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Old 08-30-2006, 07:00 PM   #1 
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my betta

ive had a betta for awhile now and i didnt know any different before now, but now that ive started keeping other fish he doesnt look so good to me...his fins are kinda stringy and crinkled, but no sign of fungus or infection..they're just kinda ..limp...i have him in a one gallon tank with no heater or anything..i was told he didnt need anything other than a bowl or something...no filter, heater, etc...i guess thats why you can keep them in a vase...anyways...wondering what yall think...

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Old 08-30-2006, 07:13 PM   #2 
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Bettas are always the victim for the "no filter" issues.
I'd say the least you can do is do daily water changes. Change about half of the 1 gallon to at least maintain clean water for the betta. Poor water quality makes them quite vulnerable to diseases even if others would say they are hardy.
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Old 08-30-2006, 07:17 PM   #3 
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i do do frequent water changes, and i also have an air pump/stone that i run in it...anything else?

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Old 08-30-2006, 07:33 PM   #4 
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Varying the food menu isn't bad at all. As bettas are carnivorous, bloodworms are often relished greatly but it should not be used too often. Feeding bloodworms once a day should be ok combined with other foods. Shrimps are also good to add.
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Old 08-30-2006, 11:37 PM   #5 
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Did you use stones from another fish tank to put in the bottom of the betta's bowl, to seed the 'good bacteria'? It might be that "new tank" syndrome (poor water quality, the presence of ammonia etc.) that is making your betta ill. I feel I have given you poor advice if your betta is doing poorly :( I am one of those people fortunate to have been able to keep very long lived bettas in smaller set-ups (not ridiculously small, though). They are active and their fins look gorgeous. Good luck to you.
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Old 08-31-2006, 06:38 AM   #6 
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Bettas are very common to be kept in jam jars and in chins they fight the males to the death, but anyway.

If you want your betta to enjoy life this is what you should do->

1) get a small rectangle tank 30x30x30 which is 27 liters or 6 gallons (imp)
2) add a layer of gravel, 2cm would be good. Black gravel will bring the colors of your betta out.
3) add a 25 watt heater and set the temp to 80oF or around 27-29oC
4) add a small filter. Sponge will be fine.
5) add a snail for company and as clean up.
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Old 08-31-2006, 08:44 AM   #7 
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Bettas are very common to be kept in jam jars and in chins they fight the males to the death, but anyway.
Nobody here recommended mixing two male bettas in one place.

As for gravel, I don't think it would be very important even if it is to bring out much color. Bettas stay at the surface much of the time so gravel is useless anyway.
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Old 08-31-2006, 09:02 AM   #8 
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The betta that is in my 20gal H is at the bottom all the time, The only time he comes up is tp eat.
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Old 08-31-2006, 09:34 AM   #9 
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well, i have had my betta for at least a year...and he has even gone days without being fed ( i am ashamed to admit) but i keep him in a simple one gallon tank with a few orange colored marbles and an airstone and he swims back and forth and up and down, but his fins are stringy and his colors are muted and i didnt know if there was anything i could do to make him look beautiful again...thanks!

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Old 08-31-2006, 09:41 AM   #10 
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Have you ever tried those color enhancing pellets they make for betta's.
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