Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Care
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-29-2011, 10:16 AM   #1 
ArcticRain
Member
 
ArcticRain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Is Wild Betta Care different for Normal Bettas?

I saw a wild Betta at walmart yesterday! It looked really cool! I'm thinking about going back and buying it. But I wanted to know what you guys thought? Also, I have a few questions.

Is their care different from normal bettas?
Do they need a bigger tank?
Are they more active?
Are thier deasises harder to spot?
Do they have different deasises?

The one at the store was female, I have only owned males. Is there anything new I should now about females?

Please, any information is appreciated!
ArcticRain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 03:14 PM   #2 
Creat
Member
 
Creat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Idaho
Define wild betta? are you talking about plakats or short tails? I didnt know walmart carried them... the care depends on the species
Creat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 07:25 PM   #3 
ArcticRain
Member
 
ArcticRain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Wild as in Wild. This is what it looked like.

ArcticRain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 08:32 PM   #4 
Kytkattin
Member
 
Kytkattin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: California
There are dozens of different types of bettas, but I doubt that Walmart is going to get anything other than your basic betta splendens. Wild types tend to be hard to find and expensive. Even wild betta splendens are hard to come by because breeders want them so they can start fresh lines. It is however, a very beautiful fish. :)
Kytkattin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 08:48 PM   #5 
LittleBettaFish
Member
 
LittleBettaFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Australia
I own lots of different species of wild bettas, and yes, their care is very different from what I give my splendens.

Most species except for some of the larger mouthbrooders, prefer very soft and acidic conditions, which can be accomodated through the use of peat moss, R/O water and Indian Almond Leaves. My tap water comes out of the tap very soft so I just add Prime and IAL extract during water changes.

While most species can live in groups, they will still fight on occasion, and so a lot of cover is needed in tanks where anything more than a male/female pair is housed. I use branches, leaf litter, moss and floating plants to provide cover for my wilds.

Some species such as unimaculata inhabit areas where there is a fair amount of water movement. However, others like my rutilans prefer a stagnant environment and don't need filtration.

Because of the soft water and acidic conditions most wilds prefer, cycling a tank is often difficult and unnecessary. Instead I do several partial (around 20%) water changes over the course of the week. This also prevents shocking the fish with sudden swings in parameters. Filters are only used to circulate water.

Wild caught species are often very shy, and some will remain that way, only ever coming out of cover to feed. However, hand-feeding your wilds and starting them off in smaller tanks, are both ways you can get them accustomed to you. Right now, my rutilan male is so comfortable in my presence, he doesn't even bother hiding while he's got a mouth full of eggs.

Feeding can be difficult. Some wilds will only accept live foods while some others will accept frozen too. None of mine will eat flake/pellets.

Also they will jump through any space no matter how small. I just lost my male unimaculata after he got out through my filter cord gap. They do best with a very tightly fitting lid.

While not as flashy as splendens, I much prefer my wilds. They tend to have less health issues overall, and are certainly more striking in their own way.
LittleBettaFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 09:18 PM   #6 
ArcticRain
Member
 
ArcticRain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Thank you very much for your help. I am pretty new to fish keeping, so i think i will let this Betta pass. Thanks again!
ArcticRain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 09:21 PM   #7 
LittleBettaFish
Member
 
LittleBettaFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Australia
No worries. My splendens have me ripping out my hair most of the time so I understand where you're coming from.
LittleBettaFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wild Bettas.... BettaSCHmacK Betta Fish Care 2 08-14-2013 12:34 AM
Wild Bettas on Exhibit!!! Kytkattin Betta Pictures 7 07-15-2011 01:16 AM
Wild Bettas? Johnificent Betta Chat 7 05-01-2011 02:58 PM
wild bettas beta novice Betta Chat 2 06-13-2010 09:43 PM
Wild Bettas tnicholas1970 Betta Fish Care 39 05-16-2009 11:02 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:27 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.