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        11-24-2012, 05:19 PM
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    Green Broke
    So..the freeze-dried blood worms and two other things aren't good to feed in their diet daily?
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        11-24-2012, 05:43 PM
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    Yearling
    Freeze dried foods are worthless nutritionally and can lead to bloat.

    As far as divided tanks are concerned, bettas are the bats of the aquatic world. The can get over, under, or through just about any divider. Additionally, the slow moving water and higher temps bettas prefer also means tanks are more prone to illness, and instead of one sick betta you'll hade a tank full.
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        11-24-2012, 05:45 PM
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    Green Broke
    Ahh..I don't have a hole in my divider though, and there's a lid on it.
    But, good to know about the freeze-dried food, I'll pick up some flakes or pellets tonight too.
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        11-24-2012, 05:46 PM
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    Yearling
    Oh and even though bettas can survive in lower temps, they really do best at 80*F. Do keep in mind that your water will be a couple degrees cooler than the air temp.
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        11-24-2012, 05:47 PM
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    Green Broke
    Alright, I'll make sure I get that when I get paid next.(:
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        11-24-2012, 06:18 PM
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    Green Broke
    ITA with nickelodeon on the tips for good set ups for bettas. Unfortunately, the popularity of "betta bowls" have lead to the misconception that bettas are best kept in that way - while they can survive such a set-up, to truly THRIVE their needs need to be better met. Filtration (or the lack there of) is my biggest peeve when it comes to betta keeeping. I'm big on wanting my pets, of any type, to thrive and be in the best possible condition possible.
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        11-24-2012, 07:39 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Everything that has been mentioned is great advice! In my opinion, I think 2.5 gal tanks are a good size for bettas but everyone has their own opinions. I have two in 2.5s, and a 10 gal. I have 3 more coming from Thailand that will be in 5s and a 2. Definitely look into a good pellet for them. I've been told the pellets that sink are good because they are less likely to cause bloat. Mine are on New Life Spectrum pellets, and although expensive, are higher quality than the ones at the chain pet stores but there are lots of other options.

    Good luck with them and please post pictures when you can!! :)
         
        11-25-2012, 02:52 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    I have pictures! I gotta upload them when I get to the computer though. ;; I also added one other Betta..I went for a half-moon female and saw a beautiful crowntail male..I couldn't pass him up, lol.
    So, I'm at 5 right now and I'll be getting an apartment soon and investing in proper tanks. I have Zoro (new one), Iggy, Jeremiah, Andre, and my only female, Chantilly.(:
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        11-25-2012, 04:47 PM
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    Yearling
    When I worked at a pet store I learned a good rule of thumb. 1 gallon per 1 inch of fish (so a 2.5 inch fish, adult size, would require 2.5 gallons). I always liked to have huge tanks for my fishies though XD

    And goldfish owners...oh my god. Especially when they're getting feeder goldfish.
    "They don't need filters" ...yes they do.
    "Good thing they're cheap cause they die quickly" ...cause most people don't care for goldfish properly. A goldfish with proper care, even feeders, can live up to 40 years...
         
        11-25-2012, 05:53 PM
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    Green Broke
    Well, my bettas won't be in their small tanks without filters for long. I am cleaning the tank thoroughly each week though while they're in them..so I think that's decent enough for them until I can have some more room for nice sized tanks. I have tanks I'm looking at that have undergravel filters and LED lights so they can get the 12/12 hours of light/dark.

    Question though..do the gravel filters work with the finer, sand like gravel?
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