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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Your longest - lived betta.

Hello everyone,

I was just wondering, what was the longest - lived betta you have ever kept? How long did they live? What was it like having him or her for so long? Did you ever move with them?

Also (for those of you that had a crazy long-lived one) what is your secret!?

I would love to hear some stories.

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Longest lived was, I believe, Raymond the First @ 7+ years. He was a VT bought from Woolworth's or Grant's in 1967. He lived in a filterless, heaterless two gallon bowl. I changed 100% of his water weekly. He moved at least seven times but probably more as I was a Nomad in and after college. When he moved I lowered the water to about an inch, placed the bowl in a box with dirty clothes (Thanks, Mom!) to keep the bowl from moving around and the water sloshing too much.

Same as above with Raymond II, III and IV. The last two I purchased after college while working in a pet store. Keep in mind, these were purchased between 1967-1970. This was before people started messing with them and bloating their bodies and lengthening their fins. About only kind available were VT.

I believe there are five keys to longevity:

1. Genetics, genetics, genetics

2. Good hygiene/water conditions with frequent water changes and substrate vacuuming.

3. Good, nutritious food with few fillers

4. Heater

5. Most important: Honesty with yourself and with others about #2.

I emphasize #5 because I cannot tell you how many people fill out the D&E form and tell us their maintenance is great. But continuing/recurrent problems they have are Fin Rot and other diseases traced directly to dirty habitat.

In the last 20+ years I have seen longevity decrease. I'm sure genetics play a key part. But, at least for me, it is also when I slack up in care. However, even with good care, I see my Betta live fewer than two or three years. Around two being average. All were healthy when I bought them.

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Cool topic! My story is simple.

I had a Betta named Hattori Hanzo who lived four years which wasn't very long. He was a very active, confident and beautiful Betta in his 5 gal tank. He was just a lovely fella to watch. Yes, I had moved from an apartment to a house and transported him. That stressed him out. Shortly after a couple of months, he became ill and passed.
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My longest lived betta was Harry. A blue double tail. He past away a day after he turned 9 years old. That was Jan. of this year. He was a great little guy with a lot of personality.
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My longest lived betta was Harry. A blue double tail. He past away a day after he turned 9 years old. That was Jan. of this year. He was a great little guy with a lot of personality.
WOW. 😳. That's impressive. Sorry for your loss. That was fairly recent. 😞

It's too bad about the genetics being weaker than they used to be. I wish we could count on enjoying our little friends for a bit longer.

Unfortunately, it seems like moving is a big risk for these guys, but that's just part of life sometimes 😞 I'm nervous about any fish I have when the time comes for us to move out of the apartment.

2.5G - 1 female betta: "Miss Cleo"
5.5G - 1 betta: Half-moon King "Cobalt"
10G (with 4G of water) 1 female betta "Grace"
29G - 1 gold marble angelfish "Bartholomew"
1 Male fancy guppy "Guplet"

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I am wondering how moving would be any more stressful than being tossed around by the USPS for three days?

If you put him in a small cup or jar with just enough water to keep him covered and surround it with tightly-packed clothing or something else he should be fine. Take several gallons of his current water and gradually acclimate him to the new.

Shipped Betta are in tiny bags with minimal water. This is for the protection of the Betta as it alleviates the amount jostling/sloshing around they experience.

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Unless someone pours rum into the cup or bowl that is being moved you should be fine like Russell said. When we moved a month and a half ago I had a Petco Black orchard (Ben) Ben was a real character and a great personality. I had gotten him into his traveling bowl (we were only moving a half a block down the street.) I was tearing down and cleaning his tank, when my Son (who was helping with the move ) said Hay Dad Ben doesn't look so good. He's at the top of the bowl and looks like he's having a hard time breathing. By the time I got back to his bowl he was gone. After testing the water to try and find a reason I was told by another who saw what happened. One guy we hired was drinking and poured rum into the bowl.

I will never let any of my betta out of my sight. not even for a Min.

When you move the fish are the very last thing to be taken out of the tank and the tank emptied and cleaned. The tank would be the very last thing loaded and the very first thing off the truck. your fish would be with you and they would be the first to be cared for on the other end. Then every thing else would be moved in. They can not sit for days while you unpack the house and get time to set up the tank. Hay even if you put the tank on a stand, hook up the heater and filter (don't worry about getting the substrate or decor into the tank. Just get it so the water is conditioned and warm enough for the fish.
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@RussellTheShihTzu , @Old Dog 59 , thank you for the moving tips.

Good to know about using minimal water, I would have thought the opposite. Also I was pretty sure it was the sudden change in source water that would be stressful, but bringing old tank water separately to acclimate makes sense.

No one better pour rum on my fish. That is messed up. I'm really sorry that happened to you.

2.5G - 1 female betta: "Miss Cleo"
5.5G - 1 betta: Half-moon King "Cobalt"
10G (with 4G of water) 1 female betta "Grace"
29G - 1 gold marble angelfish "Bartholomew"
1 Male fancy guppy "Guplet"
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Eeks! I misspoke.

I meant take gallons of source water from your apartment. But tank water wouldn't be a bad idea, either.

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When you move the fish are the very last thing to be taken out of the tank and the tank emptied and cleaned. The tank would be the very last thing loaded and the very first thing off the truck. your fish would be with you and they would be the first to be cared for on the other end.
Agreed. In the future, I will definitely do this and have a spare cup. Thinking it would be easier to move the Betta tank with the Betta in it especially since it was only a five mile journey was a big no-no. The 5 gal tank had minimal water though I removed all the decor and rocks. The tank was sitting securely on the passenger side of the car floor. As you can image, definite slooshing. Stirred up substrate. Poor guy.
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