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Old 11-14-2011, 08:16 PM   #1 
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Newbie Question...

Okay, I'm not exactly a newbie, not at all!! I'm so addicted to bettas... Lol.
So this is my fifth betta ( I currently have two )
I just got another yesterday, a red veiltail female,Fleur, and she seems to hang around the top a lot...
I Really don't want to fill out one of those forms.
Is this expected out of a new betta?
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:06 PM   #2 
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is your tank heated??
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:30 PM   #3 
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No... It's pretty warm here.
I've never known you need a heater till recently.
I've been working on getting one.
I had a betta without a heater for 2 years once here.
Should I get one?
I read somewhere that if you house is kept about 76 degrees or something you dont need one.
Is that true..?

Also, your betta thats your profile is super cute!!

I also been noticing it's going up to the top less and less...
Although, I do see it get breath, of course.
She seems to be exploring more!

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Old 11-14-2011, 10:55 PM   #4 
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Unless you live somewhere the weather is always in the 80+ range, you really need a heater. The water will always be a few degrees less than the air temp, so right now you probably have a tank that is 72-74. Much to cold for a betta.

And yes, your former betta might have survived without all of these things, but that is just luck and good genes. Their immune system is not as strong when the water is colder, and eventually the lack of warmth will catch up to them.

Your new girl is probably getting used to her surroundings. Glad to know she is exploring now!
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Old 11-15-2011, 07:25 AM   #5 
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I spent about 30 years in Arizona, so it really depends on where you are living in that state if you can get away without a heater- for part of the year.. since half of the state is desert, the other half mountainous forests.
Winter is coming and it will be idea to get one as you can't judge when the temp in the tank will fluctuate- which can be deadly for them.

He was most likely hanging out at the top because he was stressed. How did you acclimate him to his new home? Does he have plenty of plants and a cave of sorts to hide in and feel secure? A wide open, bare tank will easily stress them out.. they are used to small confinements from the breeder's jars to the cup, so being in a larger tank can be scary- as well as they naturally like plants and places to hide.
Also depends on the fish's personality.. I have one that doesn't tend to swim to the bottom much, but others will go to the bottom all the time to go sleep in their caves and look for food.

3-5 years is their age span, sometimes more by a few years, and sometimes a little less if the breeder pays more attention to breeding rather then the genetic lines of health, etc. What size is your tank and what will be your weekly cleaning schedule?
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