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Old 07-20-2010, 05:52 AM   #1 
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Question Ever Noticed?

Have you ever noticed how the people at fish stores always say "Betta fish are the easest fish to take care of."? Well thats what the people at the fish store told me when I was convincing my mom to let me buy my first pet of my own. But sence I've joined I've noticed that they are actualy pretty hard to take care of.

1.Theres all of theas diffrent kinds of deses thay can get.
2.They need lots of tank space.
3.You have to clean out a 1.5g tank like every day. (says some people)
4.You can only have one fish per. tank.
5.You need/sould have a heater.
6.You need/sould have a filter.
7.Aqurim salt sould be put in when you clean the tank.
8.You can't clean the tank with soap.
9.You have to put in water conditaner when you clean the tank.

But if you REALY love betta fish than its worth it for most people.


If any of theas facts are wrong pleas let me know.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:08 AM   #2 
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Betta splenden's are the easest to care for, They are a very hardy fish. And since they are so hardy it make's for a fish that dont....

*Bettas dont get sick as easy as other fish.
*You can shock a betta with tap water doing a 100 % change and he will do fine but you do that with some other fish and you have problems.
*They dont need a filter like other fish.
*They will do fine in small containers but they thrive in 1 gallon or bigger.
*If the tank is 1 gallon or smaller you dont have to put a heater in the tank, But make sure your not freezing your house with the A.C and making his water to cold. 74 is a ok temp. try not to go lower...
*And its all up to you on water changes. 1 gallon and under should have 100% WC everyday with aged water if you can. 1 gallon and bigger you can go a couple days. If the tank has a filter it makes for less water changes. And any tank 10 gallons and bigger can have weekly or by weekly WC.
*As far as only one betta to a tank yes this is true. But i think bettas look beautiful in 10 gallon community tanks. Having that long fin bright fish in a tank with other cool fish. Make's for an awesome tank.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:13 AM   #3 
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*You cant clean any aquarium with soap betta or not.....

*You dont have to use aquarium salt in your tank...

*You have to put water conditioner in every fish tank, But if you have well water and you no there is 0 chlorine you dont have to use water conditioner in a bettas tank.. But i would alway use it.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:22 AM   #4 
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Comparing a betta to a goldfish though, bettas are not ideal beginner pets. Some species of goldfish can easily live in a gallon tank with no heater, no filter, some gravel and a decoration not required. But bettas, IMO should have at least a 2.5 gallon take, a heater is NECESSARY, and to keep them from tail biting you need plants and decorations to keep them entertained. Haha. Both of the fish you need the water dechlorinated.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:27 AM   #5 
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Every fish is different. But a Betta isn't really for beginner, IMO.

Ajones108: And like people who love bettas say a betta needs at least 2.5 to 5 gallons each, people who love goldfish say they need at least 10 gallons to 30 gallons each.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:36 AM   #6 
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@_@; Good lord.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:42 AM   #7 
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I know. Goldfish reach 10 inches to 2 feet.

Sorry for going off topic there.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:53 AM   #8 
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no way:O I've never seen one bigger than a 2 inches!
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:56 AM   #9 
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LOL It's funny that someone would say goldfish are easier. I've killed more of those poor things than I can count. Never once "killed" a Betta.

I worry that people new to Bettas can become overwhelmed when reading forums like these.

I've never killed a Betta, never even had a sick Betta, but I really started doubting myself when I first started reading these posts. lol Like, "Oh, my! I'm doing it all wrong."

But seriously, experience tells me otherwise. Do research and never take one source as "the source."

Bettas really are hardy little fish and as long as you know some basics (i.e. make certain your water isn't chlorinated; don't house them together; keep their water warm and clean etc.) You'll do just fine.

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Ajones, goldfish certainly do require a bigger tank than a gallon. They exceed Bettas in size by far. In fact, I'm currently of the opinion that the only plave a goldfish would truly be happy is a POND. The ones you see in pet stores are very young. Even the "carnival" goldfish can exceed a Betta in size.

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Old 07-20-2010, 11:58 AM   #10 
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Them are babies. Goldfish can live 5-30 years. My friend got some that were 2 inches and they are about 5 inches now. The one at my LPS I want so bad is 4-5 inches. Commons and Comets are supposed to get the 1 to 2 feet. The fancy Goldfish are 6-10 inches.

P.S. Off topic again. Sorry
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