Originally Posted by Bombalurina
The reason those bettas lived so long? A combination of luck and having some hardy little fish. :)
This is a post I made a while ago that may be helpful for you: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=98214
. Of course, sometimes it is really hard to argue a point when someone isn't keen to hear you. :(
There is something to be said, though, about fish being stronger as a result of living in tougher water conditions.
I think one of the problems with keeping perfect
aquarium conditions all the time is that when one bad situation does unfortunately arise, your fish might not be strong enough to get through it.
It's the same argument made about over-protective mothers making sure their kids don't get dirty. Well, research is now starting to show that it's actually beneficial for those kids to get dirty, have germs on their hands, and have get sick once and a while as it strengthens their immune system.
By the way, I'm not proposing you keep your fish in squalid conditions... I'm just saying that I think keeping your fish in flawlessly clean and sanitary water all the time may actually be shortening it's life span.