Seven Fish Myth Busters Prove Bettas Make Great Pets

Learn why Betta fish make great first pets at Petco’s free, family-friendly Amazing Aquatics Event

In an effort to clear up confusion around the often-misunderstood betta fish, Petco offers myth busters and free educational events to demonstrate why bettas can be one of the most exciting pets a child can have. Though commonly referred to as “fighting fish,” these Southeast Asia natives are low-maintenance pets that show off their individual personalities through their vibrant colors and friendly gestures.

On February 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., children 6 to 12 years old are invited to Petco’s Amazing Aquatics Event to learn about the amazing lives of betta fish and how they make great first pets for kids.

Below are some insightful myth busters about fish that prove bettas make great pets for kids and adults, alike.

  • Myth #1: Fish need a lot of room to swim. Bettas may actually fare better in a smaller bowl because they don’t like a current. They prefer stagnant water because it mimics their natural habitat in rice paddies.
  • Myth #2: Fish cannot breath oxygen. This is true for most fish, but bettas have labyrinth organs that allow them to breath oxygen, which is why they can be kept in smaller habitats. They can gulp air, rather use their gills, because they are labyrinth fish, which also helps them survive in dirty puddles. 
  • Myth #3: Some fish can’t share a tank with other fish. Keeping more than one Betta in a fish tank should be avoided, but bettas can actually be in the same tank with other nonaggressive fish such as neon tetras and guppies.
  • Myth #4: A fish floating on its side is never a good thing. Not for bettas! Bettas will often float on their side and lay motionless at times because they are native to shallow bodies of water.
  • Myth #5: Fish require frequent tank cleanings. Some fish need fresh water more often than others. Bettas only need about 25-50 percent of new, fresh water added to its tank every week or so. However, Petco recommends frequent water changes for pet betta fish.
  • Myth #6: Goldfish are the perfect “starter” fish. Actually, bettas are known to be one of the best kinds of fish to start with. Many people see goldfish as the perfect starter fish, but a recent study shows that 85 percent of the people in the aquarium trade got started with a betta.
  • Myth #7: Fish cannot show emotion. Betta fish have plenty of emotion to show off! Some betta fish owners even say they are greeted by their betta fish as they approach its fish bowl, because they have the ability to recognize faces.

There is plenty more to learn about betta fish at the free, family-friendly Amazing Aquatics Event taking place at all Petco locations nationwide. Attendees will have the opportunity to find their betta personality and design their betta fish tank to reflect it. Participants will also receive free activity books with aquatic tips and inspiring ideas for new betta fish parents.

For more information, please contact your nearest Petco location or visit