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7 Easy Steps to Cleaning a Betta Fish Bowl (with Pictures)

The Betta fish is a popular freshwater aquarium fish that is known for its colorful beauty and graceful swimming. Bettas can be kept in small bowls or tanks, making them a popular choice for first-time fish owners.

It is important to keep the Betta’s environment clean to ensure its health and well-being. In fact, it’s advisable to clean the bowl weekly to uphold the water’s purity. In this article, National Park Aquarium will provide a helpful guide on how to clean a Betta fishbowl.

How To Clean a Betta Fishbowl Easily

Cleaning a Betta fishbowl is essential for the health and well-being of your Betta fish. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean a Betta fishbowl:

What You Should Prepare Before Cleaning

  • A gravel vacuum
  • A water conditioner
  • A small fishnet
  • Some pieces of paper towels
  • Buckets
  • A brush
  • A clean container
  • Mild soap
  • Aquarium salt
Prepare Before Cleaning
Prepare Before Cleaning

Step 1: Move Your Betta to a Container

It is important to use the fishnet gently when moving your betta fish to a clean container at the usual temperature it has in the bowl environment. You should try to minimize the sudden changes and waiting time by preparing the water beforehand.

Move Your Fish to a Container
Move Your Fish to a Container

Step 2: Empty The Betta Bowl

The first step in cleaning a Betta fish bowl is to empty it. You can do this by simply tipping the bowl into a sink or bucket to remove all the water.

After draining the water from the bowl, it’s time to clean it. You can use a mild soap and a soft cloth to wipe down the inside of the bowl. Ensure you rinse the bowl comprehensively with fresh water to eliminate any traces of soap.

Empty The Betta Bowl
Empty The Betta Bowl

Step 3: Rinse The Bowl and Gravel

The next step is to vacuum the gravel in the bowl. This will remove any waste or uneaten food accumulated in the bowl’s bottom. You can use a small gravel vacuum to remove the gravel dirt.

After removing the water and vacuuming the gravel, you will need to rinse the bowl and the gravel. This can be done with clean water from your tap.

It is recommended to use a water conditioner, so there is no trace of chlorine left from the water before adding it back into the bowl.

Rinse The Bowl and Gravel
Rinse The Bowl and Gravel

Step 4: Clean Decorations and Equipment

  • If you have decorations, caves, or plants in the bowl, rinse them with warm water too.
  • If you use a filter or heater, check the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning guidelines.
Clean Decorations and Equipment
Clean Decorations and Equipment

Step 5: Clean The Betta Bowl

Use warm water (no soap!) to rinse the fishbowl. If there’s stubborn algae or debris, you can use a soft sponge or brush. There are also special brushes designed for cleaning fish bowls and tanks that can be very effective.

Utilize a paper towel to clean the interior of the bowl. Ensure all algae or accumulated deposits on the bowl’s sides are cleared away.

Clean The Betta Bowl
Clean The Betta Bowl

Step 6: Add Fresh Water

Once you have rinsed both the bowl and gravel, you can add fresh water to the bowl. Do not forget to use a water conditioner to remove any chlorine from the water before adding it back into the bowl.

You can also add a small amount of aquarium salt to the water to help keep your Betta’s fins healthy.

Add Fresh Water
Add Fresh Water

Step 7: Add your Betta Back to The Bowl

Once you have refilled the bowl with fresh water, you can add your Betta fish back into it.
Make sure you acclimate your Betta to the new water slowly by adding a small amount of it to their bowl every few minutes over an hour or so. This will help prevent your Betta from going into shock from the change in water temperature or pH level.

Source: BetterBetta

Tips for cleaning your Betta Fish Bowl

  • When cleaning the bowl, you should remove all of the water and gravel. It is necessary to prevent the spread of bacteria or other diseases.
  • It is advisable to clean the Betta fishbowl every week to ensure your Betta’s health and well-being.
  • If you notice that your Betta fish is not eating or acting normally, you may need to clean their bowl more often.
  • Always use a water conditioner when adding new water to a Betta fishbowl. It is to remove any harmful chemicals from the water that could harm your fish.
  • When cleaning the bowl, use a mild soap (and not any abrasive cleaner) and rinse it thoroughly with clean water to remove any residue.
  • Never use harsh chemicals or cleaners on your Betta fish bowl, as these can be toxic to your fish.
Tips for cleaning your Betta fishbowl
Tips for cleaning your Betta fishbowl


So, those are a few tips on keeping your Betta fish bowl clean. With these simple guidelines and being conscientious of the environment in which your fish lives, you can help ensure they remain healthy and happy for a long time.

Cleaning a Betta fish bowl is relatively simple and only needs to be done every week or so. Have any questions about cleaning your Betta fishbowl? Leave them in the comments below, and we’ll be happy to answer them!

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Kevin Mills, the founder of Nationalparkaquarium.org


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