Betta Fish Water Temperature

Betta Fish Water Temperature: Ideal Range Revealed!

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Let us cut straight to the answer you are looking for. Most betta experts agree that the ideal temperature range for a betta fish tank is between 78 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (25.5 and 26.5 degrees Celsius).

But there is still much more to know about betta fish and their tank temperature requirements!

Key Takeaways

  • The ideal water temperature for betta fish is between 78 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, mirroring the tropical climate they hail from in Thailand and Burma.
  • Bettas can survive in slightly warmer or cooler temperatures, from 72 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. However, extremes outside their comfort zone and the ideal range can lead to stress, lethargy, or overactive behaviors.
  • Using an aquarium heater and thermometer in a betta tank is crucial for maintaining the ideal temperature range to keep bettas healthy, especially if room temperatures fluctuate.

Why Is That the Ideal Temperature Range for Betta Fish?

Betta fish (Betta Splendens) come from the temperature climates of Southeast Asia — Thailand and Burma, specifically — where they live in freshwater streams, rice paddies, swamps, or ponds and see tropical temperatures consistently.

There have been questions about whether or not domesticated betta fish require tropical temperatures anymore. While there are differences between wild betta fish and bettas you would keep as pets, the need for such warm water is not one of them.

Survive or Thrive?

You should try to keep your betta in an environment heated between 78 and 80 degrees but know that betta fish can and will live outside of these limits. The difference is that they will survive, not thrive.

We will call the 78- to 80-degree range as the betta’s thriving range. Betta fish also have a surviving range between 72 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit (22.22 and 30 degrees Celsius). If your fish’s aquarium dropped below or above those temperatures for more than an hour, you’d more than likely lose your betta. The closer you are to the thriving range, the healthier and happier your fish will be.

The easiest way to see if the tank is at the optimal temperature is with a simple aquarium thermometer. But if you’re still having trouble staying in the thriving range, err on the warmer side. Bettas would rather be a bit too warm than a bit too cold.

Is 84° Too Hot for a Betta Fish?

If by “too hot” you mean having fatal consequences, then no. If you mean uncomfortable for your betta, then yes.

This is a prime example of the survival range. Yes, a betta fish can technically survive in 84-degree water. However, we’ve done our research, and all of it shows that the betta would not be comfortable in an environment this hot. Leave your aquarium water at this temperature, and your betta will likely show signs of stress, negatively impacting your fish’s quality of life.

Think of it this way. Most people will notice if their home’s thermostat is changed from its usual setting to one or two degrees higher or lower. I, for one, can be perfectly comfortable in a house set at 70 degrees but feel like crawling out of my skin if things warm up to 72.

Imagine someone cranking your pleasant 70-degree house up to 75 or down to 65. It wouldn’t kill you, but you might want to kill them! Betta fish feel the same, except they’re even more temperature-sensitive than we are.

Is My Betta Too Cold?

Betta fish lethargy is a symptom of many different ailments, and it’s also a tell-tale sign that the tropical fish is in too-cold temperatures.

Cooler temperatures slow down a betta’s metabolic functions. With this slowdown comes inactivity and loss of appetite. You will notice that your betta won’t eat as often or at all when the betta’s tank is below the ideal temperature.

Is My Betta Too Hot?

Overactive behavior suggests the betta is in too-hot water. Darting from one side of the aquarium to the other non-stop and sometimes a sort of “burrowing” into the gravel is commonly seen in tanks that are too warm.

Too-hot temperatures also lower the oxygen levels in the water, making it difficult for the fish to breathe. When this happens, the betta heads to the top of the tank and uses its labyrinth organ to inhale oxygen from the surface.

How To Warm Betta Fish Water

If you live in an area that is consistently below 75 degrees, investing in an aquarium heater — many betta-owning Redditors recommend choosing a manually adjustable heater over a preset heater, and we agree! — is a hot idea.

Fish tank heaters are available in different makes and models and are designed for use in various tank sizes. Most are considerably affordable, and a less-than-$20 decent heater can warm a two- to 10-gallon aquarium — a very small investment for something that will keep your betta warm and healthy.

But don’t just go for whatever is cheaper; you need a good quality aquarium heater. That way, you don’t have to worry much about it malfunctioning and turning your betta’s tank into a fish fry or damaging your entire property. Never get too cheap with products that heat something on purpose — that’s just this author’s two cents.

Temperature Changes

Betta fish are very sensitive to water temperature changes, especially quick ones; those can stress a betta greatly.

Such stress can lead to shock, bloating, and other ailments. So, make sure any changes to your aquarium, including changing the water or turning aquarium heaters on, are done gradually.

Ambient vs. Actual Temperature

Another thing to note is that your water tank temperature will be significantly lower than the ambient temperature of the room it’s in. For example, if the room temperature is 78 degrees, the temperature of your betta’s aquarium will most likely read around 76 degrees. This is why it’s a really smart move on your part to buy an aquarium thermometer.

Stick To the Ideal Betta Temperature

If you want to keep your betta healthy and help it live a long life, be serious about the temperature of its tank. Invest in a tank heater and a thermometer (most heaters have a built-in thermometer you can use) and monitor the tank temperature regularly, making sure it stays between 78 and 80 degrees. You want to keep your betta thriving, not just surviving.

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