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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-30-2004, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Recently I've become interested in bettas. They are beautiful fish, males and females alike, and they seem to be easier to keep than turtles. (My parents went against the idea of getting a RES yesterday for some weird reason...) I bought myself a betta book and looked at a few websites. Both sources say that you need to feed them a varied diet, so I'm like "Whaaat?..." Can't you just feed them fish food for bettas? Also, would a 2.5 gallon tank be enough for one betta? What kind of plant should I put in the tank? The sits and the book weren't really specific with those details.
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post #3 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-30-2004, 08:36 PM
 
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2.5 gallon tank would be EXCELLENT for one Betta. He'd be living it up! lol. Try maybe Java Fern? I don't use it myself but I've heard that Bettas do well with it since it's from their original country. I can't think of the name of the plant I myself use right now. I'll let you know if I remember. lol

I feed my Bettas betta Bio-Gold pellets or something like that. I also feed freeze-dried brine shrimp. They looove it. It lasts a long time, too.
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post #4 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-30-2004, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the info! I heard bettas get really spoiled if you feed them shrimp!
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post #5 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-30-2004, 08:42 PM
 
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Well, this can be true. What REALLY spoils them is if they get LIVE shrimp. I feed mine dead freeze dried shrimp. Live bring shrimp or live blood worms make Bettas pickier. They won't want to eat dead things or pellets after that. They're so picky
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post #6 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-30-2004, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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LoL, yeah, I really liked the article at Betta Talk about what makes bettas go Yuck. I love that website!
I came up with this really cool, in my opinion, slogan for bettas.
Bettas are better!!!
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post #7 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-30-2004, 09:15 PM
 
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In Hawai'i, people actually say "Betta" instead of "Better." So I'm always saying "Betta Bettas," and things like that.
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LoL!
That's where I got that slogan from, I guess, the pronounciation of better being "betta", if that makes sense...
your saying is really cool too.
Better Bettas, Bettas are Better!
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Thanks, lol
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I've got another question, are the bettas you get at pet stores okay to buy? I saw a few there that seemed really happy, but then there were really sick looking ones..... I need help with those decisions....
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post #12 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-30-2004, 10:30 PM
 
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It's fine to buy them at pet stores. My Bettas are pet store Bettas. But if you want to show or breed Bettas, it's probably better to buy from a breeder. Pet store bettas are considered the mutts of the Betta world.

Just make sure you pick a healthy one. If he's built or building a bubblenest this is an excellent sign of health.
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I'll make sure to check for bubble nests. i don't think I'm going to breed or show fish. That's not really for me. I just want a happy fish.
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Well, go to your fave pet store, pick out a Betta that looks healthy (no white spots that mean ich, no cottony growths, no tears or holes in the fins that may be fin rot, etc. Make sure he's colorful and happy looking) and active.
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That's what i'll do. It seems so clear now...I need to get some sleep or I will never make it to the pet store.
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