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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-22-2012, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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What bettas should I start with?

I had a Veiltail Betta a few years back and she lived with me for 4 years before passing. I'm starting up in betta care again and i'm wondering if there is a certain kind of betta that is a little easier to care for than others. It made me wonder when I realized some plants are easier than most.
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They are all the same care. :) If you can find a plakat (short finned betta) or a female you should get those, because some of the bettas with big pretty tails may bite them if stressed or bored. Make sure you have a 2.5+ Gallon tank with a heater and filter! :D

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They are all the same care. :) If you can find a plakat (short finned betta) or a female you should get those, because some of the bettas with big pretty tails may bite them if stressed or bored. Make sure you have a 2.5+ Gallon tank with a heater and filter! :D
Cool thanks for the help! Ill keep it in mind when i go out to buy them :)
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I often hear halfmoons are hardier fish than other breeds, but it's debatable. With the right care, any fish can flourish. Most my bettas live about 7-10 years.
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I often hear halfmoons are hardier fish than other breeds, but it's debatable. With the right care, any fish can flourish. Most my bettas live about 7-10 years.
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I would just go with whatever betta you connect with. I don't really think one is easier then another other than long finned breeds may bite their tails. I personally love females and feel they have more personality. But again go with whatever betta connects with you. I have done that and haven't gone wrong!

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You just have to keep the temp between 76-82 degrees, watch for all illness, and make sure you do regular water changes once a week or more (depending on tank size). Also, aquarium salt and a mixed diet does them well. ;)

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I've been raising bettas since I was 7, and breeding them for a couple years.
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Also remember that although bettas charm us with their little personality's and natural behaviors don't forget they will do about anything to commit suicide. Eat themselves to death, jump out of the tank, squeeze into tiny holes in decorations and get stuck, loge themselves under dividers... the list goes on and on so be careful. They aren't trying to kill themselves, they don't know any better and are curious.

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^^ Thanks for all the heads up guys and yeah I remember I had to get different base for my betta because she tried to get under them all the time.
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-23-2012, 12:45 PM
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I have a Plakat and he is the best betta ever. I come from a long line of people whos fish die a few days after buying them and I've managed to keep him alive. Plakats are suppost to be really hardy.

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