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Old 07-12-2012, 07:42 PM   #1 
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Looking for a new Betta

Ok so my one beloved Betta passed away yesterday and now I have an empty 1/2 gal tank with no Betta in it. I am in the process of sterilizing the tank as I am unsure exactly what was wrong with my little guy.

My question is (I do still have a Betta) but what do you look for in a healthy Betta? I just can't handle another ill Betta right now and losing another one, so I really want to know what to look for when picking one out?

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Old 07-12-2012, 08:30 PM   #2 
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Well, first off, and not to be mean, but a half gallon tank really is not big enough for a betta to live in. I would go for at least a 3 gallon tank. Some may argue that even that isn't big enough, but I think its the bare minimum a fish like a betta should be housed in. They also need a source of heat or they will start to shut down aka not take food, stay in one place in the tank, that sort of thing. There should be a tank heater in there because they are tropical fish after all.

Now that we have that out of the way, a healthy betta should be swimming around in their cup/bowl or what ever they are in at the store and engage in flaring. Their fins shouldn't be clamped and they should have bright and alert eyes.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:41 PM   #3 
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Ok I know you weren't saying that to be mean and no offense but I wasn't asking about my size of tank.

Thanks for the help though on what to look for in a new Betta I appreciate that. Still gonna take me some time I think to get another one. I had to clean my other guy today and it took me over 2 hours to get courage up to do so, just a little worried about doing anything now after my sick fella.

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Old 07-12-2012, 08:53 PM   #4 
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To avoid having a betta become sick, remember to do many changings to help prevent diseases! :D

For the size tank you have, I believe its a 50% change everyday :)

Good luck!
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:55 PM   #5 
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Thanks. I do a 100% change every 3rd day with my guy he seems good with that.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:58 PM   #6 
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He may be good with that, but the ammonia is building up faster than you think. I do every other day changes with a 2 gallon tank.

As long as there is no filter/heater, the tank can become dangerous quickly, and can greatly affect the betta's health and life :(
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:04 PM   #7 
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I hear what your saying, thanks. My sister has been doing this with her Betta's for years and years and they are healthy and perfectly fine. 100% changes every 3 days is not that bad.
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Just because a betta lives doesn't mean it thrives.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:06 PM   #9 
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As Crabby said ^^

You sounded like you wanted a happy and lively betta, right? It's completely understandable.

We are just helping you with what you need to do for that ^^

I've had my first betta for 5 months now, and it's thanks to everyone's help here that he may live to be way longer than if I cramped in the tank I had previously with the weekly cleanigs I used to do ^^

You don't have to take our advice though. I think we just hope you read them and take them to mind :)
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:08 PM   #10 
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Ok I came on here to ask what to look for in a Betta, nothing else. Thanks for your suggestions on that they are appreciated a lot.
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