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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-10-2010, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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I just got my betta fish from walmart yesterday. (a crown tail male and a female). The male seems really lathegic and i need to know if this is common when transporting them home from a store or if he is really sick.
Also is it ok to leave a male and female betta together without a divider?
note: this is my first time with betta fish and i really want to breed them and have several more.
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He's probably okay. I had a betta that hid as soon as I put him in his bowl after coming home. Just watch out for anything that may be a symptom of a disease and keep an eye on your water parameters and temperature.

I've never kept female bettas, but I hear that you shouldn't leave them together for too long without a divider.

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You might want a divider because Females will bite up the male.My advtar is my betta that I got at Walmart and I had to nurse him back to health.
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After breeding get a divider.
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I would not leave the male and female together unless you are breeding and then you remove the female once spawning is completed or you have a tank in the 55g or larger, otherwise they may kill each other.

Do lots of research before breeding this species it is not as easy as putting two fish together.

Often these betta can be stressed when you first get them from the store, what are your plans for housing them or size of tank you plan to use?
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I planning on getting a female Betta to breed Alien the fish in my advtar.Keep them apart for the first 2 weeks then you can put them together to breed.
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ok thanks alot i am going to get a slightly bigger tank with in the next week with a nice heater.
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What's the temp of the water? Water temp has a huge part in how the fish acts. If it's under 75, you need to get a heater ASAP if you don't have one already.

Males and females shouldn't be housed together. Not saying it cannot be done, but IMO it's not worth the risk and should only be attempted by people who really know what their doing.

Breeding is a lot of work, so if you are trying to breed I suggest you do a TON of research so you know what your doing!!!

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i have to get a divider and a heater the temp is roughly around 76 degrees i am getting a heater soon so the night time is not so hard on them. As for research i am doing that at the moment so i know them inside and out. thanks

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doggyhogs right dont plan on breeding untill you know what your doing.
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