At Aquatic Veterinary Services, we know that a lot of bettas are the first pet fish anyone owns. We see a lot of betta cases and try to accommodate as many as possible. In order to best serve our betta clients, please read through the following checklist prior to calling our office.

Does your betta live in a bowl with no filtration?

Filtration should either come from an internal bubble filter or hang on filter that is cleaned at least once every two weeks. If your betta is in a bowl, please get them into a standard aquarium tank with filter. No fish should live in a bowl. Yes, they may survive, but so would you in a sealed box that was only vented every so often. Bettas have significantly better health in a 2-5 gallon aquarium with filtration. We are happy to advise in betta-friendly aquarium setups.

Does your betta tank have a heater?

Bettas are tropical fish and require heated water between 78-82F (25-28C). Most pre-set aquarium heaters fall right in this range. At lower temperatures, a betta’s immune function does not respond well. Unlike people and fuzzy pets, fish cannot regulate their internal body temperature and rely on their surrounding water temperature to dictate their metabolism. If your betta does not have a heater, a small one should be added for minimal cost.

Many of the betta issues we see are easily fixed by correcting the above issues. However, even with a proper home and care, bettas can still get sick. Our ambulatory service is happy to come to you and see your fish, but keep in mind we are a traveling specialty veterinary practice and are priced accordingly. If you want to save some money, you can bring your betta to us.

How to Transport a Betta

  1. Call and make an appointment prior to travel. (831) 728-7000.
  2. Purchase a AC car adapter in order to plug in an air pump and air stone while traveling.
  3. Keep your betta in at least 1/2 gallon of water with an air stone. Any type of container may be used. Glass or plastic is recommended.
  4. Make sure your container is covered! Bettas are good jumpers.
  5. Bring a second water container with at least 2 cups of water for water quality testing at the hospital.
  6. When traveling, keep your betta out of direct sunlight and keep your radio very low or off.
  7. Keep your fish container upright in a box or cushion with towels and a seat belt.
  8. If you will be traveling over 1 hour, stop at the 1 hour mark and do a 25% water change for your betta.
  9. After your appointment, our staff will perform a water change and make sure you have enough water for the ride home.

For all other questions about betta and their care, please call (831) 728-7000.