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Old 11-05-2009, 08:07 PM   #1 
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Because of this website...

Frankie is alive!

I inherited a red VT betta from a coworker that had him in a regular goldfish bowl with a small filter and 2 aquatic frogs.

When the office moved, she didn't want to take care of them anymore and was going to "take them somewhere" when i spoke up.

First i separated the frogs from the betta as they were nipping its fins, thinking it was bloodworm cubes she used to feed them. He (the betta) was MUCH happier.

Then i went to Petco, and since i didn't know ANYTHING about bettas (other than that people kept them in really small containers) i asked a rep who pointed me to a starter kit which had a .5 gallon container, gravel, and small plant. Simple i thought!

Frankie was happy when he got his own space and had a grand old time hiding near the plant. The next morning i got to work and the water was a little cloudier, but he seemed ok. That day i fed him and went home to do some betta research.

I found this site and immediately went to the "post your betta's home" sticky to see all the amazing setups. What i saw stunned me: large grand habitats with lots of space. After perusing the other areas of the site my heart started beating really fast. I had confined Frankie to a life of misery and perhaps death by ammonia in a small plastic cell.

I immediately went out and bought a 5.5 gallon tank and fresh plants (can't fit anything bigger in my apartment as defined by my lease), and complained about the petco employee who sold me the teeny-tiny tank. I went back to work at 9pm to get him becaue i wasn't sure if he'd make it all night. I acclimated him just fine and now Frankie is amazed and delighted (if fish can be either of those things) and happy living in a large tank on the hutch. Filter and heater to come as soon as i get paid :P.

THANK YOU THANK YOU to this site and for all the contributions, i don't think he would have made it through the night if it weren't for all the great information i found here!
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:12 PM   #2 
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What a great story! Glad to hear he's doing well. :)
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:20 PM   #3 
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Hello and welcome to the forum. I'm so glad that you found the info you needed to help you help your betta. :)
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:24 PM   #4 
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Welcome to the forum! :D I hope you can resist the allure of the bettas. Most people on here have more than one... myself included. It's the betta bug :P Good luck with your new addition, and I'm glad you took the time to look up information on them :3 You've made a betta very happy.
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:32 PM   #5 
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Glad to hear he has a bigger home!!!!! Those "Betta Kits" make me SO mad!

Good luck, and feel free to ask questions, we are here to help!

PS. Bettas are HIGHLY addictive. BEWARE! I got my 10th yesterday. :) Yes, I need help. LOL
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:33 PM   #6 
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Welcome to Fishforum! Glad you found all the information and upgraded :)
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:59 AM   #7 
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Welcome and good job getting the right set up for your guy. As someone else said good luck resisting the urge to have more. They are very addictive but so much fun. And yes they can be happy and delighted exspecially when they are well cared for and when it is feeding time. LOL
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:38 PM   #8 
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Such a great story! Your a life saver! like everyone mentioned.... these fish are VERY addicting! Make sure you show your coworker how happier her old fish is! hahha
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:38 PM   #9 
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Im so glad you took Frankie in!
He sounds as happy as can be x3
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