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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-03-2004, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Anything in particular I need to know?

Is there anything I need to know about my Betta? Of course they didn't tell me anything at PetsMart. His tank isn't huge but it's about 4 times the size of the stupid cup he was in. I hope to upgrade soon. He looks so lonely! LOL

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-04-2004, 07:46 AM
 
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Length is more important than depth to them fwiw... so when you look to upgrade consider the most "all around" swimming space over "how deep it is".

In the wild I believe they thrive in the rice fields... very shallow "marshy" waters...

All of the obvious stuff applies... never over feed..and keep the water very clean, and don't allow major temperature changes.

It is possible, with a full size aquarium, to place bettas with other fish.. it just takes a bit of experimenting because the betta can nip them or they'll nip the beta..so it should only be done with caution and after you're experienced with a variety of fish.

Don't be afraid to make friends with the betta..they're actually quite social with their humans
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Really? Maybe he just needs to adjust. Ry fed him this morning and he actually ate it. Ry was tickled and kept waving and saying "JoJo." So I think we'll make it part of our routine.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-04-2004, 10:15 AM
 
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Like Deb said, keeping his tank clean and not over feeding are most important.

I think you all will enjoy the beta, but Ry will absolutely love it. We had fish when Autumn was little, and she would watch them for hours.

I've seen people with beta's in a bigger tank, but it is not an easy mix.
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So, its better to keep bettas in long shallow bowls? Where can I find those? All I ever see are big tanks and then fish bowls or betta bowls.
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So, its better to keep bettas in long shallow bowls? Where can I find those? All I ever see are big tanks and then fish bowls or betta bowls.
In my experience, bettas really enjoy swimming. I have one in a 3 gallon, one in a 2.5 gallon, and two that share a divided 10 gallon. They all love having room to swim. What objects to you have in the bowl, Christi? They enjoy having plants and rocks in the tank. Mine love to swim through the plants and rest on them, and they love to "hunt" in between rocks for imaginary prey lol. Here is a pic of my favorite setup. This is Vegas in a 3 gallon Eclipse.

They also seem to enjoy a small filter. As long as its not too strong, the filtration of the water seems to stimulate them. I used to have a female in a non-filtered tank (for like a day ) and she became so much more active after I added a little filter. Christi, when you upgrade, I would add some plants, rocks, and a small filter. That should perk him up. They also like seeing themselves in a mirror. They will perk up and flare at it. Hope this helps.
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