The In's and Out's of Betta Fish Vases

Click Here For The Best Betta Fish GuideThe Betta fish is a very popular pet for a variety of reasons. These fish are quite hardy and easy to care for, and they are also exotic and beautiful. These are highly colorful fish with filmy, webbed, dorsal and caudal fins, which are intensified and puffed up when the fish feels threatened in any way. The great thing about Bettas, which make them such popular choices as pets, is the small amount of space they require. With the ability to survive in as little as a single gallon of water, Bettas are a great choice for those who live in apartments or other small dwellings, as well as for office spaces.

Why use Betta fish vases?

Vases, when used as a home for a Betta, is a great way to add a decorative touch to any room. The larger the vase you can find for your Betta the better. While they can live in very small amounts of water, they will be healthier, happier, and live longer in a larger than minimally required space. More space allows the active Betta to get the exercise it needs to stay in prime health. Vases are great space savers as well, and can easily be placed on a shelf, desk, or small table.

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Especially if you choose to keep a Betta in your office, carefully consider the placement when choosing the location of your Betta fish vase. Bettas can easily stress when put in areas with super high amounts of traffic, so putting the Betta in a quiet, peaceful corner is the best choice to reduce the overall stress levels of the fish. Bettas are also very sensitive to changes in water temperature, even small ones. This is why it is highly recommended that Betta fish vases be kept out of the path of direct sunlight as this can account for the rapid increase in temperature of the vase.

Dangers of Betta Fish Vases

One bad thing about certain betta fish vases that you have to consider is the surface-area-to-volume ratio of the actual tank. Very tall vases have a very large volume and very little surface area (i.e. the area of the suface of water is very small for the amount of water).

Oxygen enters water from the air of course, so when the amount of water exposed to the air is relatively small (like in many vases) the water may become deoxygenated. This may cause the betta to be sluggish, become sick, or worse - even die.

However, you cannot get around this by putting an air filter in the vase. Betta fish naturally live in puddles - they need very still water to survive. Bubbles cause too much circulation in small tanks and can tire a betta fish out, causing them to collapse from exhaustion.

As a result, if you decide to put your betta in a vase, make sure it has a very wide top. Technically this would be shaped more like a bowl then a vase. Do not use a tall and skinny vase for your betta fish.

Betta fish vases with and without live foliage.

Many people choose to go with a Betta fish vase because they pair very well with certain live plants such as peace lilies. The plant and fish actually provide a mutually beneficial environment for one another, and make for a very attractive decorative display. The fish is benefited by the increased level of oxygen and other vital nutrients the plants releases into the water, and is also stimulated by the cover and "fun" provided by the roots of the water plant. The plant is benefited by regular, high quality fertilizing via the Bettas waste. There are a wide variety of plants that make excellent companions for a Betta fish vase and they add a startling punch of green and life to any room.

One does not have to have live plants with their Bettas. Vases can be filled with pebbles, as well as decorative aquatic trinkets.