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Old 10-07-2012, 01:54 PM   #1 
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So, I am officially a Betta fish owner as of yesterday, and I would love to know the best way to set up his tank, how much to feed him, and what he needs. I wouldn't want to hurt him , and I figured other new Betta owners will look on this page in the future! So new Betta owners come and read! And experienced Betta owners please give some basic Betta advice! Thank you! Pictures are appreciated too!


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Old 10-07-2012, 02:03 PM   #2 
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Bubbles my Betta

Bubbles is a red Betta fish that I got from the pet store in my town!
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:05 PM   #3 
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Hello, and welcome to the Betta world of Betta keeping! :D
Read all the stickies of all the sub-forums and you should be able to know what's best for them.

What size is your tank..? If it's not filtered, you'd have to do 1 100% change and 1 50% change per week. No matter what the tank size is, you'd have to do these recommended changes. The tank should be heated to 76F-78F and the Betta should have access to the surface to breath. You should feed him 2 pellets 2 times a day and don't feed him 1 day per week. They can survive 3 weeks without food so yeah! An other questions?
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:06 PM   #4 
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That seems rally small. . :\ I suggest doing 1 100% change and 2 50% changes per week since I expected at least a 1 gallon. Can't you upgrade? That's way too small!
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Thanks for the advice! I eventually going to get a bigger tank, I just got Bubbles yesterday. He seems pretty happy now, quite active. I feed him 2 pellets in the morning and 2 at night, so I've got that down. How long do Betta fish last in the right conditions?
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:17 PM   #6 
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Oh, OK. That's great! Get the biggest tank you can get. Bettas averagely live 2-4 years and some up to 6 years. :shocked: The better the conditions of the water, the better their immune response gets!
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:21 PM   #7 
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Plants?

Also, one more thing, are fake plants ok?
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:23 PM   #8 
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A good Betta environment offers hiding spots, and some obstacles like plants. Avoid any sharp edges on your decor to help protect their delicate fins.

Also be sure you are conditioning your tank water, keeping tabs on toxin levels, and that you have a heater, particularly with winter right around the corner.

Personally, I think a betta should have a minimum of 2.5 gallons to swim in, but bigger is almost always better.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:24 PM   #9 
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Also, one more thing, are fake plants ok?
They are fine, as long as they are soft.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:24 PM   #10 
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+1 to Gale! :)

And yes, fake plants are fine. Remember to get ones that can not rip pantyhose!
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