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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-13-2015, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Greeting from sunny Queensland, Australia

Hello Everyone!
I'm new on here and a new Betta owner. I bought a Betta for my daughter for her 5th birthday because she said she wanted a red fish and I've never seen a goldfish come in the colour red lol. We went on down to the pet store where I showed her all the Bettas. She saw many red ones and surprisingly she chose the one that in my opinion looked to be in the best health compared to the red ones, he was in a very small plastic cup with just enough water to cover him, the water was filthy. I didn't know anything about Bettas at the time, all I had heard about Bettas was that they came from mud holes in rice patty fields and were a very hardy small fish so I didn't think much of how they had him in the pet store (but now I know none of those Bettas deserve to be displayed in this way it broke my heart, I wish I could buy them all). In the week since we've had Ponyo (that's his name :) ) I seem to have caught the highly contagious Betta virus lol I started doing a lot of research about them only to discover that the only things I knew about them were wrong. When we bought him, I also bought a tank kit which contained a 10Ltr tank, black gravel, a small castle ornament and a plastic plant. After a few days of reading about Betta I found out that they also need a filter, heater, air stone, water testing kit, a silk plant and an ornament in which he can hide. Which I will be buying when I have some more money again. He refused to eat the pellets I bought him so I went to buy him some frozen bloodworms and a fish net for cleaning. While I was shopping I found a leaf hammock and thought it would be great because I often seen him resting on the plastic plant, I felt abit silly buying a hammock for a fish but I'm glad I did after finding out that those plastic plants can damage his fins and he LOVES it, He never rests in the plastic plant now he is either on the hammock or laying on the gravel. I would love it some advice on which type of filter, heater, water changes and a possible tank mate? He is such a beautiful fish and I want him to live the best he can for his short life, I wish I knew how old he is (He is mature because he has been making bubble nests) I also wish I knew where I could get younger Betta as well as females because later down the track in a few years I'd eventually like to breed them.
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Here is a photo of his bubble net that he made today. Sorry about the glare and poor quality I took the photo on my phone. :)
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Welcome, he looks super cute. Also live plants are great to have in your tank as well. Also, you should get him a cave, betas love caves.

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Welcome to the forums. Your boy is adorable.
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Hello from New South Wales!

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Hello from NSW too!
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