in love with bettas...

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by beckers4oranges, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. beckers4orangesValued MemberMember

    i bought some mroe i have a grand total of 5 of them....i will get pictures up later...
  2. EmpPlecoWell Known MemberMember

    i sometimes wish i could buy all the 10 gallon tanks in the world so that I could save all the bettas there ever were :) lol take them all out of those cups -- the betta i have has the cutest personality lol.

    I envy you beckers !!!!!! ::)

  3. chris02_84Valued MemberMember

    i just rescued a betta at walmart....i really didn't want one but my wife liked them alot and i had a cycled 2.5 gallon tank sittin around so....

  4. chickadeeFishlore VIPMember

    A person after my own heart.  I am winning more and more of you over.  (or rather the bettas are)  They make it hard not to love them, don't they?  I wish I had room for more, but I do spoil my two little darlings outrageously.  I know what you mean about the personality.  They will charm you into doing exactly what it they wanted in the first place.  Have fun and send pix when you can.  I can hardly wait.  Masta is so beautiful, I can imagine what your new babies look like.  I have never seen a betta I didn't think was beautiful.   :D


  5. chris02_84Valued MemberMember

  6. chickadeeFishlore VIPMember

    Not me. Mine wouldn't touch 'em. They are finicky eaters and neither one will eat what the other one will. Noel will only eat Hikari Betta Bio-Gold Pellets soaked in garlic juice and pieces of thawed frozen green pea. Marty will not touch any pellets of any kind and turns up his nose most definitely at the peas, he only eats freeze dried bloodworms (also Hikari). I tried to use other brands and other types of food, but no way would they even look at them. Bettas decide what they will eat and they really do not care for variety. They get to like one thing and trying to change them is VERY hard. I believe that they might come close to starving before they would eat what they do not want. You may have to spend a fortune trying to get one finicky betta to find a food he will accept. The best chance is soak each one in garlic juice before you give up on it. It is a great temptation to them. (doesn't work on really hard cases like Marty, the little stinker, though ;) )

  7. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    I peridocialy hatch brine shimp for all my fish as a treat but I know this guy who bought a stand and got ten 7 gallon tanks I think all for bettas, Some day when I get older I promise you Rose that I will have lots of tanks dedicated to bettas. Who can't love them anyways, if you get a big enough tank they are so easy to take care of too and have so much personality.
  8. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    And if we are both still here on this forum which hopefully we will be I will be able to send you pictures, though this summer I might try to convince my mom to let me get a 10 gallon tank and put 3 bettas in it and put it in our newly finished basement. keep your fingers crossed
  9. fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    hopefuly with dividers right
  10. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

  11. chickadeeFishlore VIPMember

    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

    I love the idea of you having 3 bettas. Just please remember if you use dividers that you need to have dividers where they cannot see each other most of the time. If they see each other more than about 10 minutes at a time they become so stressed that it can be very bad for them. I did let Noel and Azul see themselves in the mirror for too long one day and Azul went totally hyper for about half a day. Had me scared to death. He raced about the tank and did crazy flips and ran into the sides of the tank and I was afraid he was going to kill himself. Someone on the forum compared it to having to protect against an intruder 24/7 and being on sensory overload.

    I am not trying to throw cold water on your plans, but you need to know these things before you spend a lot of money and lose your fish because of stress or self-injury.

  12. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Yes I know that but did you know that letting a betta see his reflection periodically is actually healthy for them. :eek:
  13. chickadeeFishlore VIPMember

    yes once in a while for a short time is fine. Mine look at themselves and each other every day but not all the time. I put up a divider between the tanks if the flaring gets to going on for more than 10 minutes. They need to keep their instincts sharp like they would ordinarily but not to the point of making themselves crazy enough to run into the tank walls. In the wild when they get overstimulated they aren't surrounded by walls, they can swim away wildly if they want to because they have the room to do it. In a tank it is different. The little nuts don't know there are limits when they get that worked up. ;) (we love them anyway)


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