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Old 07-05-2010, 11:47 PM   #91 
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I bet if you put a betta in a 120 gallon tank by himself he would be perfectly happy, not overwhelmed. He'd establish himself a nice territory around a piece of driftwood and some plants for hiding in and wait to be fed and probably live extremely happily.

Also.. almost any girl ages 12-40 would probably love to live in a mall.

I think it was OldFishLady who told me when I first started getting on forums and learning how to properly treat bettas that "there is a difference between thriving and surviving" we as owners have to decide which we want for our fish. Do we want them to merely survive in a tiny tank, probably to die in 1-2 years if he's lucky or do we want them to thrive in 2.5 gallon tanks or larger with heaters to live happily for a normal life expectancy of 3-5 years if not more?
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Old 07-07-2010, 05:25 PM   #92 
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Well, thats true!!!
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:42 PM   #93 
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I've heard of bettas being put in 10g tanks and freaking out now if you add other fish they should be fine. And when I was talking about a mall I meant one with no stores or no people. I wasn't saying that you shoul'nt put your fish in a HUGE home I was just pointing out that It cannot be too big or too small.
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:09 PM   #94 
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Yes and no. Bettas live in very small AREAS of very large rice paddies and ponds. When another male betta comes into the territory and fight each other the loser has plenty of room to escape and is left unharmed.
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:35 AM   #95 
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Even if it is only an inch deep we are still talking about a whole pond/paddy/klong.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:28 PM   #96 
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Good post, Lupin. (:
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:59 PM   #97 
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im so glad you posted this because people at petco thought it was funny that i got a big tank for a betta
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:57 PM   #98 
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Interesting facts about bettas Great atticle. Thanks for posting !
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Old 02-01-2011, 03:21 PM   #99 
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Hi, while your article has many truths... it is quite flawed because you failed to take several factors in to account.

Firstly, you're right - they don't live in tiny mud puddles. But that does not mean they do not live in small spaces. Bettas are SIAMESE FIGHTING FISH. So while Klongs and Paddy Fields look big, it is really not how it seems. In the wild, they become VERY territorial, and when you have BIG spawns that survive, thats a whole lot of males considering the size of those things. The result? Those who do not get killed by others, end up claiming SMALL territories - there's too many males to claim large territories.

Secondly, bettas who live in Klongs and Paddy Fields are wild. Pet Bettas are not. If you placed a pet betta in there, it would probably die. They simply are not as "street-smart" as wild bettas. Sure, bettas may be happier in a larger area, but most of them thrive in smaller homes because their instincts are set on claiming a suitable territory. To them, smaller homes are VERY suitable.

Lastly, pet bettas are adapted and used to living in smaller homes. While I agree that they should have the opportunity to experience life in a larger home... it's unlikely all bettas will get that. I've had several bettas live for YEARS in smaller homes.

To answer your question, "Do bettas really live in "tiny" puddles?".... No. But they do live in small territories (in the wild.) And Pet bettas are used to living in smaller homes.
I agree with you in a way it annoys me that everyone always says that in the wild bettas have HUGE ponds not little mud puddles and act like each one has OVER 10 gallons of territory that there are very few bettas and that they have like I said HUGE territories they act like they know that in the wild bettas dont have large spawns or there are a lot but only about 3 survive I mean seriously people actually think about this
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Ah, but there is a difference between a domestic betta and a wild type.
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