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Old 02-03-2014, 12:52 PM   #1 
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How do you pick a healthy betta

I am planning on getting a betta soon and want to know what to look for when picking them out. I will be getting it as a pet not to breed so I will get whichever I like best if it is healthy.

So what I am asking is how do you tell if a betta is healthy and what can you do at the pet store to tell?
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:00 PM   #2 
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Healthy as in physically? Many pet store bettas have simple-to-cure ailments like fin rot or clamped fins just from being in the cup's conditions, which doesn't necessarily mean the fish itself is unhealthy overall, just that he/she needs a better environment. A healthy fish should be alert enough to respond when you pick up the cup, without white fungus or bacteria, and if you prefer, without rotted fins. Be warned that many will have clamped fins just from being too cold (they need a warm environment 76+ degrees F).
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:07 PM   #3 
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The clamped fins should get better when it is in my tank that stays 76-80 the heater wasn't the best and it says it keeps it at 78 +- 2 degrees.

IS if they are active and they have no fungus all I really need to look for?
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