[quote=Bettaluver4evr;603862]Hello! I have heard a few myths (and they aren't the usual). Does anyone know whether they are true, or what the answer is? :)
1) Crowntail bettas usually have the shortest lifespan. Tail type is not indicative of life span.
2) Female bettas live several months to a year longer than males. I've never heard this but I doubt it's true.
3) Crowntail bettas are the most aggressive. Nope.
Now for the actual questions!
1) What betta species (tail type ;)) lives the longest? See first question.
2) Do female bettas enjoy company? Betta splendens are territorial, while females can and may tolerate each other nothing has been put forth to show they are happier that way.
3) Is it true that pet store bettas only live 2 years? That is the general life span of petstore bettas but not because they are "pet store bettas" usually the short lifespan is attributed to bad care that petstore fish recieve. I had a petstore VT live 4+ years.
Someone please answer these, I'm very interested in the answers!
The reason for the myth, Ct's are more aggressive is because them and Pk's have less finnage, making swimming easier, resulting in more agressive behavior before the get tired. I am not saying they all are mean, but the mean ones seem meaner.
My crowntails have actually been the most peaceful of my bettas. My veiltail, Boba is just a little ball of hate, flaring at anything that isn't me or doesn't have a can of food. Quinn's a crossray, and nowadays when he swims, it looks like he's carrying a full-sized cape. Quinn's almost 3 years old and shows no signs of aging, so I think the age myth is fully debunked. As a matter of fact, I agree that tail type has nothing to do with age, except maybe an extreme rosetail, because of their unstable genetics.
And most bettas do prefer to be alone. Although I think they don't mind peaceful fish tankmates, like Cory cats. Quinn loves his school of Cories. He even herds them towards their wafers if he thinks they can't find them. He's turned into quite the little shepherd.
Aw, that is one of the most adorable things I've ever heard! A betta, so concerned about his buddies finding their wafers, leads them to food and safety... so cute! Love you betta already, just because his personality is so cute and funny. ;)