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Old 08-02-07, 02:12 PM
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Just got a beta (fish).

I just got a beta fighting fish. These are so cool, I figure it will help teach me responsibility, -having another living creature that is utterly dependent on me for it's survival. Although, I believe you can go weeks w/o feeding them or changing the water (if you need to leave it while on vacation or something).





I found one of ^these to hold it, and bought a plant for it too. I am now a 'pet owner.' I figure in two or three years time when this fish dies I will be able to get a black lab or something. Anyways, anybody else own a beta? Any advice?
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When does it go live (Alpha)?
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Yeah, don't put other fish in with them.....they aren't called "Fighting Fsh" for no reason. I had one when I was a kid and it killed a Silver Dollar Piranha!
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Fish are fragile, small changes seem to really screw with them. I never do know why they die, just turn up floaing on top or lying on the bottom.

Just lost a beta, but he lived longer than anything else that we have tried in the tank. Right now we have three guppies in there.

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Beta fish = Hard to kill.
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Yeah, don't put other fish in with them.....they aren't called "Fighting Fsh" for no reason. I had one when I was a kid and it killed a Silver Dollar Piranha!
My beta left the other two fish alone, but we were cautioned not to put another beta in there.
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You should get a cat to keep them company.
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Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siamese_fighting_fish

Hopefully thats the right Beta, apparently there are 60ish species to choose from.
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Originally Posted by red house View Post
I just got a beta fighting fish. These are so cool, I figure it will help teach me responsibility, -having another living creature that is utterly dependent on me for it's survival. Although, I believe you can go weeks w/o feeding them or changing the water (if you need to leave it while on vacation or something).





I found one of ^these to hold it, and bought a plant for it too. I am now a 'pet owner.' I figure in two or three years time when this fish dies I will be able to get a black lab or something. Anyways, anybody else own a beta? Any advice?
My sister-in-law gets beta fish from time to time. I looked them up once, and IIRC, they're natively found in little puddles and they're super aggressive. You might notice that if you get close to the bowl, the fish will puff up himself up.

Anyways, care for them is particularly easy, from what I understand. I don't believe you have to feed them if you put them in their bowl with a plant. Because of their native environment, I do'nt think you even have to clean the bowl, although my sister-in-law is quite neurotic, and cleaned it out at least once a week.
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What color is the new fish, red house? Does he/she have a name?
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What color is the new fish, red house? Does he/she have a name?

blue.. no name yet. Like all of my previous pet's, I'm going to wait for seven days before naming it.. if it is still alive after one week I will give it a name and make it family.
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Originally Posted by Shadiyah View Post
You should get a cat to keep them company.

I just now went across the street to the pet store and bought their last 'dwarf frog' - they are a tiny (less than 1 cm) version of those big African aquatic frogs. Hopefully they'll make good friends.. if not, they'll probably fight to the death.
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Originally Posted by red house View Post
blue.. no name yet. Like all of my previous pet's, I'm going to wait for seven days before naming it.. if it is still alive after one week I will give it a name and make it family.
Might I suggest a name? Le Vengeur Bleu, or Blue for short!

By the way, it means The Blue Avenger, good name for a fighting fish
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How about Sacre or Cheese? Both are fitting.
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Originally Posted by red house View Post
blue.. no name yet. Like all of my previous pet's, I'm going to wait for seven days before naming it.. if it is still alive after one week I will give it a name and make it family.
I'm going to do this with my children.
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Originally Posted by red house View Post
I just now went across the street to the pet store and bought their last 'dwarf frog' - they are a tiny (less than 1 cm) version of those big African aquatic frogs. Hopefully they'll make good friends.. if not, they'll probably fight to the death.
Awesome. Sounds like a win/win situation! For you, anyway.
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I want to hear about when it goes alpha as well.

It's actually "Betta" as in Betta Splendens, not beta. They are quite hardy, as they have a special breathing apparatus called a labyrinth. This allows them to draw air from the surface of the water, which is what allows them to survive in small puddles. They are rarely as aggressive as people believe. I've never had a problem keeping one in a community tank with tetras and the like. The males will attack each other, but not always. Sometimes they'll flare up when they are shown a mirror, but don't leave one in the cube, it's kinda stressful. Females aren't commonly found in pet stores, they are considerably smaller and much less colorful than the males, so they aren't popular. They frog should be fine.
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Originally Posted by BananaTugger View Post
Beta fish = Hard to kill.
So I thought. We cared for our neighbor's while they were on vacation. Actually i just fed them once as per there instructions. When they got back it was dead. I'm sure they think i poisoned it or something.
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If you want some fun, get a two Guppies a week (like 2$) from the pet store and let the beta tear them apart. Its better than National Geographic.
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If you want some fun, get a two Guppies a week (like 2$) from the pet store and let the beta tear them apart. Its better than National Geographic.
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If you want some fun, get a two Guppies a week (like 2$) from the pet store and let the beta tear them apart. Its better than National Geographic.

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Originally Posted by twahl View Post
I want to hear about when it goes alpha as well.

It's actually "Betta" as in Betta Splendens, not beta. They are quite hardy, as they have a special breathing apparatus called a labyrinth. This allows them to draw air from the surface of the water, which is what allows them to survive in small puddles. They are rarely as aggressive as people believe. I've never had a problem keeping one in a community tank with tetras and the like. The males will attack each other, but not always. Sometimes they'll flare up when they are shown a mirror, but don't leave one in the cube, it's kinda stressful. Females aren't commonly found in pet stores, they are considerably smaller and much less colorful than the males, so they aren't popular. They frog should be fine.

Yeah, the dwarf aquatic frog is only about the size of my thumb nail - but he seems to be able to hold his own. They've had it out many times and I'm not sure if either has really established their dominance of the cube yet. They do keep each really active and excited, much more interesting to watch. They made me think of two convicts who have just been put in the same cell together, only so far neither has suceeded in making the other his *****.


And I got a .99 guppy, - they both just bullied and picked on it for a while until it found itself a nice sheltered crevace at the bottom and died.. kind of anti-climatic, and cruel.
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My advice is "Don't let it run out of water".
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At last count I have 7 of them. Crown bettas. And when I get done with my housesitting next weekend - I'm going to try my hand at breeding my dark blue female with my new all black fish (one in pic). And if that's successful - then I'm making the big jump and purchasing a pair ($25-$50 per fish) from a breeder I located in PA.

I generally change the water about every 2 weeks - more if they aren't eating well and there's missed food at the bottom. They Love frozen blood worms. Have a big red fish who has stuck around for more than 4 years, impressive. I do have a piece of saran wrap over the top that covers about 3/4 of the area - to keep dust, etc out.



I'm personally looking for a double crown tail betta - and either yellow or purple. Like this (pic for color only) ...


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