Originally Posted by 1077
If I were to keep a betta, It would be in nothing less than 10 gal with filter, and heater, and once a week 20 percent water change.I cannot help but think there is a direct correlation between the numbers of posts regarding sick bettas and the often times small enviornments they are kept in.
I half believe that if there were a tiny globe ,capable of holding water, with a chain attached.. that many would place their bettas in this globe and wear it round their necks.
Bettas are tropical fish. They need the same things all tropical fish need, A tank of no less than five gal ,with healthy biological filter and a heater. It saddens me ,that until people grasp this, there will continue to be the all too numerous posts appearing ,regarding sick bettas,. Fin rot ,fungus,dropsy,bloat,etc ,etc, are nearly always directly related to poor, or deteriorating water quality. Without a cycled tank with filter, there is nothing to break down the waste created by the fish which takes the form of ammonia and or nitrites. Fish become weakened over time and bacterial pathogens,fungus, etc are often the results.
It then becomes most important to use dechlorinator such as PRIME or AMQUEL+ that specifically addresses ammonia,chlorine,and chloramines. This will help detoxify toxins until water change ,,which in anything smaller than five U.S. gal, should be daily to every other day.
Water used should be tapwater with dechlorinator and as stated, heated and filtered. If you can't or won't provide these fish with what they need,not what you think they can get by with,, then god help your selfish ,insensitive,souls.
Now ,, I feel much better for the fishes chances ,,for ignorance has been eliminated from a rather simple equation.8)