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Old 02-03-2008, 02:39 PM   #1 
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Soon to be Betta owner

So I really want to get a betta fish for my birthday or before and I have never owned one before. Is there anything specific I should get?
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Old 02-03-2008, 02:42 PM   #2 
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A 5 gallon tank or larger, a heater and maybe an easy to grow live plant. Live foods are beneficial but a well varied diet is more important than live. Make sure to include some veggies, specifically shelled peas in their diet.
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:04 PM   #3 
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Hmm, could I do with half of that tank? I'm only planning to get one fish.
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Old 02-03-2008, 07:38 PM   #4 
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ive heard of success from a 1/2 gallon tank but its usually good to put him in at least a 1 gallon tank.

use a conditioner for your water (never use tap water unless you condition the water!!!!!) I advise using Amquel

the water temperature must be between 72-80 degrees

NEVER put 2 males together or females with males

DONT change water instantly unless over some weeks you get the fish use to the new water


Buy at least 2 kind of foods (no flake foods) like Betta Bio- Gold at or freeze dried brine shrimp (or somethin like that)

dont spray anything in the room with the fish (like axe 8) ) or room freshiner.

NEVER use soap to clean his tank or equipement. just hot water (dont burn yourself)

DONT let food rot!!! take out un-eaten food immediately

if its a 1 gallon tank; do a 100% water change once every week
-25% water change every other day
-apply a half tablespoon of aquarium salt (3$)

BUY A:
-turkey baster (to suck out waste and food) 1$
-Amquel (5$) water conditioner
-soft, silk net (2$) BE GENTLE
-medications like melafix (6$)
-desk lamp (which heats tank and gives the fish light) (varies in price)
- I think thats it


heres a very good web site on taking care of betta fishes bettatalk.com

any questions? pm me



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Old 02-03-2008, 10:40 PM   #5 
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Dont go less than a 3G for a betta. Sure, people can get away with keeping them in a 1/2 to 1 gallon tank, but that is not fair to the fish.

A filter is not needed, but a heater is. The temperature should stay around 76-78 degrees. A light helps too.

Vary their diet with live, frozen, and flake food.

Change his water once a week, maybe more. 25%-75% depending on the size of the tank.

Only keep 1 male per tank. No males with females either. You can get away with 4 females in at least a 5.
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Old 02-04-2008, 12:31 PM   #6 
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when it comes to live food, bettas keep eating! so be careful
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