02-06-2014, 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted by crazy4fish
they need the same equipment as any other tropical fish. a decent size tank, not the itty bitty little cups and bowls stores try to sell them in, a heater to keep the water temp up, and a filter unless you plan to keep right on top of your water changes. something to clean leftover food and waste off the gravel will also be helpful. besides that and the obvious fishfood, the only other thing I can think of that youd really want to have would be something to dechlorinate your water when you do water changes. im not sure of any books to recommend, im sure other people here will have some for you but just reading through the betta fish threads on this site will help a lot.
Yup, just like any other fish. Only thing I would add to the list is a background for the tank. Aside from transforming the look of the tank (for the better), it provides security to the fish.
Originally Posted by jimscott
Having worked for a wholesaler, we would bring in 50 female bettas and have them in a 20 gallon tank... that is HEAVILY planted. They are quite unlady-like... much worse than junior high girls in a cafeteria!
The practices of wholesalers and retailer should not be emulated by hobbyists, ESPECIALLY by people who are new. There are entirely different goals between the commercial side of fish keeping and the recreational side.