Originally Posted by ChicagoPete
Oh mann am I hearing this correctly? That he suggests they are happyer in small half gallon tanks as aposed to larger tanks because they can damage theyr fins easyer from to much activity... I always thought it was what you put in the tank that did the damage not the size. >.> He then Contridicts himself at the end says theyll be fine in 10,20,30 gallon tanks.
In the end he is talking about the wild bettas not the domesticated bettas most of us keep....the first part of the podcast in on the Betta splendens...most is on wild Bettas and the IBC
And yes, with breeders and people that show Betta like to use smaller container without filtration to keep the fins in tip-top shape and to encourage good growth....when a Betta has long heavy fins it can be hard on them to swim and the excessive use of the fins to swim can sometimes cause the damage.....long fin Bettas are a man made fish and their needs and care are different than the wild type....they don't come from rice paddies they come from aquariums...when you hear them talking about living in puddles of water made by animal hoofs they are talking about the wild short fin Betta not the long fin man made Betta...although they are related...you will not find long fin Bettas naturally in the wild..... unless man put it their......and then they wouldn't survive for long.....