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Old 11-25-2013, 09:43 PM   #1 
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Betta fish tank myths/study help?

Hello,
I am hopefully going to be starting a betta fish tank study.

I have been trying to decide on new tanks for my three male bettas, who are currently housed in 4 gallon heated and filtered tanks. My cousins and grandmas have their bettas in 1/2-1 gallon tanks and it made me think-who's betta is healthier?

One time, when I was younger I housed my past betta in a 1/2 gallon tank. I switched his tanks all the time, but he never had a heater or filter. He lived 6 years.

I haven't had that much luck with my bettas with heaters and filters. One had actually died when I introduced him to it, although that may not be the reason he died.

So this all made me start studying for this, and I need some of your betta(s) info:

How many gallons?
Age?
Where is s/he from?
Tankmates?
Heater or filter?
How often is the tank cleaned?
How much water is taken out?

Thank you, it will help a lot.
Please feel free to share your options or stories also.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:02 AM   #2 
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This will be for Huang Long.

How many gallons? = 5.5
Age? = I got him 6/6/2013, so, about a year old I'm estimating in total.
Where is s/he from? = Petsmart
Tankmates? = None
Heater or filter? = Yes and Yes.
How often is the tank cleaned? = I try to get around to it every week.
How much water is taken out? = About 50%
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:58 PM   #3 
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I currently have 8 bettas and planning to get a couple more. However, their tank setup are basically the same. Hope it will help you a little.

How many gallons?
Minimum 0.5 gallon and all my bettas are in the same capacity.

Age?
Well, the oldest is about 5 months old. I only started keeping in July 2013.

Where is s/he from?
They are all males and they are from aqua stores. Particularly, east Malaysia and that's where I am currently living.

Tankmates?
They live in separate tanks each.

Heater or filter?
I don't use heater as Malaysia is a tropical country with ideal weather for bettas. I don't use filter either.

How often is the tank cleaned?
Once a week. I know I often procrastinated that would be about every 9-10 days?

How much water is taken out?
20%-30%.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:00 PM   #4 
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Thanks
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:22 PM   #5 
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Location: south central PA
How many gallons? 5 gallons
Age? 9 months (squirt passed away from a defective heater)
Where is s/he from? local fish store
Tankmates? none
Heater or filter? both (cycled tank)
How often is the tank cleaned? once weekly
How much water is taken out? 30-50%

How many gallons? 10 gallons
Age? 1 month
Where is s/he from? local fish store
Tankmates? 5 dwarf mouth catfish
Heater or filter? both (cycled)
How often is the tank cleaned? once a week
How much water is taken out? 25-50%

i also had two other bettas in the 5 gallon befor lfs squirt. one was petco and the other was petsmart. both passed away within 1 week of having them
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:31 PM   #6 
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This for Snowbird (the girl in my avatar)
How many gallons?10
Age? Around a year old
Where is s/he from? another member (most likely AB)
Tankmates? snails and 1 loach
Heater or filter? both
How often is the tank cleaned? once a week
How much water is taken out? 25-50%
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:32 AM   #7 
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How many gallons? 10 gal NPT
Age? almost 4 years
Where is s/he from? small town LFS
Tankmates? corys, mystery snail, red cherry shrimp
Heater or filter? both
How often is the tank cleaned? every 2-3 weeks
How much water is taken out? 40-50%

How many gallons? 2X 5.5 gals (1 NPT, other fake plants + java fern)
Age? both 1 year
Where is s/he from? both from Petsmart
Tankmates? 1 has ADF other mystery snail
Heater or filter? both have both
How often is the tank cleaned? NPT = 2-3 weeks / other weekly
How much water is taken out? NPT = 30%-ish / other 50%

How many gallons? 2x 2.5 gal
Age? about 1 year (I went through a betta-hording stage!)
Where is s/he from? Petsmart
Tankmates? None
Heater or filter? heaters, no filters
How often is the tank cleaned? weekly
How much water is taken out? 50-75%

How many gallons? 2x 1.5 critter keepers
Age? about 1 year
Where is s/he from? Petsmart
Tankmates? None
Heater or filter? heaters, no filters
How often is the tank cleaned? weekly to 2x/week
How much water is taken out? rotate between 50% and 100%
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:37 AM   #8 
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How many gallons? 2
Age? guessing- probably close to a year
Where is he from? Petco
Tankmates? no
Heater or filter? heater and thermometer, but no filter (my boy does much better without)
How often is the tank cleaned? twice weekly
How much water is taken out? 100%, 50-100%
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:29 AM   #9 
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Location: Rhode Island
Name: Rembrandt a OHM Mustard Gas
How Many Gallons: 3 gallons, Tetra Cube
Age: 1 year and 4 months
Where is he from: PetSense
Tankmates: 1 Peppermint Mystery Snail and two Oto's (Not permanent)
Heater or filter: both plus thermometer to check heater.
How often is the tank cleaned: Usually once a month because it is an NPT style tank (natural planted tank)
How much water is taken out: 60-80% generally.

Occasionally I'll do a water change for that tank mid way through so every two weeks to help get rid of some hair algae so it doesn't kill my plants.

Name: Pip, DSPK
How Many Gallons: 2.5
Age: 6 months old
Where is he from: Aqua Bid
Tankmates: none
Heater or filter: Heater, no filter
How often is the tank cleaned: once a week
How much water is taken out: 80-85%

Name: Selkie, female HM
How Many Gallons: 1.5
Age: 7 months old
Where is she from: Aqua Bid
Tankmates: none
Heater or filter: Just heater
How often is the tank cleaned: twice a week
How much water is taken out: one 50% and one 100%

Names: Kit-Kat, Hawkeye and Aero (divided)
How Many Gallons: 10 gallon tank divided in three for each to get 3.3 gallons
Age: Kit-Kat is 5 months, Hawkeye is 8 months, Aero is a year.
Where are they from: PetSmart, PetCo and PetSmart respectively
Tankmates: Four guppy fry temporarily on Kit-Kat's side and two oto's temporarily on Hawkeye's side.
Heater or filter: Both
How often is the tank cleaned: once a week
How much water is taken out: 50%

Name: Charlie the Giant PK
How Many Gallons: 5.5
Age: around 5-7 months
Where is he from: PetCo
Tankmates: 1 Ramshorn snail and 1 Peppermint Mystery snail
Heater or Filter: Both
How often is the tank cleaned: once a month
How much water is taken out: 60-70%
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:16 PM   #10 
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This is for Swishie:

How many gallons: 10
Age: Young, I got her from Petco and she was small
Where is she from?: Petco
Tankmates: None
Heater or filter?: Both
How often is the tank cleaned?: About once a week
How much water s taken out?: 20-30%
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