How old was/is your oldest Betta - what's the longest you've had one last? - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-03-2010, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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Smile How old was/is your oldest Betta - what's the longest you've had one last?

I was in my local aquarium store today and as per usual people were trying to tell me that Bettas only last for 2 years. I'm sure my longest lasting were 5 and 4 years - its unusual for me to not have them seem to last a long time.

Are my fish unusual or do some of you have very long lived bettas too?

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Rod - ?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-03-2010, 06:47 AM
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It varies. Sometimes I'll get a betta that lives for 4 years! (RIP Bloo)
But others only live for 2. (RIP Cosmo)

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-03-2010, 08:38 AM
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I had one that lived for 3 years, but I was little and didn't take care of him well. My fish Fishy was adopted from another member on this forum and he has been with her a while! Plus he looks like he's a little older than your usual petshop guys
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My guy Fish, who recently passed, lived with me for 4 years and I think he was older than most of the other fish from the Pet store.

My oldest living fish now I guess would be Freddie Mercury. I got him a year ago almost to the day.

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 08:15 PM
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I've been keeping bettas for less than a year, but my first betta is still alive! Or at least, I hope she is...she's under my sister's care atm.

Puck (Yellow koi HM king) / Scar (White HM) / Salt 'n Pepper (Silver HMPK) / 'That fish' (Copper butterfly HM) / No name (White DT) / No name 2 (Turquoise/white marble HM) / No name 3 (Lilac HM)

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 09:29 PM
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Longest has probably been 3 years (that was a long time ago.. I LOVE YOU Bubbles!) the shortest was one I didn't even get to name and it was a couple weeks later (internal thing I presume)... And my current ones are pretty well. My oldest is a year old right now, my oldest died a couple weeks ago from Dropsy :( And he was 2...

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-07-2010, 06:20 PM
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Tango's my first betta and I'm pretty sure he was a lil guy when I got him. I've had him a year and three months now. He's not my first fish though, I used to keep fancy guppies and goldfish many, many years ago.

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-07-2010, 11:38 PM
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I had my first betta (Nebula) for nearly 3.5 years in a .25 gal little cup thing - before I knew better! He survived being knocked over by cats at east five times. Very hearty fish, bettas. :)
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-08-2010, 07:08 AM
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My oldest is probably Prof. Lupin, who I rescued from a teacher a year and a half ago. I know that the teacher had him for around 6 months, and he was probably between 3-6 months old when she got him. So, that makes him almost 2 and a half now :) I see no signs of him kicking the bucket anytime soon! The last betta I bought was around 8 months ago and most of the others are were bought before prof. lupin so that makes them almost 2 years old as well. I forsee these guys being with me a long time which is why I definitely can't get any more now!

20 gallon long: 3 adult Neolamprologus similis + about 11 fry of various ages; low light planted tank
20 gallon long:2 freshwater dwarf puffers (Puff Puff and Poofer); medium-light planted tank
10 gallon: 1 male betta named Wormy; low light planted tank
10 gallon: 1 male betta named Dante; low light planted tank
2, 5.5 gallon tanks that are currently empty (I see more fish on the horizon )

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-08-2010, 09:24 AM
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my oldest betta was Sam my red veiltail he lived for 3 years i think

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