How to Care for Betta Fish When on Vacation

How to Care for Betta Fish When on Vacation

Do you know how to care for Betta fish when on vacation? If you have a Betta fish in a bowl, care for your Betta while on vacation should be relatively simple. Just follow the guidelines below to ensure your Betta is healthy and happy while you’re gone.
How to Care for Betta Fish When on Vacation

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How to Care for Betta Fish When on Vacation

If you’ll only be gone for a day or two, there is probably no need to do anything special for your Betta except to be certain that your home temperature is kept comfortable. A healthy adult Betta can go several days without a meal (and in some cases a week or two).

If you’ll be gone for more than a few days, here are a few things to consider.

  • Food. If you’ll only be gone for a few days, as I mentioned above, you can simply not feed them. If you’ll be gone for more than a few days, you will want to have a fish sitter (or neighbor) stop by and feed your Betta every few days.
  • Temperature. The temperature of your home should be set (with air conditioning or heat) to be between about 73F and 86F to keep your Betta comfortable. Be certain that your heating and cooling is set to maintain your home at a comfortable level.
  • Lighting. You’ll want to replicate the normal day and light conditions your Betta experiences while you’re at home. A simple timer for your lights will work well.
  • Clean water. Be certain to clean the tank right before you leave to be sure your Betta has clean water. I’d recommend a full water change to be sure it’s the best quality water possible.  That should mean the water will be fine for about a week.

How to Care for Betta Fish When on Vacation

If you’ll be gone for more than a week, I highly recommend that you contact a fish sitter or pet sitter. If you have a friend or neighbor who is familiar with Betta, you can certainly have them stop by to take care of care while you’re gone.

Make sure that you double check the condition of the filter and other supplies before you leave on vacation. Once you know your Betta is happy and healthy, you’ll be able to enjoy your time away.


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2 thoughts on “How to Care for Betta Fish When on Vacation

  1. Awwh, your post makes me want to go get a new beta fish. They’re definitely great tips for the care of a beta. I miss my blue male beta “Puppy” still, as I had him for just over three years, and despite the tiny brain, I felt he had quite the memory and personality. Even trained him to eat from my finger at feeding time; and he was a great leader in our family’s tank. <3

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