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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question anyone had a betta live longer than 3 years?

if you have how did you look after it? the more detail the better

I want to know because i want my betta to live a long time
and i want to know the best way to look after him

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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 08:47 PM
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The longest I've had one live is approximately 2.5 yrs. Have not broke the 3 year mark but this is definitely do-able.
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Carters 2.5 years old.
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My bettas have all lived to 4ish. I only keep 1 or 2 at a time. My advice is read the stickies they are extremely educational for the hobby. And don't be afraid to ask tons of questions! The breeders here really know their stuff. I've only recently joined the forum but I've been learning from here for years. Goodluck! =D
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You said the breeders dont know there stuff on the other thread.
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Big Red is pushing just over 3 years. I kept him in 5g heated, sponge filtered tank with 50% weekly water changes and a ready to go charcoal filter for after any medication I need to use. I have a 40g to seed my tanks with too and have managed to keep even my 5g's cycled so far. I use tap water for changes but let it sit a week in a jug before it goes into his tank. I have another jug for top off water too that sits for a week as well. I condition it too but I am a little paranoid over my fish water. Really though so many things happen that can shorten a Betta's life. I had a Delta Tail that was kept in perfect water conditions all his life but only live about a year. He developed a growth over his mouth that prevented him from eating. Red was a Walmart rescue so you can imagine how filthy of conditions he live in for the first part of his life. A agree with reading the stickies too. I've been learning from reading them and I am trying to get Red to the 5 year mark.

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My longest living betta was 2 years. Plenty of water changes and good heating.


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my girl will hit the 3 yr mark in March. She's still doing great and acting young! Good diet, proper water changes and good care.

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Carter lives in a ten gallon heated, filtered, IAL, planted, and FFF sometimes.
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thanks everyone it sounds to me well heated and filtered lightly,with Plenty of plants and 50% water changes is best way
thats what i've been doing

i think i will read some of the stickies see if there is anything i can learn from them

I have a veiltail who isn't careful with his fins so he often tears them so i'm always having to look out for signs of finrot when i think its not healing i put aq salt in, I like to do 50% water changes every 5 days to make sure water is clean, and i use stress coat, i also put oak leaves in but i think the filter, filters all the tannin from them out

i would like to hear from as many people a possible who have had 3 year old bettas
the more the better so keep posting please

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