I have to mention what good pets Bettas make. They are the fighting fish you buy in the little jars at the pet store. Of course, they need bigger bowls to be happy, like a goldfish bowl or a little bitty tank you can buy for a couple of bucks at Walmart, about the size of a margarine container.
You're so cute !!!
I have to tell you a couple of things ...
First, putting the mirror up is not company for a Betta ;-) You most likely have a male (that's what the majority of the stores sell) and seeing another male Betta puts them in a fighting mode and that's why their gills puff up ;-) (Betta's are also known as Siamese Fighting Fish) ... Anyway, one word of caution !!! Never, ever put two male Betta's in one bowl or tank because they'll fight to the death :-o Even if it's a female you place with a male you need to remove the female as soon as her eggs have been layed or else she'll eat them ... It's the male who cares for the eggs and once they hatch you have to take him away from them, too !!! Have you ever noticed how your Beta makes little bubbles in his home at the top of his bowl/tank ??? That's how they keep the eggs afloat until they hatch ... They place a bubble around each individual egg ... It's sort of like a womb :-)
As for the water getting dirty quickly. it's probably because of over feeding rather than the Beta being adult size ...
It's so nice to see someone who loves all the critters that you do :-)
Thank you, I have enjoyed the fish immensely, and every time I move him from the kitchen he pouts.
He is so adorable. I moved him to a bigger tank and he pouted until I put it back into the tank with a mirror on it. It is a female, by the shape of the fins and the tail, but the biggest one I have ever seen.
I have always thought they were the smartest of the fish. I would never put two males together, my fish just floats by the mirror and admires itself...lol. If it ever got upset I would remove it I don't want to see it fight. It is such a wonderful pet. To make a correction, the tank at walmart is bigger than a butter container, it is more like a half of a shoe box. It is plastic and sells for 4.50. It has a top that keeps breaking but it is a great deal and the fish loves it so much. I have heard you can put two females together but the tanks are so small I would hesitate to put two in the tank I have.
Lots of fishy love to all the fishies, Robyn
I love my Betta! Z is so sociable which I never expected. I am terrible about taking care of him but he doesn't mind when his water gets low and scummy. But he is so happy when he gets new water. My cat sits on the floor and looks up at him and it is like they are talking. I thank my on for using Betta's as part of their junior prom decor. That was four years ago and I am loving this fish all the more every day!
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