They ARE different!
They have BIG personalities.
Their voluptuous fins make them more susceptible to disease.
They appear antisocial but they NEED companionship.
They CAN be housed in units.
They love people!
And they love to spar with other Betta.
Nick, you are talking to someone with big hair. With daughters with big hair.
I raised Old English Sheepdogs for 24 years. I have groomed horses.
You don't keep hair, fins, whatever, long with wear and tear.
Unless you put your Betta's fins in crackers, they WILL be damaged, just with moving about.
I think everyone has seen photos of and heard about most of my fish...
Dragging big fins, big hair, big anything around will result in breakage... after a while.
These fish do NOT live in an aquarium, long term!
I DO NOT KEEP MY BETTA IN UNITS TO PRESERVE FINS!!!
Do you keep the Betta that you use as an avatar in a large aquarium?
Please post a photo of him today.
(This is addressed to Bubbles and Fins)
No, water in our well-balanced aquariums is never pristine.
My boys spar, sleep, dance together. Totally different behaviours to what you see in a...
Sorry, I had an errand to run.
The most beneficial thing we can give our fish is fresh water! My Betta get the cleanest water possible.
All that cleaning ensures that, lol.
Betta also love to explore. Mine get that too!
My Betta are very healthy. They get the best of both.
Now, I really don't...
I am merely offering my model as one that works... great!
I am not saying it would work for you. It requires quite a bit of attention.
It would be easier for me to leave my boys in bigger tanks but I can see it works better utilising their own home units.