Welcome to BettaFish.com! This is a community for betta lovers to discuss all aspects of betta fish ownership and care, ask and answer betta related questions, share pictures, stories, and more!
We're passionate about our bettas and know that others are too. The rules below are in place to help keep BettaFish.com a friendly place that is welcoming and respectful of differing opinions. Please keep them in mind when posting.
The BettaFish.com Team
1) Be nice. If you can't be nice, be civil. If you can't be civil, please don't post.
Even if you disagree with another member, you can express your opinion in a way that won't cause hard feelings. Please do so.
If somebody doesn't follow this rule and is mean or insulting, please do not reply similarly, because that will only make matters worse. Instead, please report the post(s) in question and allow the Betta Fish Team to address the issue.
2) Let the moderators do the moderating
Do not comment on the inappropriateness of another member's post. If you think a member's post is against the rules or otherwise inappropriate, please report it to a moderator.
Further, please do not attempt to address issues with other members' behavior yourself. Members are very unlikely to change their behavior because of anything another member says to them, and attempts to confront other members typically only exacerbate an issue. Please leave it to the moderators to address other members' behavior. Because moderators have the ability to restrict members' access to the site, moderators can often get through to a member when other members can't. Please feel free to pm a moderator for help at any time.
3) Do not post about any issues you may have with other members.
Do not post about any issues you may have with other members, whether you refer to them explicitly or not. If you have a general issue with another member, please contact the Betta Fish Team, and we will be more than happy to discuss it with you and try to help. If there is an issue with a particular post, please report that post.
4) Do not second guess or otherwise undermine moderators on the open forum
Moderators' actions are the result of careful deliberation by at least one moderator, and often the entire team.
If you disagree with the way an issue was handled, please pm a moderator so that we can explore your concerns. Please do not make posts that criticize a moderator or the Team, as that is only counterproductive and subject to removal.
5) Do not use bad language.
This is a family friendly community, so please do not curse.
6) Keep threads on topic.
Please keep the original poster's purpose for starting a thread in mind when posting in it. While it is natural for the topic of conversation to stray somewhat as threads evolve, please do not make posts that effectively steer a thread in a new and unrelated direction. Instead, please feel free to start a new thread where you can discuss the different topic. Creating new threads, or posts within existing threads, that are blatantly off-topic or serve no legitimate purpose ("spam") is prohibited. Spam Threads/Posts that can be removed without disrupting a thread discussion will be deleted.
7) Do not make unauthorized advertisements.
Many people have sought to leverage the effort that has made this community what it is to drive traffic to their own websites. If we allowed every person who came here to promote their website to do so, this place would consist of nothing but links to other sites that only served to divert our visitors. If you are interested in advertising here, please contact us. Otherwise, advertisements will be removed.
8) Do not discuss inappropriate subject matter.
Certain things simply don't belong on BettaFish.com, such as posts promoting betta fighting, discussing illicit drug use, pornography, violence and suicide etc. Please keep the family friendly nature of this community in mind when posting. Due to the manpower required and the difficulty in monitoring a Role Play thread, as well as the inevitable discussion of violence, it has been decided to deny Role Play threads from any of our Forums.
9) Keep your posts substantive.
While members of all ages 13 and older are welcome to participate, we want to ensure that the community appeals to mature, intelligent fish keepers so that BettaFish.com always remains a community worth visiting. For this reason, we ask that members avoid posting when they have nothing of substance to contribute to a thread. This would include one word posts such as "cool", "pretty", "nice", "cute", etc. or posts that consist only of a smiley.
Please note that reaching a high post count does not result in any benefits whatsoever and has absolutely nothing to do with who is invited to become a moderator, so there is no reason to post merely for the sake of increasing your post count.
10) Keep your signatures reasonable.
We all love our fish. Some members like to do the digital equivalent of shouting it from the rooftops by using large, colorful signatures. Unfortunately, many members find such signatures distracting, especially when they have to see them again and again. For that reason, signatures have been limited to a height of 75 pixels.
You are welcome to link to your personal blog from your signature. If you do so, please return the favor by linking to our parent site, Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources. If you do, notify a moderator and you will receive a linking member designation for supporting the community.
Please do not link to a commercial site in your signature unless you become a sponsor, and please do not promote other forums, Facebook groups, or other social networks in your signature since that undermines our efforts to maintain this community.
11) Do not resurrect or bump threads without reason.
Please do not post to a thread that has not received a reply in a long time unless you have something substantive to add that is not more appropriate in a new thread. Similarly, please use "bumps" sparingly and do not bump your thread unless/until a significant amount of time has passed without it receiving replies. Excessive bumping is more likely to annoy other members than motivate them to reply to your thread.
12) Do not solicit donations.
Please do not ask for donations of money, fish or equipment from other members. We all feel for those in difficult situations, but unfortunately there is no way to distinguish those who are legitimately in need from those who simply have no problem with getting something for nothing at the expense of others.
13) Do not promote other social networks.
Because a lot of effort has gone into cultivating and maintaining this community, we ask that you not link to or otherwise promote other forums, Facebook groups, or other social networks here.
Please note that our rules are subject to change without notice as we deem appropriate in order to maintain the community.
If you break one or more of these rules you will hear from a moderator who will ask you to revise your behavior accordingly. If you are still unable to follow the rules then unfortunately you may have to be banned so that you don't adversely impact others' use and enjoyment of the community.
Please help us out by following the rules so that we can all enjoy sharing our passion for betta fish together here at BettaFish.com.
Your fish, your responsibility
While we have many knowledgeable fish keepers here, please remember that members' opinions are their own and that it is up to you to determine the best course of action for your fish. We are not responsible for any consequences resulting from following the advice you receive here.
The BettaFish.com Staff
For a full set of rules that encompass both our site: Bettafish.com and our parent site: TropicalFishKeeping.com, please follow this link: Tropical Fish Keeping Forum Rules
Last edited by SeaHorse; 02-03-2014 at 08:54 AM.