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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-07-2005, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone know how long a betta

fish's life span is? My daughter and I were having a talk about this tonight, and I would love to be able to tell her
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i dont know for sure..... but my niece had 1 for 3 years....


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About two years on average, but they can live up to five years (according to BettaTalk).

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Yup, 2-5 years is average. The main problem is alot of bettas in the stores are already quite old. So unless you go to a breeder you won't know how long your fish will actually be with you. Very few stores know the ages of their Bettas.

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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-07-2005, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks so much I'll let my daughter know, she has has Keko for about 2 years now. And I would like to get one for me, they are just so beautiful. Thanks again.
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Yup, 2-5 years is average. The main problem is alot of bettas in the stores are already quite old. So unless you go to a breeder you won't know how long your fish will actually be with you. Very few stores know the ages of their Bettas.
Thats what i was just going to say

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Yup, 2-5 years as everyone has been saying .




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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-04-2005, 08:23 PM
 
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HAHA! same life-span as a hamster. LOL
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-04-2005, 08:30 PM
 
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I have a betta who is almost at the age of two years old. I'm kinda addicted to buying them but I have stopped at 4 bettas for the trime being.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-04-2005, 09:14 PM
 
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u cant put bettas together can you?
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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-04-2005, 09:27 PM
 
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Males should not be in the same tank(they're called siamese fighting fish for a reason) aswelll as gouramis should not go in with bettas as they are both in the same family(so think of a gourami as a betta equal). Female bettas are less aggressive then males, but still can be aggressive towards each other so buying 4 or more females is reccomended so the aggression is spread out. You also need a heavily planted tank. I have a lone female betta in a community tank though with no problems.
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I only have one male betta, but he is about 1.5 years old now. he's doing pretty good. I'd li ke to get hime a new tank sometime tho ugh as he is only in a 2 gallon fish tank. I know that's plenty big enough for a betta, but I like to spoil my babies.
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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-06-2005, 08:41 PM
 
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Why is it a 2 year life span only???? I thought it would be longer than that...
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-07-2005, 08:22 AM
 
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Its not only a 2 yr lifespan, thats the minimum. It can live longer with adequate housing, propper food and a clean environment. Its just different factors that can affect its lifer span(what i mentioned before, inbreeding, the stress of being shipped from half across the worlsd, etc).
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-07-2005, 10:33 AM
 
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My Beta recently passed away this winter . I had him for about 5 years, I dont know exactly how old he was when I got him at the pet store.

He was extraordinary, as soon as I would walk near his bowl he would go nuts. He would follow my finger along his bowl and always made me smile.

Im not even sure it was age that killed him, he seemed perfectly healthy the day before he died. I had recently brought home a new kitten, claws and all. Then one day when I went to feed him I noticed he had a huge gash in his head. I dont know for sure but I think the kitten may have done it. My older cat would always sit near his bowl and dip her declawed paws in his bowl, he would swim around her paw totally un afraid. (I always shoo'd her away tho, cuz i didnt want her eating him!) I tried to save him but he died about 3 days later. I cried so hard over a fish =(, my husband thought I was silly.

So a beta can definately live a long time if you give them lots of love and proper care!

It is really important you change their water weekly if you keep them in a small glass bowl, with no bubbles or filtration. Only empty about 70% of the water, because keeping that fish bacteria is still important even for a beta. I would completely empty out his bowl about every 1.5-2 mo, and even then didnt scrub down his marbles. I would bleach everything once a year... USE lots of Stresscoat (or de-chlorinizing item) until the bleach smell is gone, and even then do it 2 more times =)! And talk to them, mine loved it

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