The double tail betta is a majestic-looking fish with some very specific care requirements. If you’ve never owned a betta before, they are beautiful but can be tricky to have in your tank. We’ve put together this guide to caring for your double tail betta so keep reading before you decide to add one of these beauties to your tank!
Table of contents
- Quick Facts about Double Tail Bettas
- Double Tail Betta Overview
- How Much Do Double Tail Bettas Cost?
- Typical Behavior & Temperament
- Appearance & Varieties
- How to Take Care of Double Tail Bettas
- Are Double Tail Bettas Good Tank Mates?
- What to Feed Your Double Tail Betta
- Keeping Your Double Tail Betta Healthy
- Are Double Tail Bettas Suitable For Your Aquarium?
Quick Facts about Double Tail Bettas
|Species Name:||Betta splendens|
|Temperature:||74 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Color Form:||Blue, red, yellow, orange, green, black, white, purple, pink|
|Lifespan:||2 to 3 years|
|Size:||2 to 3 inches|
|Diet:||Insects, shrimp, fish flakes, pellets|
|Minimum Tank Size:||10 gallons|
|Tank Set-Up:||Gravel substrate, plants, 6.5 to 7.5 pH|
|Compatibility:||Bottom feeders, non-aggressive schooling fish|
Double Tail Betta Overview
Betta fish originated in Southeast Asia and are still found living in small, warm bodies of water there. These freshwater fish are now commonly found in fish tanks around the world. Known for their bright colors and aggressive behavior, bettas have been popular pets for almost 200 years.
The double tail betta is one of many varieties of betta commonly found in pet stores. The double tail variety has a split tail that looks like two separate tails.
The temperament and care of a double tail betta are the same as for any other betta. They need clean, warm water. The betta is a carnivore and needs a high-protein diet to thrive. They like to hide and require a tank with plenty of spaces they can duck behind if they feel threatened. The betta also has specific requirements for tank mates due to their aggressive nature.
How Much Do Double Tail Bettas Cost?
Double tail bettas can be found in many pet stores for between $8 to $20. Some colors and patterns are less common and will tend to cost more. You should make sure any fish you purchase looks healthy. The scales should be bright and free from white substances or growths. They should be active and alert with tails and fins in good condition.
Typical Behavior & Temperament
Bettas are solitary fish. They don’t need other fish around to keep them company. Bettas will be fine in a tank on their own. They will be aggressive if they feel like other fish are competing with them for food, space, and mates. This is why you shouldn’t keep more than one betta in a tank. You’ll also need to carefully research the best tank makes for a betta so that you don’t put them in a situation where they can injure themselves or your other fish.
Appearance & Varieties
Double tail bettas come in the full rainbow of available betta colors and patterns. What differentiates the double tail variety is the presence of a split tail. It almost looks like the fish has two tails instead of one.
Typically, male bettas have longer fins and tails than females. Both sexes can come in any color, including blues, greens, reds, oranges, yellows, pinks, purples, white, black, and combinations of these.
How to Take Care of Double Tail Bettas
Habitat, Tank Conditions & Setup
One of the leading causes of poor betta health is improper tank setup. Luckily, we’ve put together this guide to help you keep your betta safe and happy in their new home.
The minimum tank size really depends on the number of fish you have. If you just have a betta, it will be fine in a small 10-gallon tank. However, if you have more fish, you’ll need more space. A good rule of thumb is to have at least one gallon for every inch of fish you plan to keep in the tank. Furthermore, more space will prevent bettas from feeling crowded and lashing out at their tank mates.
Water Temperature & pH
The betta’s natural habitat is tropical waters so they need warm water in their tank. Ideally, the temperature should be kept between 74 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The pH level should be 6.5 to 7.5.
Gravel is a good choice for substrate in a betta tank. The depth should be about 1 to 2 inches at the bottom of your tank.
Bettas love to hide so plants are a must in a betta tank. Because they are carnivores, bettas won’t eat your plants. One thing to keep in mind is cleanliness. Bettas like a clean tank. You’ll want to select fake plants or live plants that don’t make a mess. You can also give your betta rocks or other tank features that they can hide behind.
Bettas should have regular day and night light patterns. You should have a tank light on for them in the daytime and should switch it off at night. Twelve-hour cycles of light and dark are ideal.
You’ll want a filter in your betta’s tank, but not one that produces a strong current. If the current produced by the filter is too strong, it can damage your fish’s fins and cause stress. A filter is important to remove harmful bacteria, though. There are betta-specific filters that you can buy that will keep the tank clean without hurting your fish.
Are Double Tail Bettas Good Tank Mates?
Double tail bettas can be good tank mates in some situations. It’s important to keep in mind that they are not social fish and do not need to be kept in a tank with other fish. However, if you wish to make them a part of your larger aquarium, you’ll need to be careful of who you put in the tank with your double tail betta.
They do well with fish that don’t share the same tank area, such as bottom feeders. Double tail bettas can also be paired with docile fish of the same size and small, schooling fish like tetras. You should never keep more than one betta in the tank as they will attack and likely kill one another.
What to Feed Your Double Tail Betta
Bettas are carnivorous. They will need fish food that contains a high percentage of protein. They eat insects and their larvae in the wild so you’ll want to ensure that they are getting similar nutritional value in your tank.
Typically, you can find fish food specifically made for bettas. This food is formulated to meet their protein needs.
A good rule of thumb is to feed your betta a portion that equals about 5% of their body size, or the amount of food they can eat within about 2 minutes. It’s best to feed them twice per day.
Keeping Your Double Tail Betta Healthy
Bettas are quite sensitive to pollutants and bacteria in their water. They need to be kept in a clean tank with the proper pH levels to thrive. They are prone to fungal infections and also can become sick from stressful conditions.
If you notice that your betta has any white dots or other growth on it, they may be ill. Bettas are also generally active fish. If they seem lethargic or their fins and tails are drooping, they are likely in poor health. Their long, feathery fins and tails are also prone to being damaged and tearing. For any illness or infection, you’ll want to isolate them from the rest of your fish.
It’s not recommended that you breed bettas. They are not supposed to be kept together in the same tank. Often, if you happen to keep a male and female betta together in your tank, the male will kill the female after mating. It’s better to leave betta breeding to the experts rather than attempt it on your own.
Are Double Tail Bettas Suitable For Your Aquarium?
Double tail bettas are beautiful fish. They are active and interesting to watch. However, they have specific needs for water cleanliness, temperature, and pH level. If you are a hands-off aquarium keeper, then the betta may not be the best fish for you.
They also have very specific tank mate requirements. If you have an existing tank, you’ll need to make sure your fish are compatible with a betta for their safety and the safety of the betta. If you can provide the double tail betta with what it needs to feel safe and comfortable, then they might be just the fish you need to brighten your tank.
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