Caring for Siamese Fighting Fish


Essential Guidelines to Setting up your Siamese Fish Tank or Bowl

The most important thing to remember if you are setting up a Siamese fish tank is that they need a lot of space and clean water. The recommended minimum amount of water per Siamese fish is one gallon (4.5 litres). This effectively means that the siamese fish aquarium should be large enough to hold one gallon (4.5 litres) of water per Siamese fish you wish to introduce. Siamese fighting fish can be fun fish if they have enough space to frolic around in. "Siamese fish in a Vase," a recent fad, which involves placing one Siamese fish in a large vase along with a peace lily and some marbles, should be considered inhumane and avoided as such. Although beautiful to look at, this fad amounts to nothing but torture and the likelihood of death for the Siamese fish concerned.

Siamese fish can jump and will jump when the opportunity presents itself. It is a good idea to place a cover (with sufficient air holes in it) over the Siamese fish tank to prevent the Siamese fish from jumping right out. Siamese fish do not only obtain oxygen from the water, but also from the atmosphere. For this reason, it is important that they have access to fresh air and oxygen from outside the tank. This will keep your Siamese fish healthy and happy. No doubt he (or she) will jump with joy at the thought of fresh air without running the risk of falling from the tank.

Make sure that the filtration system in your tank does not pose a threat to the safety of the Siamese fish. It should be set up in such a way that your Siamese fish cannot get its fins stuck at the point of air intake. Also ensure that the setting of the filtration system is kept at the lowest level. Siamese fish get stressed when there is rapid movement in the water. The low-set filter will not cause any current within the siamese fish tank.

Siamese fighting fish thrive in waters that are about 75 - 80°F (24 - 27°C). You should have a thermometer and keep a constant check of the water to ensure that it is consistently maintained within the optimum temperature range. Rapid, drastic temperature changes stress them out and make them prone to fin rot and other diseases.

There are many types of thermometers available: Either floating or submersible glass thermometers that are alcohol based or liquid crystal strips that are a stick-on type could be used. The advantage of having a liquid crystal stick-on thermometer is that it is placed outside the tank. The greatest drawback is that is offers a lower degree of accuracy. Submersible or floating thermometers are very precise and accurate, and are placed inside the water in the tank. The only drawback is that it must be cleaned as you would any other tank decoration or ornament.

Another way of checking the temperature of the tank water is with a hand-held thermometer. It's simple to do - you just take a sample of water from the tank, insert the thermometer and read the temperature. This thermometer is particularly useful in ensuring that the fresh water being added to the tank during a water change is of the right temperature.

Siamese Fish tank thermometer

To achieve the required water temperature, a tank heater can be used. A 25-Watt tank heater will suffice for a 2-gallon (9 Litre) tank. It is important to monitor the heating process as the water can reach the desired temperature quite quickly.

Siamese Fish tank heater

A well set up tank will go a long way towards ensuring that your Siamese fish remain happy, healthy and a joy to behold.

Siamese Fish Tank starter kit
Starter Kits are great for your first
Siamese, as everything you need
is included. (except the fish)