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Old 10-26-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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The only fish I ever had were the occasional goldfish won at a fair as a kid. I've thought it might be fun but don't wish to dive in immediately to the expense of an aquarium etc... .

Are betas as easy as they look? Can I really just place one or two in a nice vase with a rooted plant for them to eat the algae or is there more involved?
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:13 PM
 
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The only fish I ever had were the occasional goldfish won at a fair as a kid. I've thought it might be fun but don't wish to dive in immediately to the expense of an aquarium etc... .

Are betas as easy as they look? Can I really just place one or two in a nice vase with a rooted plant for them to eat the algae or is there more involved?
I'll weigh in on this one I had betas for a long time and they do great. It's been a while but I seem to remember that I was told not to put more than one in a vessel at a time they will fight. I had two of them and I had each one in their own vessel.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:07 PM
 
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Betas need to be separated other wise they fight. I had two and kept them separated. I used big fish bowls and a water treatment added in. I fed them Beta flakes. I've not had any with plants in the water with them, but have seen them all over that way. You can ask what plants are good for them. Betas really aren't that much to take care of once you get the initial supplies. You can spend as little or as much as you want on a tank/bowl- but one tank/bowl for each beta. Fish flakes are under five dollars and I think i went through maybe two a year. Water treatment is around 10 dollars a bottle. And I think I went through about maybe 2 year.

So water treatment and food per fish is the equivalent to a jug of cat litter every six month. Plus whatever your water company charges for a gallon of water.

I have four goldfish for and had them for about a year now and I finally went through their container of food
and am working on their second bottle of water treatment.
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:09 PM
 
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Thanks for the tips. I was not aware of the need for water treatment.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:52 AM
 
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Betas need to be separated other wise they fight. I had two and kept them separated. I used big fish bowls and a water treatment added in. I fed them Beta flakes. I've not had any with plants in the water with them, but have seen them all over that way. You can ask what plants are good for them. Betas really aren't that much to take care of once you get the initial supplies. You can spend as little or as much as you want on a tank/bowl- but one tank/bowl for each beta. Fish flakes are under five dollars and I think i went through maybe two a year. Water treatment is around 10 dollars a bottle. And I think I went through about maybe 2 year.

So water treatment and food per fish is the equivalent to a jug of cat litter every six month. Plus whatever your water company charges for a gallon of water.

I have four goldfish for and had them for about a year now and I finally went through their container of food
and am working on their second bottle of water treatment.
Thanks chasey for telling MoGal about the water treatment I wasn't even thinking when I posted or I would have mentioned thatGood to see someone take up the slack.
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:59 PM
 
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Thanks chasey for telling MoGal about the water treatment I wasn't even thinking when I posted or I would have mentioned thatGood to see someone take up the slack.


You are welcome!


The water treatment helps get out chlorine and other things fish really don't need and it helps protect the the protective slime the fish have on their scales. In general it keeps a fish healthier.

My aunt when she moved gave me a female beta who was around 3 when I got her and she ended up living another four years. And at the time I'd been fishless for years and water treatment was fairly new. So I was like- hey that's pretty cool stuff.
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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Bettas do better with filtration in a tank 2.5 gallons or larger, but if you are going to keep one in a bowl be sure to do frequent water changes. Bettas are susceptible to fin and tail rot from dirty water. Also, they don't do well in cool temps like goldfish do, so if your house drops below 78 degrees in the winter you should consider getting a small heater for the tank/bowl. They make flat low-wattage heaters specifically for bowls, like this:

ZooMed Betta Therm- Betta Bowl Heater - 7.5w

Oh, and bettas aren't algae eaters, they are carnivores. That's why their lips are on the top of their heads, for eating insects from the water surface in the wild.

Betta Fish Care Guide | Are bettas carnivores or veggies (http://bettafishguide.blogspot.com/2008/02/are-bettas-carnivores-or-veggies.html - broken link)

betta food

My bettas would never eat pellets, and would/will eat only certain types of flakes. The one I have now absolutely loves flaked earthworms and flaked brine shrimp. They can be super finicky, and sometimes just refuse to eat if they don't like what you offer them.

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Old 11-02-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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Bettas do better with filtration in a tank 2.5 gallons or larger, but if you are going to keep one in a bowl be sure to do frequent water changes. Bettas are susceptible to fin and tail rot from dirty water. Also, they don't do well in cool temps like goldfish do, so if your house drops below 78 degrees in the winter you should consider getting a small heater for the tank/bowl. They make flat low-wattage heaters specifically for bowls, like this:

ZooMed Betta Therm- Betta Bowl Heater - 7.5w

Oh, and bettas aren't algae eaters, they are carnivores. That's why their lips are on the top of their heads, for eating insects from the water surface in the wild.

Betta Fish Care Guide | Are bettas carnivores or veggies (http://bettafishguide.blogspot.com/2008/02/are-bettas-carnivores-or-veggies.html - broken link)

betta food

My bettas would never eat pellets, and would/will eat only certain types of flakes. The one I have now absolutely loves flaked earthworms and flaked brine shrimp. They can be super finicky, and sometimes just refuse to eat if they don't like what you offer them.
Great info attw3! Thanks. The temp. part is very good to know because I do keep my house temp in the mid. 60's during the winter as not to run up the heating bill.
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:22 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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bloodworms were my bettas favorite
ive found that unless you do a min of 2.5 gal with filtration and heat your doing your betta a disservice, ive known many people "sucessfully" keep thie rbetta in little vases ect...for 2-3 years! they tell me this is wonderfull...
what they dont realize is given the right circumstances (heat, proper filtration ect) they can live ALOT longer, i reacently lost my 8 year old betta when the power whent out in my house and his water temperature dropped drastically

spend a little xtra money on the right set up and youll have a beautiful fishy companion for many years to come, they do develop strong personalities too!

bettas, as already said are carnivores, so if you find yourself having algea issues a couple of snails or a trio of ottos are perfect, never put your betta with a pleco or chinese algea eater, plecos get much too large and CAE's become very agressive as they mature.
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Old 11-06-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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Yes. Betta's are nice fish. I had one for a few years before it died. I named him after my ex, a person who also had to be alone, in his own little tank, otherwise he would be mean to others.
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