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Hello Betta lovers! I just got a betta fish this evening, and put him in a 2.5g tank. It has slow/little filtration. The water quality is normal but the water is a little hard. I read online that betta's prefer softer water, but my location's water is very hard. Will this be ok for the betta? Hopefully the picture I uploaded will appear. His container said that he was a halfmoon, so I was wondering if the ends of his fins looked a little too scraggly and might be fin rot. I was also wondering if anyone could tell me his coloring? He was a little smaller than the other males which made me wonder if he was younger. He also hasn't flared, even when I went up to the tank glass. Is he just shy/stressed or is something else wrong? I bought him Nutrafin Max flakes, I realize that bettas prefer pellets but it was the only food I could find that had a protein as the main food source. I know the food includes freeze dried Bloodworms, is this ok for every day use? Hopefully you can see in the picture that he has blue eyes, which I've never seen on a betta. Any name suggestions for my little guy? I'm not new to tropical fish, I have a 15g with platies, guppies, and neon tetras so I assume bettas are similar to care for. I put out topfin crab and lobster bits for my snails and my fish loved them, is it ok to feed those to my betta every once in a while. Thanks for reading this whole paragraph, and helping me out!
 

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First, welcome to the forum. Since you're not new to fish, I won't tell you to read the stickies on cycling. :)

My pH is 9-10 GH and my Bettas do fine. It's more important that the pH remain stable so I'd leave it alone. You can add a piece of driftwood which is supposed to help bring down the pH fairly slowly.

It's perfectly normal for Bettas to not flare in a new environment. It must be pretty scary going from that teeny tiny cup to having room to actually swim. I wouldn't worry about it. Does he have live plants or "caves" in his tank? Mine rest in their Cabomba.

It's not that Bettas refer pellets; it's that flakes can cause digestive problems. I say "can;" not "will." Others more knowledgeable than I will have to address anything related to diet.

He's a beauty. You done good!
 

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I have a little cave for him to hide in although he hasn't found it yet. I also have two live plants and a soft moss ball for him to rest on. The food says that has "advanced yeast extract to help support a healthy digestive system", so hopefully it be ok. Thank you for your help!
 

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He's a pretty Betta. Mine has kind of the same colors. Yours has more white. I'm not sure what you'd call his colors. He definitely looks like a half moon though. His fins look alright, he'll flourish as time goes on. He's probably still young. He's probably still a bit stressed and shy, give him a few days and he'll start to recognize you, and become more active when you're around him. They have tons of personality. I've used both pellets, and flakes, both work depending on what the Betta likes. I also used freeze dried blood worms, my fish doesn't care for them too much so I don't feed them often. But if yours does, I'd use those to fill in for the flakes maybe twice to three times a week. You'll figure it out! =] The water should also be okay. I'm not too sure about that, but somebody else on here probably does. I've never seen blue eyes on a Betta either, but that's too cool. You got a unique one. I'm not good with names haha. Mine is Edgar. I tend to stick to older common names. I once had one named Jack, and Looshis. Those are the only two I can remember. But he'll either earn his name with personality, or you'll think of something you like. Anyway, welcome to the forum! Enjoy your stay.
 

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Hi Kirby, and welcome to the forum. Your already taking really good care of your fish.

Hard water is generally fine, as long as it's not extreme. Mine live and breed in hard water and I have never had an issue. Bettas are from an area with soft water, but they are very adaptable and having hard but stable water is better then having soft but unstable (pH fluctuates) water.

I think his color would be butterfly, although he is not a great example of one...whatever it is it's beautiful though.

For food, I would switch to a high quality pellet like new life spectrum or omega one. Both are high in protein and contain little problem causing filler. I'm fairly sure that nutrafin max is as good as it gets when it comes to flakes, but it's still a flake food that contains more filler then it ideally should.
 

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He's a pretty Betta. Mine has kind of the same colors. Yours has more white. I'm not sure what you'd call his colors. He definitely looks like a half moon though. His fins look alright, he'll flourish as time goes on. He's probably still young. He's probably still a bit stressed and shy, give him a few days and he'll start to recognize you, and become more active when you're around him. They have tons of personality. I've used both pellets, and flakes, both work depending on what the Betta likes. I also used freeze dried blood worms, my fish doesn't care for them too much so I don't feed them often. But if yours does, I'd use those to fill in for the flakes maybe twice to three times a week. You'll figure it out! =] The water should also be okay. I'm not too sure about that, but somebody else on here probably does. I've never seen blue eyes on a Betta either, but that's too cool. You got a unique one. I'm not good with names haha. Mine is Edgar. I tend to stick to older common names. I once had one named Jack, and Looshis. Those are the only two I can remember. But he'll either earn his name with personality, or you'll think of something you like. Anyway, welcome to the forum! Enjoy your stay.
Thanks for your advice and help, and might I say that you have a gorgeous betta! I decided on Cetus. Cetus was a sea monster in Greek mythology. I thought it would be ironic considering my guy is shy. anyways, thanks!
 

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Hi Kirby, and welcome to the forum. Your already taking really good care of your fish.

Hard water is generally fine, as long as it's not extreme. Mine live and breed in hard water and I have never had an issue. Bettas are from an area with soft water, but they are very adaptable and having hard but stable water is better then having soft but unstable (pH fluctuates) water.

I think his color would be butterfly, although he is not a great example of one...whatever it is it's beautiful though.

For food, I would switch to a high quality pellet like new life spectrum or omega one. Both are high in protein and contain little problem causing filler. I'm fairly sure that nutrafin max is as good as it gets when it comes to flakes, but it's still a flake food that contains more filler then it ideally should.
ok thanks for your help! I haven't had a problem with ph changing in that tank. I've kept red cherry shrimp in it before. I did finally get him to eat the flakes after they sunk. I even have omega one for tropical fish, I checked the ingredients and the first few are all protein. The omega one I have is flakes though. Anyways, thanks for your help!
 

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Welcome. I was going to suggest Zeus, but I think that Cetus suits him just fine.
 

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I got my fish Thursday and he wouldn't eat either of the types of pellets I tried to feed him, but he LOVES the frozen bloodworms. They are fun to feed because you can dangle them just above the water and he'll come snatch it from you. (or in my case, off of the straw) I have heard a lot of people say that the freeze dried ones lose their nutrients in the process, so frozen are better because they are packed with protein.
 

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I got my fish Thursday and he wouldn't eat either of the types of pellets I tried to feed him, but he LOVES the frozen bloodworms. They are fun to feed because you can dangle them just above the water and he'll come snatch it from you. (or in my case, off of the straw) I have heard a lot of people say that the freeze dried ones lose their nutrients in the process, so frozen are better because they are packed with protein.
What did you end up naming your fish? yeah I've heard that too. I've tried to get Cetus to eat his flakes but he's only had a few so far and doesn't seem that interested. I suppose he's not that hungry. Anyways, thanks for your input!
 

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Until you get a good quality pelleted food, feed him one flake. If he spits it out, remove flake from tank. Try again six or so hours later. Keep this up until he eats.

Do not offer him frozen bloodworms or freeze dried until he eats his pelleted/flaked food and then wait a month to do that. It's like giving kids desert after they've refused to eat their dinner. Bloodworms should only be given as treats and not be a Betta's staple diet.

You could also ask the place where you bought hiim what they fed. If it was frozen bloodworms, that's probably why he's not eating.

Survival is what an animal's world is all about. They won't starve themselves to death. It's a waiting game. ;-)
 

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What did you end up naming your fish? yeah I've heard that too. I've tried to get Cetus to eat his flakes but he's only had a few so far and doesn't seem that interested. I suppose he's not that hungry. Anyways, thanks for your input!
My daughter named him Buttercup :tongue:
 

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He is a very nice HM, it looks like he has some crowntail or rosetail influences. I would call his color cambodian butterfly with a little royal blue.
 

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Thanks for your advice and help, and might I say that you have a gorgeous betta! I decided on Cetus. Cetus was a sea monster in Greek mythology. I thought it would be ironic considering my guy is shy. anyways, thanks!

:) Thanks! We have fish that kind of look a little alike. And you picked a great name for him. Greek Mythology is always a good way to go. Although I've never heard of Cetus before. Anyway, no problem! You'll figure some things out about your Betta as you go along. Trial and error, but that's why we're here to help! Take care. :wave:
 

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:) Thanks! We have fish that kind of look a little alike. And you picked a great name for him. Greek Mythology is always a good way to go. Although I've never heard of Cetus before. Anyway, no problem! You'll figure some things out about your Betta as you go along. Trial and error, but that's why we're here to help! Take care. :wave:
Thank you! And thanks for your time and help!
 
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