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.
Fluffy DT, A-tsi-hi HM, Sebastion EE HM, Jovan EE HM, Hector EE HM, Dandelion HM, Star HM, RIP: Dalish OHM, Bubbles VT, Big Red CT
Last edited by Phaydra; 12-02-2012 at 10:34 PM.