Siamese Fighting Fish Raising and Care
Category: Aquarium Fish Other
Siamese fighting fish are fantastic jumpers, you should have a lid on the tank so they can not jump out. Siamese fighting fish require some surface air, even if water oxygen is ample, there must be some space between the water and the tank lid so the fish can take in air.
Tank size: Tanks for housing Siamese fighting fish should be at least 15 litres(3 gallons) in volume, with an optimal size of 20 litres (4 gallons) or bigger. Small tanks or fish bowls do not provide adequate space. Tanks housing additional fish should be in excess of 40 litres (8 gallons) so they can establish territories. This will reduce chances of aggression and stress between the species. Each tank should only contain a single male of Siamese fighting fish.
A filter of appropriate size for the tank with adjustable flow is needed. Siamese fighting fish prefer low flow as this mimics their natural habitat. Filters are crucial in providing circulation, aeration and filtration of the water. Make sure you size the filter properly for the tank size this is crucial.
Heater and thermometer Siamese fighting fish are from a tropical climate, so proper heating is essential. Normal room temperature is not suitable as this is will be to cold. Room temperatures can also fluctuate, and this can be stressful to the fish.
The tank should be heated using a submersible aquarium heater and the temperature should be kept at around 75 Far (24C) .
A submersible aquarium heater is the only way to achieve and maintain a constant and appropriate temperature for Siamese fighting fish.
Water quality: Good water quality is essential for any aquarium. You should use a liquid water conditioner to remove chlorine and chloramine from tap water before adding it to your tank. Use GH (General Hardness) and KH (Carbonate Hardness) supplements. These will vary depending on your local water supply. Siamese fighting fish require a pH of around 7.0, GH 7-9, KH 5-8.
You should regularly test your water for pH, GH, KH, nitrite, ammonia and nitrate. Some liquid solutions are available at your local pet store, that are effective at cycling tanks quickly while adding fish to the tank.
Partial water changes of approximately 20% should be performed once per week, using a gravel vacuum to remove waste and uneaten food from the tank. At this time the sides of the tank can be wiped with an aquarium safe sponge.
You should keep the tank out of direct sunlight to slow down algae growth and excessive heat.aaaaaaa You should keep Aquarium lights on for a maximum of 12 hours to provide fish with adequate rest time. This will also help to reduce the chance of algae forming.
Siamese fighting fish prefer a tank with several plants, real or artificial, and other forms of cover in which to explore, rest and hide if they feel threatened.
Male fish with long fins are particularly prone to fin tears you should make sure the plants do not have sharp edges.
As Siamese fighting fish require surface air supplementation to survive, being close to the surface is important for resting. Providing tall plants with large leaves on which fish can rest at night.
Mirrors should never be left in a tank as constant (flaring) of fins by males can cause stress and exhaustion.
Male fish will sometimes construct bubble nests as a sign they are ready to breed. These appear as a cluster of small bubbles of different sizes on the surface of the tank in a corner or area where there is some cover, this is very normal.