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Old 02-12-2012, 01:15 PM   #1 
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Recommended book for Betta keeping?

Looking for suggestions on Betta books. Beginner to advanced, I really want to learn more! Thank you in advance!
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:22 PM   #2 
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One of my favorite Betta books is-"Bettas A Complete Introduction" by Walt Maurus a TFH publication....I have two of them and the one I like best is the 2003 copy-not sure the year it was written...It does have some outdated information- but general information is pretty good and I think you can get it for under $5.00 on Amazon-I got the other one at a thrift store last year for 50 cents....my first one was falling apart- but oddly enough some information was different even with the books being the same.....

I also have one by Barron's publication called "Bettas A complete Pet Owner's Manual" written by Robert J. Goldstein Ph.D...not real impressed......but the genetic information is more updated than the one written by Walt Maurus.
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:36 PM   #3 
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Thank you SO much! Off to go look for one now:)
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:48 PM   #4 
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If you don't find the book OFL recommends, honestly I think you'd learn at least as much just by reading the stickys in each of the forums here. They're loaded with information, and (the part I like best) sometimes controversy! The nice thing about having so many different opinions from experienced fish owners is that it gives you a lot of options to try depending upon your situation.
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:58 PM   #5 
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Oh, I have read all of the stickies in the Betta forum! I just want a book so I have all the info in front of me at one glance as opposed to hunting the forum or the internet. :) I managed to snag a copy of the book for a whopping penny through an online used bookstore. WOOHOO! $4 after shipping, not bad!
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:06 PM   #6 
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Can you post a link of the used book store... thats a GREAT price!
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:58 PM   #7 
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It was this site

http://owlsbooks.com/

But, I did a search for Bettas and only one book came up (for $1.69 I think). I did a search for betta maurus to include the authors last name and got the book I was looking for. So their search is a little whacky but if you know the title or author you might have better luck.

I looked on Amazon and found the book through them, shipped by that Owls Books. And it was $4.99 plus shipping. Having sold books on Amazon myself at one point I knew that Amazon gets a cut so the sellers will have higher prices when selling through Amazon. So I went straight to the source instead. Got lucky:)
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:07 PM   #8 
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Yikes... Sold out on Owls Books... and it was 14.95 + shipping on Ebay....
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:20 PM   #9 
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Yeah, I got the only one they had in stock. But there was another book on there about Bettas for $1.69. Not sure if that one is any good or not. I couldn't even find it on Ebay when I looked.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:31 PM   #10 
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I had to type in "betta maurus"
Ug, lol, hopefully they get some more in stock!
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