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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.
Here is how to care for them:
They love to eat dried bloodworms. Mine eat about 5 times a day, about six worms at a time. I supplement the food with other fish food too, but they love the worms the most.
This is so funny, they wag their fins when they see you coming to feed them. They like you to talk to them and they love to be in the center of activity so they can watch what is going on. I taped a mirror on the side of the tank, and it makes the fish feel he is not alone. He doesn't fight it, he loves it. He has learned to not jump into the tank after I have cleaned it. He goes right up to the edge of the bowl and looks but won't jump.
We love animals at our house. We have one betta, lovingly named Mr. Red, who lives in our bathroom. We recently decided to buy two more bettas, and keep them in the kitchen. They are interesting fish, and very easy to to take care of. They need water which is not cool, but lukewarm, or as I call it, neither hot or cold, in these tanks. They like to be talked to and interacted with. Here is how we take care of and house our bettas in our home.
Total Time: 15 minutes
For many years I thought that Bettas had to be kept in a tank all by themselves, because they would fight with any other fish that was in there with them. I want to clear that up.
I have a pet betTa fish, named Nemo, who loves to look at colorful things. His food jar has a picture of a betta fish which he loves. He will get mad and swim frantically if the fish food jar is not put back just right. Just recently I put a frozen dinner cardboard empty container where he could see it.
I found this video on youtube.com and it was great. I wanted to share it with all of you who are interested in Bettas. This video goes over how not to house them in those "death bowls", what kind of plants and fish not to use with them, and other important things, like water conditioner and such.
By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN
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Do beta fight other fish?
Kara from Lexington
Yes Beta fish are extremely territorial. Don't put them in the same tank! They are also cannibals and will eat their own kind. In the wild they live in separate pockets in corals their whole life seldom coming into contact with any other Beta fish. The way they multiply is like this the female lays the eggs in one place the Beta males all fight for the right to contribute to the eggs. The one left standing and alive is the one that spawns the future fish. Another pocket is set aside for the mother fish. The eggs mature on their own and never come into contact with the mother fish ever again in their life. One fish per tank sorry!
yes, beta fish will attack, fight and kill even larger fish. they should not be placed in a tank with slower moving fish or the slower swimming fish will starve b/c the beta will be too quick and eat all the food. they should also be the only beta in a tank as they will fight each other. they're in the goldfish catagory, very hearty, but very dirty. they like cooler temperatures than tropicals. they also will jump right out of the tank if you don't have a lid. i lost one that way. very pretty though. if you hold up a mirror they'll get all agitated at their reflection b/c they think it's another beta.
When we were at the pet store they had two glass fish bowls sitting side by side each with a beta in it. They were fighting , charging to the glass at each other. They weren't even in the same tank but were still trying to get to the other one. They like a hermit life style. lol
Male Beta fish will fight and kill other male Beta fish and will do so wih female Beta fish after they are done breeding with them BUT they are fine with other fish that are NOT agressive. If a Beta fish is placed with another type of fish with aggressive tendencies (such as a gourami) they will actually attack the Beta! They will tear at the Beta's fins, chase him and ultimately kill him.
I had Beta's off and on for years and have had them both solitary and also in an aquarium with other docile fish....both scenarios worked fine.
I have one female beta (red) in with fancy guppys and they all seem to get along fine.
I was trying to find out out guppys breed, but they don't seem to need instructions, I noticed there are several strings with eyes lol
I have two in one tank, purchased them for my kids. We noticed that the dark female is kicking fin on the pale female. The pale female is hiding and cannot get any food. Obviously we have to remove them but why the heck did the pet store tell me that two females in one tank is simply not a problem?
To debbi in sc: beta hate cooler temperatures actually... because they ARE tropical fish. They flourish in warm water. They're fairly clean fish. There aren't any fish who compare as far as filth when you're talking about goldfish. And to the dad who had two female betas: The petstore told me that too. But I only purchased one beta female. I put a mirror up to the glass and at first I got no response- but then her little gill flaps fanned out and she was ready to attack. I think it just depends on the fish. A woman I know had a beta for years in a tank with several goldfish mollies. Apparently he knew he was the prettiest in the tank. Lol. This is winter- she makes a terrific roommate at school.
I thought my blue beta was aggressive until i got a purple one. The color doesn't seem to contribute to the agrressiveness at all. It was funny though - they fan their tails up every time they see each other in separate tanks. The purple one actually chases my large white goldfish during water changes (they are not kept together) - because both fish are very aggressive. The white goldish use to boss everyone around until he met purple beta. Now, Tanker (my large white golfish) runs away from Hunter (purple beta) - it's so cool! I think Beta's are fascinating and very beautiful for fresh water fish. They also seem to have a sarcastic personality - like - my owner is such an idiot and they just stare at you. I really think they are a great fish.
I have a plecostmus (catfish/tank cleaner). My BETA has killed two (2) plecostmus? Can anyone help because I do need a tank cleaner. Thanks
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Your Pet's Age
This male Betta fish is smaller than most, but I don't know the age.
Your Pet's Breed
How and when did you get your pet?
He looked like he could use a helping hand, so I brought him home.
What does your pet like to do for fun?
For the first few weeks, he tried to hide away from everyone. I bought him this little fish house from Walmart, and now he is happier and comes out more.
Do you have anything else to share about your pet?
He is probably going to be much more relaxed after a couple more weeks go by. He is adorable, but doesn't like posing for pictures ;)