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Old 07-18-2014, 10:37 AM   #1 
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What did you originally think of bettas?

Since I was little I had a phobia of dead/sick/dying/injured/deformed/albino/out-of-water fish, so I figured the best way to get over it was to get a betta "since they're easy to care for." I didn't want a girl because they had dull colors, didn't want a plakat because they had short fins, didn't want a gorgeous emerald green HMEE because only one of his fins was EE and it creeped me out (still kicking myself for that one) and didn't want a crown tail because the tails looked "torn" to me and it creeped me out. Well all of that has changed. Figures that my Archie is a CT and he best fish I've ever had, I love him to pieces! And I bought Mesmer covered in fungus, finally 2 days ago I found out what color his face is! (Yeah, there was so much fuzz I didn't know what color it was) now I'm wishing i had room for a sorority and the only time I'm scared of fish is when they are lacerated (like you can see inside them) or when they are very clearly suffering/dying.

So I guess I wanna know what misconceptions did you have about betta?
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:26 PM   #2 
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when I was 4 my aunt got me a betta in a .25 gallon bowl.. didn't last long and I feel bad for the little guy now :(

My mom said I would complain about wanting a normal big fish tank which is funny (when I lived in Idaho we had a 10g)

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Old 07-18-2014, 04:20 PM   #3 
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My grandmother kept bettas in .5g bowls, now that I'm older I found out dad used to scold her because "the fish will die if you change the water every day" but the fish lived a good 5 years
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:35 PM   #4 
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When I was 8 I all ways thought bettas were useless. Because I all ways had a big tank with big fish. I all was thought bigger was better. I'm 27 now and I completely think the opposite.
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:37 PM   #5 
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We had a 10" goldfish named bubba, a betta I forget the name of, and a bunch of unnamed guppies and 3-4 more unnamed goldfish as a kid, funny how we only named the big one
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:20 PM   #6 
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Funny, I named my Oscar Bubba.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:25 PM   #7 
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My misconception? I didn't think they did anything. No real preconceptions on care or anything...just thought that all bettas do is hang around and sleep all day.
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Contrarily I expected them to be super active and always showing off
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:16 AM   #9 
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Well, when I first saw one, I thought they could live in vases. I was about seven at the time. I went to the library, and read all the books on bettas that they had. The misconceptions didn't last long.
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Old 07-19-2014, 03:56 PM   #10 
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I thought that they would kill anything, including live plants and any other fish, and even attack humans if they got a chance. I also thought that, when they weren't busy killing things, they would sit at the top of the bowl and do nothing. I also thought that they only lived for a month or two (I believe I was actually told this by a pet store lady as a child).
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