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My daughters both love keeping fish, especially my youngest - the 3 year old. She loves watching her fish swim around their fish tank. I thought it was time to get rid of our old fish tank and start anew. This time with a new type of freshwater fish - a Betta.
It's been a very long time since I've kept a Betta as a pet. In their natural habitat, they live in small rice paddy puddles, so they don't require a huge tank. Still, something a comfortable size is nice. Betta fish are aggressive towards each other, and must be kept alone.
Off I went to PetSmart with my two girls. I wasn't even sure what kind of fish I was going to get this time. I love them all! I decided to go with a Betta because they are an easy fish to keep.
Finally, we decided on a deep red colored male Betta with blue eyes. He has some blue mixed in on his body too which is hard to capture in a photo. Photos really cannot capture just how beautiful he is! At my oldest daughter's request, we've named him "Blaze".
Next, I needed to gather some supplies for him. We found a 3 gallon fish tank for a reasonable price from API® Fishcare. This fish tank comes with a few extras too that are helpful for starting an aquarium. Here is what was included in my API Fishcare Aquarium Kit:
- Power Filter with filter cartridge
- Light Hood with 7 Switchable LED light colors (plus some other really cool light options)
- Packet of Tropical Fish Food
- 3 Pouches of API® Perfect Start™ for Day 1, 14, and 28
The API Perfect Start pouches that are included with the API Fishcare Aquarium Kit I purchased help get the water ready for the fish to live in. They come with easy to follow instructions and take the guesswork out of what you need to make sure you're ready for your fish to live in his new home. And they help you keep a healthy fish tank for the first 4 weeks.
Just remember that you have to get the water up to room temperature before adding any fish into the aquarium.
Another reason why I love our new API Fishcare Aquarium is the light. I feel Blaze the Betta is having a dance party in that thing. Seriously - it is way too cool. There are 7 amazing LED light colors you can select from and it looks nice. My favorite colors are white and yellow, for their more natural look. But there's also, blue, green, purple, and red. I can even have the colors alternate and change every few seconds. Check out the video below to see what I mean.
I really do love our API Fishcare Aquarium Kit and wish that I had found these a long time ago. They make keeping fish SO much easier. In the past, I've purchased a tank, filter, filter cartridges, and all kinds of other accessories separate. I like that the API Fishcare Aquarium Kit keeps things simple for me. I just needed to purchase some extra food, gravel, and decorations.I also purchased some extra API Fishcare Tap Water Conditioner for future use. (You MUST have tap water conditioner! It makes tap water safe for fish to live in.)
And I am loving this Betta fish too. Blaze has such personality, which I know might be hard to imagine for a fish. He swims fast and seems excited when he sees me. I'm also teaching him how to do a trick, because apparently you can do that with a Betta fish. He's doing really with his training and I'll have to share it with you all later. Callie the Calico seems to find him quite entertaining as well.
If you are looking for an easy start aquarium for a Betta fish or even tropical freshwater fish, we recommend visiting PetSmart and checking out the API Fishcare Aquarium Kits they have available. You can also shop for API Fishcare products online HERE.
You can visit API Fishcare on Facebook to stay up to date with them. They are also having an aquarium giveaway on Facebook. Just CLICK HERE to enter!
Have you ever kept fish as pets before? Tell us about them in the comments!