Good place to buy Bettas in Melbourne?


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Kesh88

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Unfortunately I now have to buy 2 new bettas after mine passed away :'-(

I got my first, Kiedis, from my local fish store, he was almost 4 when he died (assuming he was 6 months when I got him). However, I went into the same store a couple of weeks back and the bettas looked in terrible shape. When I got Kiedis he was swimming around in a nice big tank with some smaller fish.

I'd consider buying online but really want to see the fish first. New Life and Nature Aquariums were recommended to me but the staff at New Life were rude to me when I enquired about a sick fish, and Nature is the wrong side of the city for me.

I got my second fish Bowie from Coburg Aquarium. He lived just over a year (died from some kind of bacterial infection). I got my third, Floyd from Pet Barn Watergardens but he died after six weeks (either from a parasite or bacterial infection or stress) :-(

I said I'd never at Coburg or Pet Barn after that but maybe I should give them another chance? Any recommendations for a good place to buy Bettas in Melbourne's north western suburbs?
 

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I ended up making a trip to New Life Aquarium after work and picking up these two...

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Very pretty especially the blonde one
 

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Sorry I couldn't help, I live nowhere near Melbourne. But I love your new bettas!! They're both very pretty

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I'm pleased to report that both Bettas are happily exploring their new homes and they ate this morning.

I've decided to call the white one Frost. He's been flaring at himself in the glass, trying to eat pond snails and exploring his tube decoration.

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I've called the crowntail Nebula (probably end up as Neb for short). He's proved a little harder to get pictures of. He's quite a lot smaller than Frost and is in a slightly bigger tank so is harder to find. So far he's been working out how he can catch a Red Cherry Shrimp (there are several generations of them in his tank, I've lost count of how many individuals) and patrolling his new home.

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Every now and then I lose sight of him, I think he's exploring gaps in the driftwood and going deep into the plants to hunt shrimp, I hope he doesn't get himself stuck somewhere!
 
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I'm sorry for the loss of your original bettas. You have certainly gotten some lovely new fish! What sized tanks are they in? Neb might be a little bit younger, it could explain the difference in size. I like the contrast between the blue and the red. Frost is so sheer-looking, lovely. He looks like a Dumbo betta, is that what he was sold as? I have 2 betta tanks with shrimp companions, and I also think they both might be secretly hunting them when I'm not around as for some reason I have to keep replacing the shrimps in each tank! I've never been to Melbourne, but it is on my bucket list of places to visit.
 

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Thanks. Frost is in a 26 litre tank with some hitchhiking pond snails, Nebula is in a 30 litre tank with my RCS. The tank that Frost is in still needs to cycle (I had to tear it down and disinfect everything when Floyd died) but I'm testing the water every day and will do water changes as needed. Both tanks are heated, planted and have sponge filter.
 

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I love the pics of Frost in his little pipes. So cute

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He's a bit cute isn't he. I hate to play favourites but I think he might be mine! I get the feeling he won't stay white now though, I'm sure I can see some blue peeking through his scales...
 

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That's so fun! I love watching the colors change as they get healthier. I'm sure he'll stay gorgeous no matter what color shows!

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