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Old 06-25-2014, 12:58 PM   #91
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Stop betta abuse !!!

If it's a 20gallon tank then it should have plenty of places to hide from the current and he will be fine.


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Old 08-17-2014, 03:30 PM   #92
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Stop betta abuse !!!

Sadly when I first bought my betta my only choice of tank was a small one gallon, I'd read that they could live in one but knew it could not be happy in there. My betta was surviving in its tank but most certainly not living. After showing my parents that state of its tiny tank we went out and bought a real tank with heater, filter, lighting, live plants and plenty of space to swim and hide. I now have a lovely community fish tank with my betta, two African dwarf frogs, a bumblebee snail and a small shoal of bandit corydoras. I also made a point to condition the water and feed my fish with frozen blood worms and couldn't be happier with my choice. What started as a guilty conscience has turned into my new hobby and I am now looking at setting up another tank.


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I would just like to add to those that say their betta is scared of a big tank, mine was at first, I just planted the tank a little more and now he rules the tank!
Also, here in the uk a major pet store is "pets at home" who refuse to sell a fish to an unsuitable tank condition and most people will not go out of their way to lie about a tank just to purchase some fish. Great way of informing newbie owners like myself.
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:43 PM   #93
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what a GREAT story!
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Old 08-17-2014, 11:00 PM   #94
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You might be interested in this piece. basic betta care 101
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:06 AM   #95
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The only way to stop the abuse is to BOYCOTT all pet shops that sell betas in little cups and also give misinformation to the masses. If betas were only sold by breeders who would then give the correct information, that would reduce the abuse. I see a lot of "I saved him from petsmart" types of posts here, as I love betas and went through the ENTIRE "show off" beta thread yesterday. You are not saving them. You are supporting the very people we need to stop. Petsmart type places will not change until they see it as a way of loosing customers and money. Then they will change the way they do things and the type of info they give out. But too often salespeople will say what you want t hear so you will buy (I recently went through this too) Sadly, too many humans have no regard for the "other people" we share this planet with.
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:52 AM   #96
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You might be interested in this piece. basic betta care 101

I see what people mean about they can survive in these conditions, mine did. However many people believe that if you can put them in a real aquarium then you should. When I first tried to set up my community tank my betta made it very difficult but with perseverance I finally made it work and my betta is much more active now and behaving "normally". Many everyday people who use the small bowls will leave the betta in a corner, feeding it a bland diet with no heater or interaction to speak of. These fish are such characters it seems a shame to limit them.


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Old 08-18-2014, 06:55 AM   #97
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The only way to stop the abuse is to BOYCOTT all pet shops that sell betas in little cups and also give misinformation to the masses. If betas were only sold by breeders who would then give the correct information, that would reduce the abuse. I see a lot of "I saved him from petsmart" types of posts here, as I love betas and went through the ENTIRE "show off" beta thread yesterday. You are not saving them. You are supporting the very people we need to stop. Petsmart type places will not change until they see it as a way of loosing customers and money. Then they will change the way they do things and the type of info they give out. But too often salespeople will say what you want t hear so you will buy (I recently went through this too) Sadly, too many humans have no regard for the "other people" we share this planet with.

Here in the uk I am happy to say I have never seen a fish sold they way they do in America. If I'm honest I was appalled when I knew that betas are on a shelf in cups! The smallest tank I have seen a betta in here is a mini tank which is still heated and filtered or a small plastic box which is attached to the inside of a big aquarium to stop the fish from becoming aggressive but still allows them the water quality and food needed.


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Old 08-18-2014, 12:27 PM   #98
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My betta, Big Red, a red crowntail lives in a 2 gal bubble bowl on my kitchen counter under a 4 ft. florescent light, with a basal plant next to him. He has about a 14 inch piece of cabomba, a good sized marimo moss ball, and riccia, and water spangles floating on top and a small piece of hornwort. He gets fed pellets twice a day and on water change days he has frozen bloodworms for breakfast and supper the day before and again on the morning before the water change. I am in the kitchen a lot and he loves to keep me company and watch everything I do, and follow my finger around the bowl. He takes the pellets out of my fingers. He is a great little fish....Alison
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I'm sorry to say I keep my betta in a 0.5 gallon +5gallons ;3 I love bettas they were one of my first fish my oldest one was only 2 1/2 years old though but long live the bettas in great homes!!



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Hey Andy the only thing I would change about that link would be the once a week water change. I can't help thinking about them sitting in their urea for a week. Thanks for that advice you gave me an age ago. I never did thank you.
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