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Old 01-05-2010, 01:32 AM   #1 
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Is it bad to keep the light on my female betta 24/7?

Noob here just want to know the most basic info about betta fish saved this set-up and betta from a nice lady who gave it to me free and want to take care of my betta bella I've only had her 2 days and I want more. thanks!

can't really see her but, you can see the set-up.




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Old 01-05-2010, 02:13 AM   #2 
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I just wanted to add the reason the nice lady gave this fish away was because her 2 year old daughter took her out and threw her on the floor... my poor Bella at least she is in a good home now!!!
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Old 01-05-2010, 02:28 AM   #3 
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Bettas need a day and night cycle. It is stressful for them to have the light on 24/7. If I remember correctly (someone correct me if I'm wrong) they need 7-8 hours a day of light.
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Old 01-05-2010, 03:12 AM   #4 
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Took her out and threw her on the floor?! Thats disgusting :C
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:41 AM   #5 
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It's a 2 year old, they don't know any better. At least the woman was smart enough to pass the fish on to someone who can take care of it.

Very pretty tank, by the way.
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:56 AM   #6 
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It's a 2 year old, they don't know any better. At least the woman was smart enough to pass the fish on to someone who can take care of it.
Oh of course, I just get sad when I hear about animals getting hurt, naturally D:
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:25 AM   #7 
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I keep my lights on for 8 hours a day, not only so my betta has some down time, but also to make sure I don't get too much algae, and so my plants don't die. I have it set on a timer as well to make it easier for me :P

I've been told 8 hours by experienced fish keepers (who kept other fish as well).
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I keep my lights on for 8 hours a day, not only so my betta has some down time, but also to make sure I don't get too much algae, and so my plants don't die. I have it set on a timer as well to make it easier for me :P

I've been told 8 hours by experienced fish keepers (who kept other fish as well).
That's why I was unsure, my one plant requires 12 hours of light a day minimum - so I actually forgot the correct length without plants lol.

I cringed when I read the part about throwing the fish on the floor. I am glad she was okay.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:32 AM   #9 
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Old 01-05-2010, 01:50 PM   #10 
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Hello and welcome to the forum. Two year olds are just babies and don't understand that they are hurting the fish. I'm glad you took the fish. And yes, fish need a day/night cycle just like we do.
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