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Old 11-11-2008, 03:56 PM
Status: "Musing and Amusing" (set 26 days ago)
Location: Georgia
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It's real frustrating!

I do what I am supposed to do. Change the water evry week, leave half the old water, feed them every othr day. Do not overfeed. Still,,,

Maybe I should stop getting them at Wal-Mart? Any thoughts?
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:02 PM
Location: California
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Bettas are pretty hardy. My first guess is that it could be your water. If you have a high chlorine content, even half fresh water could do them in. I use a product called Start Right. It removes the chlorine and chloramine in the water.
Here is website that might help you as well:


I'm not a big fan of the WalMart live pet dept....they really aren't any more expensive at places such as PetCo and PetSmart. And you may even have more of a choice in type and colors.

Up until Hurricane Ike came along, the Betta I had was over 3 yrs old. Then Ike hit and we had no electricity for 10 days and I lost my whole tank full of fish I'm hoping the Betta I have now will do as well as the last!
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Old 11-12-2008, 04:56 PM
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I don't know anything about fish, but I'm sorry you're having that trouble!
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Old 11-16-2008, 07:06 PM
Location: Independence, MO
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Add a sprinkle of aquarium salt to your water. It is good for their slime coat. Do you feed the fish a food made for bettas? They like meat, brine shrimp or blood worms. Both come freeze dried.I worked in a pet store for years and we kept them in cups, changing the water weekly. We mixed the water the night before we planned on changing the water. It would be room temperature when we changed them all out. Adding to the water, salt and chlorine remover. I always prefered Start Right or Tap Water Conditioner. We would mix the water in five gallon buckets.You can over dechlorinate!! So be very careful about any dechlor you may use, don't add too much.
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Old 11-17-2008, 06:20 PM
Location: Historic Springfield
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I had Betas...which have long since gone...and they are difficult to keep. I had one for about 3 years, and just all of a sudden he was gone. They have a very short life span, and there's not much we can do but give them a happy life while with us. Sorry for your loss!!

As for the water, I used distilled (bottled) water only...and used a filter system too...it seemed to keep them healthier for longer
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