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Today i walked by the bettas and cold not resist The store must have just gotten there stock in because they had a lot of them. Way better health by the looks of it to compared to my other LFS. They even had little cutings of live plants in with them and they where not in the little cups but in little betta baracts (cant spell) So i had to get one. This is my little guy what do you think?

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I with i could have goten a better pic of him but o well.

The store also had little females. this is my first time seing them by me. THey where less than an inch i would have goten one but they where to small for the food i have. its the little pelits. NO idea what you feed bettas that size
 

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You must mean betta barracks.

Well you have a healthy looking fish, I hope you enjoy having him.
 

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The little ones are fed baby pellets (something like Atison's Betta Pro by Ocean Nutrition) and such small foods that are tiny enough for their tiny little mouths. I fed Misty those when I first got her because she was so tiny.

You have a lovely Betta and it sounds like he came from a store that values its stock. They sound like they take care of their Bettas pretty well. It may be that you have a healthy happy little fellow who will do very well for you. I sure hope so. He is gorgeous. I didn't catch his name, or does he have one? We like to address them by name if possible, as Bettas do develop personalities very quickly and need a name to be called by so they feel like a "person". They are much closer to their humans than you will imagine and it will be so much fun to see him develop.

He is a great looking boy, congratulations!

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Thanks every one My little guy will not be geting a name till he has been with me for a week. This way i can get to know him

Ill see if he eats tomorow hopefully as i will not be feeding him tonight. I was wondering if bettas eat peas? my mollies and platies love them but i dont know if bettas should eat them
 

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Oh yes, get your betta used to eating peas! Bettas are prone to constipation and it is a very good idea to get them used to having a treat of peas at least a couple times a week. It is also a good time to spend some quality time with them as (at least with mine) I always handfeed the small pieces to them and make them chew each one before offering the next. That is not a bad idea with pellets too as they have a tendency to swallow their food whole if it is just thrown in the tank. They gobble instead of chewing and become quite plugged up and in need of help (the famous pea) to get cleaned out. The peas should always be a treat though not a meal UNLESS the fish is constipated, then you should quit feeding the pellets or other fish food and give them nothing but peas for at least 24 hours and maybe longer until they can work the pellets or what ever is in their system out. I know they will make you feel like a very bad parent but it is necessary as many Bettas have died of constipation and it is definitely no joke where they are concerned. It is up to us to see that they have what they need. He may turn up his nose at them for the first time they are offered but perhaps a day of fasting will give him a different outlook. Once he has tried them he will most certainly love them. I know all of mine did. The trick is to get them to try them. Just don't offer their own food for a meal or two and keep offering the peas. He will eat them when he is hungry.

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Well i gave him his pelits this morning and get gobled them up realy quick. I also put in a cut up pea. It looks like he nibled on it but he has not eaten it all. He is realy active but im afrade he is not geting enough light. The tank he is in does not have a light and if im not in my room the lights are not on. I opened my blinds but as i face the rong way i dont get sunlight (only in the early morning). If you have any sugestions about lighting pleas tell me thanks

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Here is what I did for my unlighted tank until I could get a better tank.  They will work quite well as a permanent light as well.



I had both the Galaxy Light and the Galaxy light II and preferred the Galaxy Light (the one that is green in the picture) as it has more of a length to it and is more easily adjustable.  Just be careful how tight you turn the screw onto the tank as the connection is plastic and will break.  I had to crazy glue mine a couple of times but they do repair quite easily.  Replacement bulbs are available but cost almost as much as a new light so I just bought a new light.  They put out enough light for the tank to be well lighted and I had real plants in mine and they did well.  I would recommend about 10 hours of light per day to maintain a good immune system due to production of Vitamin D needing light to keep a good level in their system.

Hope this helps.  (these lights are available other places but for more money.  Unless you can find something like them in your local fish store I would order them from the above vendor.)

Oh and about the peas, you cannot just put a piece of pea in the tank. You should put a tiny piece on a plastic spoon or the tip of your finger and let him eat it off of there. He will not touch food once it hits the bottom of the tank unless he is a very unusual Betta. Also make sure the chunks are very tiny like half the size of his eye cut in a couple of pieces or he cannot get them into his mouth. He is not going to take a bite out of one and chew it up, their mouths are not made for that kind of eating. I know that this will take time, but it is kind of nice to spend time with them and believe me the more of this type of quality time you spend with him the more personality he will develop. He will not bite you and even if you get a small nip he will not draw blood and you will hardly feel it. I have never with all of my Bettas come even close to being bitten and Marty attacks his food most vigorously.

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ok thanks I have a light kinda like that ill go dig it out annd see if it still worls and put that near him for know
 
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