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Old 08-22-2013, 06:14 AM   #61
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My betta is in a 5g tank with a 3g filter so the flow don't over power him and he has some stuff to swim around and he's active just as my tropical fish and if u open his tank hell let u pet him his name is triton

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Old 08-22-2013, 12:34 PM   #62
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Hey Andy how hard is it to keep water parameters stable in a half gal?
In my case,it's been very easy over the years. For my fish now, I have them indoors under air conditioned temps so the temp stays stable. ( Bettas can thrive in a varied temp range as long as it's stable.) New water for w/c is kept in a 1 gal container that has had salt added and 2 drops of prime just for the slime action ( I'm on well water so the prime is not for chlorine or chemical removal.) and it sits in the same area the fish are in so the temp of that water is the same as the bowls. Considering that I change water every Wed and Sun., the ammonia level doesn't have a chance to rise high enough to even show on the test kit ( I've run that test with the same results for decades so this was not a once in a lifetime result) so then there is no nitrite or nitrate to be concerned about. I do a 100% water change and my fish show no ill effects as they are basically being put back into the water they came out of.

I will say this however, if your bowl is showing ammonia readings in 2-3 days, it means you are overfeeding your fish which will happen whether they are in a bowl or a tank. My fish are fed 2-3 times per day and are happy and healthy enough that they go from bowl to breeding tank with no extra conditioning required for spawning. So as I say, the bowl is not the problem

Also, if you have chlorine or chloramine in your tap water, it is advisable to set up your water for water changes a day or 2 before you need it so that your chlorine removers have had ample time to work. In the old days, we just put tap water in a can or bucket and used a bubbler and within 48 hours, there was no more chlorine. Now, with chloramines and other things being added to tap water, the longer it sits, the better for the fish.

Hope I've answered your question
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:04 PM   #63
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I have to say I was in a big box store recently and I heard the employees in the fish dept talking. They had orders to do a major reset and the one employee was saying how if they move the goldies they will die in 82 degree water. At least she knew that goldfish don't have the same temp requirements as tropical fish!
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:08 PM   #64
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I have to say I was in a big box store recently and I heard the employees in the fish dept talking. They had orders to do a major reset and the one employee was saying how if they move the goldies they will die in 82 degree water. At least she knew that goldfish don't have the same temp requirements as tropical fish!
Thank god lol most ppl don't understand the care needs its sad
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When I went to the store to get my first betta they had the little 1/2 gallon tanks right under the bettas. So I bought one not realizing it.( it was my first tank). Bu I ended up going back and buying him a ten gallon which for the tank was the same price as the little bowl. Then I bought him a heater, filter, rocks, and plants. He has been happy for about 3 months now. ( I feel like a hero by saving bettas from the little cups)
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:18 PM   #66
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Currently petsmart is having a sale on their 5.5 gallons for pet perk card holders. It's a 40$ tank for $20 bucks! I picked one up for one of my babies
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When I sold Bettas I recommended 2.5g tanks minimum in part because for newbies it's easier to keep it clean and stable. I've kept Bettas in 2g bowls. I don't like tiny containers as I want the water to stay clean. My last 2 Bettas ? One went from a 1.5g bowl to a 10g filtered tank and one went from a 1.5g bowl to a 5.5g tank. All had live plants and gentle filtration on the tanks.

In the winter I'd move my Bettas into my room and used an oil filled radiator to heat my birds and fish. My Bettas quit eating at about 67f ? If they stopped eating I warmed them up.

My oldest Betta lived to 6yrs or more. Most of mine have averaged 5 yrs. and yes I do use Indian Almond Leaves in my Shrimp and Betta tanks.

For newbies, tanks are just easier IMHO. If they miss a water change, the fish has a better chance at living.

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Can you keep one in a community tank?
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My betta lives in a 5gal. I took the filter out (the flow was too strong) and added a heater. I planned to put another filter in, but ended up getting some live plants instead to keep his water oxygenated. He's about 5 now....getting to be an old man!

Mine goes on "patrol" all day, swimming around and exploring his tank. When he hears someone coming, he rushes up and flares, dancing, begging for food.

It's so sad that they are misunderstood and abused; in the right conditions, they have such great personalities. I work at a fish store, and people often complain that bettas are boring when i suggest one for the 5 gal they bought. I tell them that if they were forced to live in a closet-sized room with just a toilet and food, they probably would not be very interesting to watch either
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Depends on the Betta. Some, yes...some, no.

Peaceful Bettas are sometimes nipped by other fish and sometimes have to be isolated due to over eating and constipation issues from over eating.




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