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Old 03-15-2013, 08:14 PM   #1 
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Is there any truth to this?

One of my co-workers in childcare also works in a petshop (I can see us butting heads about fish care in the near future ). Last night I was bubbling about my shiny new sorority and she said two things:
- I needed betta hormone stuff to put in the water to stop them from fighting
- I mustn't feed them for the first 24 hours.

I'm fairly sure both of these are false. This is my second sorority and I've never heard of this hormone stuff. And I always feed my fish the night I put them in the tank, if they want to eat. She was also shocked and appalled that I left them floating in their bags for 3 hours whilst I was at work, instead of releasing them and not being there to monitor their first few hours together for the first time.

Can anyone shed any light?
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:28 PM   #2 
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I have a very successful sorority this far. This is due to my floating for prolonged periods of time, monitoring interaction, and feeding on the first night.

I wouldn't know where to get hormones for one. Two: I don't think your co-worker is right, because I would think that hormones would make them more antsy. An increase in hormones would make their personalities change, wouldn't it? Either make them want to mate or fight....either can end in fighting, right? In other words, I think you're doing fine.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:28 PM   #3 
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Umm... Those are all false statements. I never used "betta hormone" (which I am sure is very expensive, hard to find, and most likely fake) in my sorority and they're fine. I know a bunch of people on here and personally who have never used it with great results. Is there anyone adding "betta hormone" in the wild for them? It is absolutely not necessary.


Why would you not feed them? I fed my girls on the first night. If anything, I notice aggression increases if I miss a feeding.

If she is appalled that you kept them in bags for three hours she has obviously never seen what they are shipped in for four days.

Not to be rude, but I think your co worker should learn a bit more before she goes to work in a pet store. The bad side of me wants to hear what other crazy things shevhas to say hahaha!
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:33 PM   #4 
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is she talking about your office having too many alpha females???
as a woman, i always hear the guys in the office joke about "hormonal" swings but I think hormones can work for or against you in terms of emotions. Which brings the question: Do betta have feelings???
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:45 PM   #5 
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I just looked it up & found nothing about hormone stuff which leads me to believe she has no idea what she's talking about. Ask her where you get the hormones & brand names. Oh & please explain heaters for bettas to this poor woman.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:40 AM   #6 
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I have read that it isn't recommended to feed your new Betta the first day you bring them home as they may be stressed from such a big change.But I have also always fed my Bettas their first day home.I guess each is different though.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:51 AM   #7 
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I offer them food the minute they get in the tank.. many will take it, some won't.. no harm if you do.

And no on hormones.. there will be plenty in the sorority as it is :D
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:14 AM   #8 
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The only hormone I know people use in the hobby is a carp pituitary which is how you breed fish (every time you see someone say fish are bred with hormones, it's this).
Most people will recommend not feeding fish for the first 24 hours as they are already in a stressful situation and digesting food is more strain on the system. I can never wait though and always throw in food.
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:37 PM   #9 
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I suppose it's just more of those petshop myths that she gets told by her boss. She doesn't think bettas are tropical, either, apparently.

She has some wierd opinions on rats, too - for instance, that you aren't supposed to hold the babies the first week after their birth because the mother will kill them if she smells you on them. Actually, you should start holding them the first day. Mother rats don't do that. And if she's so unsocialised that she freaks out at your scent, you shouldn't be breeding her in the first place.
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