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11 All you need to know about betta fish Life Span

All you need to know about betta fish

Bettas are the most lovable pet one can keep. They are a great source of relaxation, happiness and a sense of contentment! Every betta keeper wants him/her to live for more time. We may read many of the guides to buy and increase the life span of betta fish but there are some unrevealed queries which come into every betta keeper’s mind but are seldom answered.

11 All you need to know about betta fish; this article covers 11 points/ questions which are the real need of the one who keeps a betta fish or wants to keep it! I have given my best to answer the questions as I am a Betta Owner and can understand the love we all have towards our cute bettas!

What is Betta Fish Lifespan

Betta fish life span is referred to as the time period for which betta ( also known as Siamese fighting fish)  lives from the time of its birth to its death.

Average Lifespan of Betta

The betta fish lives as a pet for 3 to 5 years while being kept in captivity. There are some cases in which the betta fish have lived for up to 7 years, remember that it strongly depends on the care he/she is receiving from the owner. However, the lifespan of a betta fish depends on many factors like the conditions, water, filtration the system, diet, size of the container and much more!

How do You Know Your Betta Fish is Dying?

As stated in the answer to a previous question that the health of a betta fish depends upon many factors such as

  • Water temperature
  • Diet
  • Size of Bowl or Tank
  • Filtration Equipment
  • Tank Mates
  • Weather Conditions
  • Changing the Water of the Tank

All of these factors affect betta’s health if not considered properly. You know that betta fish is dying when he rubs himself with the walls or other decorative items in the tank or experiences appetite’s loss and lethargy!

Half Moon Betta Fish Lifespan

The average life expectancy of a halfmoon betta fish is the same as that of betta fish, which lies is in the range of 3 to 5 years but some of them also lived for 7 years. The type of care given to your betta fish before purchasing also has strong and longlasting effects on its health. However, if you care for your betta properly there are chances for you to maximize its lifespan to as much as possible.

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Betta Fish Lifespan in the Wild

The average life expectancy of a betta fish in the wild is about 3 years that is less than the lifespan of it in the captivity. It’s just a matter of proper care and diet! It is the case with betta fish in the wild that they live on their own in the natural habitat and no one is examining them that is why they sometimes find food or not, obtaining water of a good temperature or not. Nothing is guaranteed in the wild as compared to living with an owner

Betta Fish Lifespan without Food

Before answering this question, I want you to understand the nature and origin of bettas. They are found in the waters of Thailand and are carnivore by nature, that is why need a high protein diet on a regular basis. They cannot live for a long time in water having a temperature above 81F. However, if you are not at home and your betta remains unattended then he can live for up to 14 days without food and also in cold water but not more than this.

Betta Fish Lifespan Male & Female

Male and flame betta’s lifespan is almost same but the female fish has been observed to live for a few months more than the male betta fish. However, people still buy male betta fish as it has more bright colors and a very good personality

Betta Fish Lifespan And Size

Betta fish is normally 6 months or 1 year old when are presented to selling at the pet shops. The size of a betta fish depends upon the level of care it is receiving and its fins. The adult male betta fish is big in size as compared to the female betta fish. The adult betta is usually around 3 inches and 7.6 cm long. However, the size of the betta fish does not affect its lifespan.

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Betta Fish Lifespan in a Bowl

The average range of betta’s life expectancy is between 3 to 5 years but there are some cases of bettas that lived for even 7 years. If your betta is exposed to a parasite or any disease while being in captivity then the lifespan can be decreased.

Lifespan Of Betta Fish in Tank

Captivity has different effects on the health of betta. If you are giving great care to your betta fish then he will manage to live for 3 and also up to 5 years in the tank. If you want your betta to life for more than 5 years or at least 4 years then try to give them high protein diet and a slightly warm water and apply other methods which are proven by betta keepers.

Betta Fish Lifespan Record

A healthy high protein diet and extensive care can increase the lifespan of the betta fish. Betta fish has set the record of living in captivity for 3 to 5 years because of their great caretakers and there are some instances where bettas lived for seven years even! It all depends on the care and quality of the food you give to your little betta.

Bettas are very sensitive and require great care with eternal love!  Make them feel at home by mimicking their natural habitat and provide them the similar living environment and trust me the lifespan of betta fish will be increased!

If you have some other question just ping me or post in the comment section below and I will be happy to answer you as the token of love for your betta <3

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Nooru Ariyoushi

Nooru Ariyoushi

Nooruariyoushi has been a fish hobbyist for 20 years and is now a blog writer sharing information about fish and how to care for them.

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