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I almost just killed my snails and ghost shrimp! Got bettas!
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JewelsRCute
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PostPosted: 2003.09.07(Sun)20:52    Post subject: I almost just killed my snails and ghost shrimp! Got bettas! Reply with quote

I bought these algae remover tabs that say on the front SAFE FOR ALL FISH! I read the back and went to put them in but for some reason I read it again. In little teeny tiny letters it said, not for live plants, snails or other invertebrates. May cause death. Ughhh... good thing I read the fine print. But I did put them in my cichlid tank. It said not to use it on fish with soft water either. Geesh!!!! I just bought a pleco tonight to solve the problem.

I also bought two really cute bettas and a double betta hex holder. Very Happy This is what the tank says; when put in close proximity betas are stimulated and show their gills and develop bright colors. Doesn't it stress them out to be near other males because they always want to fight? I guess they just wanted to sell their product... People these days Rolling Eyes But the tank was five bucks, came with gravel, plants, food, removable divider, and conditioning tabs. One fish has a white body then goes to purple fins then into red at the tips very beautiful. The other is blue with yellow stripes through the body and tail with yellow tips of the fins. I was supprised to find such great looking fish at wal-mart. I could tell they had just come in because the water was clear and there was no food or poop on the bottom of the cups they came in. So I'm pretty confident that they are healthy. Very active. They uprooted the plants I put in the tank in like 2 minutes. Oh well.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.08(Mon)10:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

those betta hex things will rapidly kill the bettas through exhaustion, constant flaring uses a hell of a lot of energy, and the betta just cannot stop for fear of losing the duel, so it succumbs to exhaustion and dies.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.08(Mon)11:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I don't know about THAT. I've never seen a betta die of exhaustion from flaring. Usually what happens is that they either get stressed, and succub to disease, or they become apathetic and don't respond anymore.

The real issue with those double hexes is that they are simply too small. They are small, the water quality rapidly becomes poor, and the bettas do get stressed from constantly vying with a rival.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.08(Mon)13:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

What if I bought another hex, removed the divider and just kept one in each tank. Would that be big enough. I used to keep all of my bettas in gallon bowls but I accidently broke them when I was moving them around. I also kept them in my community tanks but they didn't do well there. Ya, I'm looking at them right now and their trying to fight. I fed them ONCE last night about 3 pieces. I woke up and the water is all misty aleady! Mad I get angry because I don't want to change the water and I'm sure the fish don't want to be moved either. What do you guys think?
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PostPosted: 2003.09.08(Mon)13:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even without the divider and with only one betta they are still pretty small as a permanent home, and the water would need to be changed every day, or possibly every other day.

I suggest a 2.5 gallon bowl/tank for each betta, with a nice silk plant or two for lounging. That would still be very economical for you, and you would only have to change the water once a week. I have had two bettas in similar set-ups for over one year and they are very healthy and seem to be happy. I have small heaters in mine but if you have a room with a fairly steady warmish temperature you could get away without one. Hope this helps Smile
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PostPosted: 2003.09.08(Mon)16:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a male in a 3gal ecplise and it looks barley adequate. He looks none to happy after coming from a 10gal by himself.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.08(Mon)16:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my now deceased male bettas started out his life with me in a densely planted 3 gallon tank. He was moved to a 5 gallon, and then to a 20 long.

In the final tank, he seemed the happiest---he'd swim over every inch of the tank, and flared his fins anytime I walked by.
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JewelsRCute
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PostPosted: 2003.09.08(Mon)17:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well my 29 gallon tank is soon going to have labyrinth fish in it so one can go in there. I just don't know what to do with my other one. I have an 18 gallon but it's alredy fully stocked.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.08(Mon)21:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think 1/2 gallon to a gallon is fine for a betta, if you keep up water changes. I wouldn't put them in with other labyrinth fish.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.09(Tue)15:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

a betta is quite frankly a nice fish, and I feel that just because it can be kept in cramp conditions, theres no need to do that. it's like putting a neon in a little jar, sure it can live there, but it's cruel.

thats my opinion, and I stick by it.
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