hiding in them to sleep. Live plants will also uptake some nitrates in the aquarium, helping remove nitrates and prevent algae.
Some great plants for your betta fish include:
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Mimic their natural environment artificial plants, cove driftwood can be placed in tanks. Add character with different aquarium ornaments.
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Betta fish do not have particular substrate requirements. Aquarium sand, gravel and pebbles are all good options. Aquarium substrates provide the opportunity for beneficial bacteria to grow on the surface, enhancing a healthy biological filtration in your aquarium. Select an aquarium substrate that best show cases your betta fish.
A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium.