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Old 09-21-2007, 12:45 AM
 
Location: In the Redwoods
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First off, I totally forgot about my original Betta thread (titled "New Addition"), so a belated thanks to all who contributed! And to answer someone's question, he's definitely a bottom dweller, which really scared me at first.

Now for the advice part, earlier this week, I noticed he seemed lethargic... laying almost sideways on the bottom, not swimming around, and his color looked a bit dull. After doing a little research, I guessed it had to do with either poor water quality or cold temperatures. Sooooo, I've gotten a snail & siphon for cleaning, and did a nearly complete water change yesterday... I also added a different water conditioner (with added vitamins), and switched him to a freeze-dried bloodworm food. Finally, I bought a thermometer & heater, but haven't hooked up the heater yet.

Does it sound like I'm on the right track? He's definitely acting perkier today, and seems almost back to normal. But I'm wondering about the heater & filter, since some books say you don't need either... and does anyone know the best temperature for Betta's water? It's right around 76 degrees without a heater, and I've had the light on all day. Sorry about the long post, and thanks in advance!
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:58 AM
 
Location: In the Redwoods
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Default Here's RuPaul!

Oh, and I finally managed to get some (fairly) decent pictures of him...

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p302/gizmo980/August2007067.jpg (broken link)



http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p302/gizmo980/August2007077.jpg (broken link)

Oy, it's hard to get pictures of a fish! But believe it or not, he was totally hamming it up - true to his name, LOL. I've since gotten him a toy treasure chest, which he loves to sleep in at night... also moved his tank, to a less exposed part of the living room.
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Old 09-21-2007, 10:32 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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He looks lonesome....
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Old 09-21-2007, 01:55 PM
 
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Does it sound like I'm on the right track? He's definitely acting perkier today, and seems almost back to normal. But I'm wondering about the heater & filter, since some books say you don't need either... and does anyone know the best temperature for Betta's water? It's right around 76 degrees without a heater, and I've had the light on all day. Sorry about the long post, and thanks in advance!
I have actually read that Betta's don't need a filter at all ( although we have one ). We had Nemo for 3 years and he was just in a regular bowl without filter or a heater. Then when we bought Jaws, he had EVERYTHING ( filter etc. ) and he passed away after several days!!!However, now we have Willy, and he is doing great!!!We keep his water around 76 degrees, his tank does have a filter, but we change his water completely once a month or so.
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Old 09-21-2007, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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76 is a good temp for a betta. They actually do better without a filter.
Is that a one gallon tank? I usually change a 1/4 of my tanks weekly and add a little aquarium salt which helps them with stress, add electrolytes to the water and helps prevent disease.

Nice looking betta!
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Old 09-21-2007, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Forgot to add;
some bettas do better with a plant in the tank, real or fake. It gives them a place to hide and rest.
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Old 09-22-2007, 06:58 AM
 
Location: In the Redwoods
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He looks lonesome....
Bettas actually prefer to be alone... they'll kill any males in the tank (of any breed, I believe), and would probably mate too much with a female. You should see how he puffs his cheeks at his reflection in the mirror!
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Old 09-22-2007, 07:00 AM
 
Location: In the Redwoods
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76 is a good temp for a betta. They actually do better without a filter.
Is that a one gallon tank? I usually change a 1/4 of my tanks weekly and add a little aquarium salt which helps them with stress, add electrolytes to the water and helps prevent disease.

Nice looking betta!
Thanks. Yes, it's a 1 gallon tank, and I'll try turning off the filter & see how he likes it. Thanks for the tips, and I will also add aquarium salt at the next water change. Oh, and he has a little treasure chest to hide in now, but maybe I'll get a plant instead?
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Old 09-22-2007, 07:01 AM
 
Location: In the Redwoods
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Btw, he's doing much better today/yesterday, and seems to be back to himself... he also really likes the bloodworm food, so I'll probably stick with that now. Thanks again for the advice, everyone!
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Old 09-22-2007, 04:02 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Any fish? What do they do in the wild?
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