Originally Posted by TurtleMan84
I decided recently to rescue 12 Betta's from my local walmart and petsmart. I was shocked at how terrible the Betta's are treated at walmart. They are all shoved way up under a dark shelf where no one can see them, and those little cups they come in were barely half full with water. I saw 2 dead Betta's, that had been dead at least 3 or 4 days, because the water looked like milk and the fish had started disintegrating. Really made me sad, and mad at the idiots who allow that to happen to the fish and never check on them. I took some of the Betta's to the sink and gave them more water. I am going to have a conversation with a manager about that soon.
Anyways, all of my 12 Betta's are in gallon sized bowls, tanks, and critter cages. They all have gravel and a small decoration or plant. A few of them have an LED light. But unfortunately, I don't have the funds to provide them with a heater or filter. But, I feel that I am giving them a much better life than they had in the pet store. They now have more water and swimming space and a plant or decoration to play in. Maybe one day I'll have the money to get bigger tanks with heaters and filters, but right now that is the best I can do for them.
Welcome to the forum and to the wonderful world of Betta keeping....and by the looks of it you dove in head first...laffs.....
As you are finding out...lot of opinion on proper Betta keeping based on personal opinion, experience, what a hobbyist had read, heard...etc.....as well as a few myths.....
In my many years in this hobby I have found that you have lots and lots of different ways you can successfully keep, spawn and rear fry of this species...It is finding what works best for you, your Bettas and what you have on hand.
IMO/E-the long fin males can be kept in 1gal containers long term provided that water quality and temp are maintained...... and with some of the long fin males this is the only way you can keep their long heavy fins intact-with some (not all
) too much space can be stressful on them and this can cause neurotic behaviors, stress, fin damage...etc....which in turn can compromise immune response.
Water changes in 1gal unfiltered without live plants-twice weekly...1-50% water only and 1-100% should maintain water quality.
Be sure and properly acclimate to both the temp and chemistry with 100% water changes by adding small amounts of the new tank water to the holding cup over 10-15min or to tolerance.
The sudden extreme temp and chemistry changes can be stressful.
The only chemical additive needed-a good dechlorinator that covers both chlorine and chloramines- Be sure and check dosage if you have both-some recommend double dose with chloramine.
You may or may not need a heater-your goal is to maintain water temp in the 76-80F range
You do need a thermometer to monitor both the tank temp and the temp of the replacement water used for water changes.
I have found healthy Betta
can tolerate the normal/gradual temp swings that often happen with day/night, lights on/off and the varied temps you normally get at different levels in the tank- up to 10 degree difference without any issues.
IMO/E-filtration is optional for this species-especially in smaller containers-sometimes the filter/water movement can cause fin damage.
Nutrition-good quality varied diet fed in small frequent meals is best and if you have access to mosquito larva offer a few rinsed on occasion....
Look forward to seeing pic and hearing more about your Betta keeping adventures.....this is a great hobby to be apart of....Lot of different ways to properly keep them....just remember no matter what size container you use.....water changes, proper temp and good nutrition.....
And most important....