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Old 03-16-2011, 09:11 AM   #1 
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Exclamation What the pet stores tell you.

So before I get into what I say, have in mind I went by what all of you said and bought a heater for my beta boy. He lives in a 2gallon tank, with just enough decor but not enough to over crowd him, and he has an air pump in there as well. So remember this lol

When I went to petco, and this small pet store that is specialized in tropical fish and birds, as well as petsmart and walmart(not they they matter.) I was told the same thing by all these different places. (I went to all these places looking for the perfect decor and other things needed for my beta).

I was told that a beta needs nothing more than the cup they come in to live. Which is why the sell little half gallon containers for bettas. I was also told that they DO NOT need a heater. That the betta adjusts to the room temperature water and lives just fine and happy. They had also said that as far as water changes go, to make sure that you condition the water before the fish goes in and let it sit for like a half hour, then to put your fishy in. They said that you only need to change the water roughly once a month, IF it looks dirty, and only 25% water changes at that.

Mind you this is all coming from the aquatic specialists from 4 different stores. It kind of threw me off. For the first week of having my beta, the I just didn't have a heater, he was just fine. I went and bought a heater to put in his tank, and the temperature is at 78 degrees, and he does the same thing as he did before.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:12 AM   #2 
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And to my surprise, they beta's they all had in stock looked Healthy, the water was very nice and clean. Walmart looked slightly dirty but even they weren't bad. And the specialized small pet store even had like bigger containers for their bettas verus like walmart,petco,or petsmart.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:38 AM   #3 
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Sadly many pet stores spread a lot of bad information about fish keeping. The chain stores are notoriously bad.

Frequent water changes are an absolute must because ammonia builds up quickly (especially in small containers), and ammonia will poison your fish. You can test the water and see for yourself, A 1/2 gallon that hasn't had a water change in a month will have extremely high levels of ammonia, and will kill the fish. One of the most common myths is that water should be changed only when it gets cloudy...by that point the water is WAY too dirty and full of ammonia for the fish, and the fish will not live long.

Bettas are tropical fish, and like all tropical fish, they absolutely need a heater. They are lethargic and will suffer stress and susceptibility to disease if they are too cold. I don't know why pet shop employees think that bettas are any different from any other tropical fish.

When you say he does the same things he did before, what do you mean? How was he acting before? How long has he been in his new setup? He could still be adjusting.
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He's been in there for about a little over a week. And he's a pretty active little fella, before and after the new setup. Seems just fine to me, he always comes to the front of the tank when I walk in my room. I loves him.

And I figured with petco/petsmart/walmart that it was just people who didn't care. But then I went to the store that specializes in tropical fish/birds and they said the same exact thing, they even went into more depth about it and helped me with my cloudy water problem.
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I also bought water test kits and change my water when it looks even slightly bad. They said as long as I don't over feed the fish (which the recommended 2-4 pellets every other day) that the water shouldn't get that dirty.
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Fish constantly secrete ammonia through their gills, so ammonia still builds regardless of how much is fed.
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:10 AM   #7 
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Why do people tell the wrong information?
I guess it's lack of information, really it's not that hard to find it, you just have to look!
And even if it's not something your really interested in, you have to admit it is fascinating to learn, right?!
That's what I think about it, so I am going to try and get people interested in finding the truth instead of telling people false info!
And it makes sense when it's told so much, we believe it, but it's always better to research.
If you did, you'd find most bettas act happier when they are in larger homes with warm temperatures and clean water!
I mean, my female betta Autumn got upset because I moved the heater to the other side of the tank where she couldn't get to it. At least I think that is what it was, and when I switched heaters she wasn't as active as before because her temperature changed (I fixed that).

That's great you got him what he needed!
Do you have pics of your betta?

I really want to work at a petstore (Don't we all?) sometime, that would be awesome!
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:29 AM   #8 
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I really want to work at a petstore (Don't we all?) sometime, that would be awesome!
It's stressful for me, but that might be because we went from a smaller store with just food and supplies to a bigger, more corporate-feeling store with fish and small animals. You get a lot of great experiences with animals, though, so it evens out.

Since I got my betta I've been trying to steer people away from the tiny little cubes and the glass bowls they come in. I've helped people pick out small tanks and good food for their fish, and tell them about water changes and stuff to watch out for. Makes it a little easier to see them pick out one of our bettas if I know they're going to be taken care of.
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It's stressful for me, but that might be because we went from a smaller store with just food and supplies to a bigger, more corporate-feeling store with fish and small animals. You get a lot of great experiences with animals, though, so it evens out.

Since I got my betta I've been trying to steer people away from the tiny little cubes and the glass bowls they come in. I've helped people pick out small tanks and good food for their fish, and tell them about water changes and stuff to watch out for. Makes it a little easier to see them pick out one of our bettas if I know they're going to be taken care of.
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:42 AM   #10 
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This is my beta when I very first brought him home and had him in a temporary tank. I had to wait until the next day to get the tank I wanted for him.



He is my little dragon. :P
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