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Old 11-03-2012, 05:49 PM   #1 
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Hello community, I acquired my Betta Fish two weeks ago. this is my first fish, ever. I really love my little guy. I have a few questions regarding him. I have a 3 gallon tank with a heater/filter. I'd like to get my fish a few live plants to enjoy, any suggestions? Also, what are some signs of a happy Betta? I use Betta pellets from Walmart, he doesn't spit them out anymore so that's good.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:54 PM   #2 
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Welcome to the forum! A happy betta is curious, a little piggy, and never lethargic. But i ahould let you know that the walmart pellets are junk. If you have the money you should try to switch over to either omega one betta pellets or new life spectrum. (Both of these are found At petsmart and petco) and adding live plants is awesome! I reccomend water wisteria. Thats what i have in my tank, its beautiful and easy to care for! Good luck with ur little fishy,! Oh and you can teach betta fish tricks! I taught mine to jump out of the water and grab his food! But others on the forum have taught them their name, how swim through hoops, ect!
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:58 PM   #3 
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That is awesome I too get my first ever Betta 6 months ago and I love him so much!
I agree about the pellets get a better brand so he will be active and healthy, if you cant find the ones mentioned above you can order them on Amazon or other places just search for them on Goggle.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:09 PM   #4 
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A few tips, watch him closely every day, to make sure he has no diseases. Second, a few live plants would be fine, just don't listen to the people that say that betas will eat the roots, so you don;t have to feed him her because this is VERY false as betas are carnivorous eaters. Last, make sure the temperature is from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. One more thing, feed him a variety of foods, not just pellets. Feed him bloodworms, microworms, and flakes or brine shrimp.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:11 PM   #5 
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Make sure your beta has a little round tummy, not a NO TUMMY AT ALL or a ' is that a pregnant male?"
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:43 PM   #6 
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Last, make sure the temperature is from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
In my experience 70 is much too low - they will become very inactive at this temp. Ideal temp is 78-80.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:31 PM   #7 
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Thanks for the help, I love my Betta (his name is Alpha). I feed him three pellets a day, he doesn't look fat, or malnourished. The heater keeps the temperature at 75-82 degrees.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:33 PM   #8 
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I keep mine at room temp, about 71-75 and 3 pellets a day and there SO happy
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:41 PM   #9 
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short periods at 70F is not lethal. but under those circumstances, the entire betta will slow down, and you should feed much less. they are also much more susceptible to low temperature caused problems as well as a slower immune system. It can certainly work. but more people have bettas die on them than live in cooler temperatures :)
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:04 PM   #10 
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