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The Siamese Fighting Fish

Before you buy your fighter

Betta image courtesy www.dbs.nus.edu.sg Obviously, you'll find your fighter at a pet store that has aquaria (that's plural for aquarium), and there are a few things to keep in mind before you pick little Genghis Khan out of the water.

It's always a good idea to buy a book that tells you how to take care of a pet you're about to bring home - even if it's as small as a fish. Fish need less attention than, say, a dog or cat, but deserve to be cared for equally well. You can even look for information on the internet, especially on sites like www.plakatthai.com if you want to read up on fighting fish. By the way, they're also called 'Betta Splendens', or simply 'bettas', but we'll stick to calling them fighters - that's more exciting, yeah?

Through a book or good website, you'll learn about a fighter's behaviour, what aquarium equipment you will need, its water requirements, common diseases and other useful stuff.

In preparation, rinse the fighter's tank thoroughly, and rub it down with a wet washcloth, being careful not to use soap. You should treat the water according to the instructions in the book, and let the tank run its equipment for three to four days before you introduce the fish into the water. Keep the food ready, and make sure the tank is in a safe area.

Next: Choosing your little water warrior

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