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Old 02-09-2014, 11:00 PM   #791
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I've had him since I moved to Seattle. That little Fearless fish has been my buddy on the desk/table for 3yrs now. He's reinvigorated my involvement in the fish keeping hobby...Hence 3 aquariums since.
His rimless pitcher home gets weekly 70% PWCs and has a small sponge filter.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:01 AM   #792
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Yeah i like it! Other people wont i got flack when i told people i kept a rescue from 2 inches of water in a bag to a .7 gallon tank...well, its the fish world....
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But it's not. Bettas don't live in tiny puddles. They live in rice paddies that are shallow, but miles upon miles long. They have an endless supply of fresh, clean water.

Any volume of water under 2.5 gallons is not enough to sustain a waste producing fish such as a betta. The tank can only provide so much room for beneficial bacteria to grow, and that room does not allow for enough bacteria to support the waste produced by a betta.

You are also not taking into account that bettas need filters and heaters, for water flow and a steady temperature. Those things don't fit well in such tiny space. It is also cruel, in my opinion, to not give the betta room to swim and explore.

Your betta might be better off in 0.7 gallons as opposed to 2 inches of water, but not by much. Yes the little tanks and bowls look lovely, but if you want something that looks nice, fill it with plants and put your betta in a more proper set up. They are really beautiful fish and it shows when they are happy and healthy.

Also, to stay on topic with the picture posting, here is a great little site on betta care. She has collected pictures of bettas before and after they were introduced to healthy environments. A few of my guys are on there somewhere. If you have any pictures you would like to see on the site, I think she has her email listed somewhere, or you could PM me and I'll ask her for you. There are some really beautiful boys (and girls!) here. http://k9bather.wix.com/better-betta-care#
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:27 AM   #794
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I know, I've always wanted to give him more space to roam. If you see to the bottom left of one of the pics you'll see a 5g spec in the works. He's going in🌊.
I'm fresh out of rice patties for him to cruise, but he's looking better than the Dixie cup I found him in.
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That's great! He's going to love that space

I'm not trying to attack anyone. I just don't agree that tanks that small are good homes for bettas. I know we can't provide rice paddies for our fish, but the least we can do is create the best environment possible that is close to their natural habitat.

A 5 gallon gives them room to swim, and also provides enough space for a good amount of beneficial bacteria to grow and support the fish. Tanks under 2.5 gallons are impossible to cycle, so are really not acceptable for any living creature. Even a mystery snail would produce too much waste for something that small to handle.
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But it's not. Bettas don't live in tiny puddles. They live in rice paddies that are shallow, but miles upon miles long. They have an endless supply of fresh, clean water.

Any volume of water under 2.5 gallons is not enough to sustain a waste producing fish such as a betta. The tank can only provide so much room for beneficial bacteria to grow, and that room does not allow for enough bacteria to support the waste produced by a betta.

You are also not taking into account that bettas need filters and heaters, for water flow and a steady temperature. Those things don't fit well in such tiny space. It is also cruel, in my opinion, to not give the betta room to swim and explore.

Your betta might be better off in 0.7 gallons as opposed to 2 inches of water, but not by much. Yes the little tanks and bowls look lovely, but if you want something that looks nice, fill it with plants and put your betta in a more proper set up. They are really beautiful fish and it shows when they are happy and healthy.

Also, to stay on topic with the picture posting, here is a great little site on betta care. She has collected pictures of bettas before and after they were introduced to healthy environments. A few of my guys are on there somewhere. If you have any pictures you would like to see on the site, I think she has her email listed somewhere, or you could PM me and I'll ask her for you. There are some really beautiful boys (and girls!) here. http://k9bather.wix.com/better-betta-care#
He is going in a 4g soon
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That's great! I'm sure he'll love it
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Got a new guy today... I felt so bad for him. He's been wasting away in the cup for over a month. His tail's been falling off the entire time. But his colors are great and I can't wait to see him once he colors up and gets his tail back!

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He doesn't even look like the same fish in both of the photos....
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So I wanted to ask y'all a question. How do y'all feel about the baby bettas that are sold unsexed at the pet stores? Good idea or bad?
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