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Betta Fish!

While me and my Fiance were at the pet store today we were looking at all of the animals and there was a special on where if you bought a Marina Betta tank you got a free Male Betta with it.

My Fiance bought me a Betta fish. He's so cute.

His name is Titan, keeping with our new Greek theme. :P The name was my Fiance's idea.

Currently he'll be living in just a couple gallon tank for a while but I want to buy a 5 gallon Fluval Edge tank eventually! They're just really expensive so I'll have to save up.

Anyways, here is the little guy.



And his house. (There is saran rap on top for now so that he doesn't jump out. It has holes poked in it)




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Very pretty spade tail betta you've got there. Where I grew up in Vietnam we used to keep bettas in jars, so your tank seems like a mansion. I have 1 cambodian plakat female betta at the moment and she's living in a fish tank because I now live in UK.

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Thank-you, I love him! He's so pretty.
I've wanted a Betta forever but he is my first.
I can't wait to get a tank for him. I think I'm going to research what other fish can live with Bettas too as I know that I can't keep more than one together.



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So pretty, I love betta's I can't even tell you how many I've had over the years and my Mom's into them as well.

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Thank-you very much! I absolutely love their fins, and I love how RED my new little guy is! He reminds me of a Chinese Dragon because of his color.



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He is such a cutie pie!! I love his long fins 2 bettas can't stay together?

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He is such a cutie pie!! I love his long fins 2 bettas can't stay together?
No two betta will fight and kill each other if kept in the same tank, even the females cannot be safely tanked together... to bad as a tank full of different colors and tail types of bettas would look awesome!!!

Beautiful little fish!
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No two betta will fight and kill each other if kept in the same tank, even the females cannot be safely tanked together... to bad as a tank full of different colors and tail types of bettas would look awesome!!!

Beautiful little fish!
Exactly!

Oh, and I agree, a tank full of Bettas would be wonderful.

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A tank full would be great, but you could do what I did years ago, get a bunch of hectagon shaped tanks and stack about 25 to 30 of them 2 high and make a betta wall
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I was at walmart yesterday and stopped to look at the betta... nice thing to see was the water was clean nad the fish looked real good... EXCEPT , who ever had cleaned them last had filled the dishes to the brim and at least 4-5 ( along the front of the display ) had drowned... I reported it to a manager and explained why they needed surface air.. she went to take care of it right away... but sad a bunch had to die before they learned proper care.
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I love bettas! I wish I could get another one, but I seem to have bad luck with them. They always die on me, not sure why...
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Oh no, poor little fishies
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Thank-you, I love him! He's so pretty.
I've wanted a Betta forever but he is my first.
I can't wait to get a tank for him. I think I'm going to research what other fish can live with Bettas too as I know that I can't keep more than one together.
He is stunning! I love his coloring.

- You can house bettas and other fish together however several considerations must be made
- Fish/tropical fish have varying levels of aggression
- Tiger barbs, cichlid, etc are considered aggressive.
- Aggressive fish cannot be housed with bettas due to the bettas fins motion setting off the prey/aggressive instinct in the other fish. Bettas will be tattered or killed easily
- They can be housed with non-aggressive fish however caution must also be taken there as the fins of other fish can set off the betta. I housed mine with guppies and tetras

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He is such a cutie pie!! I love his long fins 2 bettas can't stay together?
- They can however it is to be avoided to house males together. Females can be housed together with a proper introduction and the proper size tank

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No two betta will fight and kill each other if kept in the same tank, even the females cannot be safely tanked together... to bad as a tank full of different colors and tail types of bettas would look awesome!!!
Beautiful little fish!
Depending on the size tank and the individual bettas you can house them together however it takes careful planning



Do beware when you buy the tank - filters have a tendency to be too strong for a betta's increased plumage, they easily struggle to swim against the current, are easily snagged in the filter intake and usually require a typical filter to be wrapped to slow it down. Take this into consideration when choosing your tank and filter.

Stunning fish! He is very handsome - welcome to the wonderful world of bettas.

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Thanks muchly for the advice Charis! I was wondering about that, the filter problem. I wouldn't want him to get sucked up! How do you mean to wrap the filter? With some type of meshing or something?



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Thanks muchly for the advice Charis! I was wondering about that, the filter problem. I wouldn't want him to get sucked up! How do you mean to wrap the filter? With some type of meshing or something?
I personally used hose (panty hose) around the filter intake and then put tall plants around it to disguise it. You do have to be careful when wrapping or you will over work the filter trying to wrap the intake and dry out your media from lack of water. Undergravel filters work better for their "plumage" but do a poor job filtering when compared to regular intake filters. Undergravel are also harder to clean and IMO gross. I found the better water quality worth managing the intake than switching to undergravel. Do get a fresh water test kit, set out your changing water with plenty of time for it to equalize, and don't feed only pellets. I'm glad to help!

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Thanks again!

I had a 10 gallon tank before with fish in it but I couldn't keep them alive for long no matter how hard I tried! I tested the water weekly, did water changes regularly, etc, but my fish always died way sooner than they should have.
The only fish that survived was a Light Pearl Pink colored Kissing Gourami that lived for about 3 years and I was so sad when he died!



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A filter sponge ( one from an aqua clear filter works well ) with a slit down the middle then slid over the intake works VERY well, and also works as a prefilter ... and after a wile gets a nice nutral color and blends right in.
Here is one from when I had my fish ( sold them to make room for a conure...lol)
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That's creative! Thanks for the ideas guys.. I wouldn't have thought of these myself, lol.



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Aww, what a cutie! I had mine in a 10g tank with no wrapping on the filter and he did great. He was housed with a spiny eel, corys, and guppies. I had to separate the guppies though, the betta was bullying them and nipping their tails! I have a betta tank, just a good ol' fashioned 1 gallon, and I'm dying to put a betta in it again lol I just don't know that I'm up for the work since water evaporates so quickly here in AZ!



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Aww, what a cutie! I had mine in a 10g tank with no wrapping on the filter and he did great. He was housed with a spiny eel, corys, and guppies. I had to separate the guppies though, the betta was bullying them and nipping their tails! I have a betta tank, just a good ol' fashioned 1 gallon, and I'm dying to put a betta in it again lol I just don't know that I'm up for the work since water evaporates so quickly here in AZ!
It evaporates really fast here too, makes my turtles alot more work. All this talk of betta's reminds me I need to get my mom one for her birthday.

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