I’m all about finding ways to keep your kids busy, learning, and have responsibility. Getting a pet is not for everyone, but with Carson’s interest in habitats and him transitioning to his big boy room, I wanted to give him the opportunity to learn about fish care!
Here’s how we got him a fish on a small budget.
SUPPLIES AND COST:
- Male Betta: Petsmart (under $7)
- Male Bettas must be kept alone as they are aggressive to other males and will breed with females. They are beautiful fish that come in a variety of colors. Put a mirror next to the tank to watch them strut their stuff!
- Tank: Craigslist ($10)
- Craigslist is probably the cheapest place to find a tank! You can find some amazing options (many already come with gravel, plants, and a filter for about $10-$20. Be sure that you have at least 2.5 gallons for your Betta. They do not like small environments contrary to popular belief.
- Betta Food: ($2.39)
- The CHEAPEST place to find fish food is Amazon. The pet store will easily upcharge you 3x that!
- Betta Blood Worms, optional treat: ($3.02)
- These make a great weekly or bi-weekly trait. It’s important to vary your fish’s diet.
- Water Cleanser: ($6.34)
- It’s important to prepare the water for your fish (especially if you are using tap) for fish health and optimal coloring.
- Petsmart Plants: ($0.99 ea.)
- Forgo the expensive ones and get the .99 cent cheapies. Just make sure they are fabric as plastic plants can scratch your fish’s scales and fins.
- Dollar Tree Gravel: ($1 per bag)
- This is a great an inexpensive place to round out your tank!
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