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Old 06-21-2012, 02:35 AM   #1 
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How to take care of Betta

Hello,

I am a Japanse.
I was surprised when I red this site.
In Japan, we said longevity of Betta is one year.
But in the USA is one to six years.
Why ?
Could you tell me some tips ?

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Old 06-21-2012, 02:50 AM   #2 
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I am new to Betta's myself and really know nothing at all about fish, aquatics, etc. This seems to work for me, though:
1) Have experts you can contact. If you have Petco or Petsmart in Japan utilize their advice, and have them test your fish's water. Also, locate an Aquatic Veterinarian. They do exist and will understand your fish, fish disease, irregularities, etc.
2) Never overfeed
3) Could it be your tap water quality? I keep my fish in Arrowhead Spring Water, with bacteria and conditioner.
4) Be very careful about medicating. I have found aquarium salt used as directed for two weeks only to be very useful in clearing up little things.
5) Size of your tank really does matter. They become very stressed in small places. I moved my fish into a 5 gallon tank and that seems to be the minimum for him now.
6) Avoid flashy decor, unless he seems to really like it (you can test things by having them outside the tank first). Stay with natural simplicity and hit on something you don't have to keep changing - basically, boring, unchanging is best because it's zero stress on the fish.
6) Bond with your fish - especially during feeding time, just like any other pet. The more your fish trusts you, the less stress he will experience and the more he will learn and the happier he will be living in your environment - like not to eat everything that floats in the water, etc.
Probably, a lot of things are local. Find trusted experts local to you who understand how to care for Betta's in your area long term.
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:07 AM   #3 
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Don't listen to pet store staff. Very few know anything about the fish they sell. If in doubt, here's a test: ask the staff if bettas prefer tiny bowls. If they say yes, don't listen to them, they're misinformed.

Some bettas have longer life spans than others. One year is about 1/3 to 1/4 the average span. This means the fish aren't being cared for properly.

Betta's most basic needs:

- warmth (78-80F).

- clean water (0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, all the time).

- conditioned water (dechlorinator is essential!)

- stable water (ph balance is steady. they can tolerate a wide range of ph, if it's always the same level, ph changes is what upsets them)

- good food (with mostly protein, very little starch - and yes, don't overfeed, 2 or 3 pellets twice a day is enough for most betta - never leave old food in the tank).


Very small bowls of under 2.5 gallons are very hard to keep clean. Ammonia builds up very quickly, so water changes must be regular, every few days for a small container.

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Old 06-21-2012, 05:40 AM   #4 
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Everything Aus said. 2.5 gallons is about a 10 liter tank. depending on where you are in Japan you may need a heater for the tank. Betta have been known to live up to 7 or 8 years. Ganbatte ne
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:46 AM   #5 
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>>phisch


Thank you for your advice. I really appriciate your help.
Yes, we have many pet shops, but we don't have Aquatic Veterinarians in Japan. I never heard that. Is there many an Aquatic Veterinarian ???
When I asked pet shops worker, they answers were not good.
That's why I asked here.

Your advice is really help me.
Thank you so much.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:09 AM   #6 
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>>Aus

Thank you very much about your advice.
Yes, I think so. I asked pet shop staff usually,
"Have you ever had Betta?" Almost they said "No"
They' don't have any experience how to take care of Betta.

So, I know 79F is good. But I also heard it's little bit dangerous high temputer. I meaninternal vacteria, desease.

Also I heard used water is good for them. Is that true ?

What is dechlorinator ?

I feed frozen red worms twice a day.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:16 AM   #7 
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>>Aus

Thank you very much about your advice.
Yes, I think so. I asked pet shop staff usually,
"Have you ever had Betta?" Almost they said "No"
They' don't have any experience how to take care of Betta.

So, I know 79F is good. But I also heard it's little bit dangerous high temputer. I meaninternal vacteria, desease.

Also I heard used water is good for them. Is that true ?

What is dechlorinator ?

I feed frozen red worms twice a day.
Warmth is good, as bettas are tropical fish. It will take a much higher temp to be dangerous. Dechlorinator is something you buy at the pet store or grocer store made for fish water- it removes metals and things that will kill your fish. Regular tap water will kill a fish.

By red worms, do you mean blood worms? If so, that is TREATS, not food. Your Betta should eat pellets and blood worms as a treat at most 3 times a week. Blood worms don't have nutrients that bettas should have on a daily basis.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:20 AM   #8 
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>>aokashi

Thank you for your advice.
Yes, I have heaters. I set low temputer around 75-76F. I heard low temputer is good for betta, and they're long life.
I am in Tokyo
I never heard 7or 8 years lively betta in Japan.
I have many betta(including fry) now. Most longer betta is one year 4months.
If he get sick, almost pet shop staff said
"Maybe he is life. Don't use medicine. Just you have to make comfortable him"

Anyway, the pets shop staff recommend
"You have to salt in water tank"
One table spoon per one litter.
Ganbarimasu!
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:24 AM   #9 
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>>aokashi

Thank you for your advice.
Yes, I have heaters. I set low temputer around 75-76F. I heard low temputer is good for betta, and they're long life.
I am in Tokyo
I never heard 7or 8 years lively betta in Japan.
I have many betta(including fry) now. Most longer betta is one year 4months.
If he get sick, almost pet shop staff said
"Maybe he is life. Don't use medicine. Just you have to make comfortable him"

Anyway, the pets shop staff recommend
"You have to salt in water tank"
One table spoon per one litter.
Ganbarimasu!
Although 75-76 is better than an Unheated tank, 78-80 would be much better. You say bettas there live around 1 year- and you say you heard colder water is better- put two and two together, cold water is BAD. they're tropical fish, keeping them at the proper temp (78-80) will help them live a longer life.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:29 AM   #10 
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>>teeneythebetta

Thank you very much for your advice.
I see about Dechlorinator, it removes metals . I will find it.

Yes, red worms, I mean blood worms.WOW, I didn't know that it's Treats. My pet shop stuff recommend that.
I am thinking about feeds.

Thanks !
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