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Old 09-30-2009, 09:22 PM   #1 
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Question New First-Time Betta Owner, any tips?

I just got a new betta, and I am a first-time owner.
Any tips for me?
My fish is called Pickle, its a long story, dont ask
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:27 PM   #2 
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He's soooooo cute. There was a veiltail that I wanted to get who looked like that.

What's your current setup like, and what are you feeding him?
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:51 PM   #3 
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Welcome to Fishforum! You need to make sure you keep the water temperature at a constant 77 to 82 degrees F. So, if you live in a place that is cold, or your house is colder, you need a heater. You will also need a thermometer. MOST bettas like pellets (a few like flakes...not many though). And they are very picky. I feed mine 2-3 pellets two times a day (about 12 hours apart). I also fast (not feed them at all) for one day a week because it is good for their digestive tract. You can feed freezedried (or frozen) bloodworms or brine shrimp once a week or so too. Make sure you don't have plastic plants in the tank, as it can tear their fragile fins. Silk plants and live plants are the best. Also watch decorations for sharp edges also. This is all I can really tell you until I know how large your tank is and what not.

Don't be surprised if your betta doesn't eat right away since they get stressed when acclimating to a new home. But they can go up to 4 weeks without food, just keep offering food and eventually when they are hungry enough they'll eat.
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:13 AM   #4 
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Im currently feeding him Nutrafin max Betta Food flakes, I guess Ill switch to pellets.
He Is currently living in a small tank, about a foot high and 1/2 wide?
I know its small, Im looking for bigger tanks right now.
Thanks Jupiter and dr2b,
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Welcome to the forum! He's so cute! I agree with dr2b. 2.5 gallons and up is big enough for a betta. I feed my fish 4 pellets a day but it's up to you. Like dr2b said, he might not eat right away because he might be too stressed to, but he will come around and hopefully start building bubble nests!
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:33 AM   #6 
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If he's eating flakes you don't need to switch to pellets. Some bettas are picky and don't like flakes, but if yours is eating them then it's fine.
You can get him some frozen/live/freeze dried food as an occasional treat.
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Flakes are fine, just make sure they are specifically for bettas.
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:04 PM   #8 
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i agree with dramaqueen, i have 2 of my 8 males that will only eat the flakes, spoiled lil guys are catered to
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:09 PM   #9 
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Yeah I just said pellets because most bettas I have heard of won't eat them. However, note that I did say few of them do like flakes. There are some out there who do. If he is eating them don't switch him.
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:40 PM   #10 
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Thanks again people.
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