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post #1 of 16 Old 06-17-2008, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Bettas Live Longer In Larger Tanks

I know because I've been raising them for years and I've researched them for years.

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"A popular misconception is that wild bettas live in very small puddles, and thus are "happier" when kept in cramped conditions. In reality, like any other fish, bettas are healthier, more active and will often grow larger when they are kept in a roomy tank."
They not only live longer but they become stronger and are healthier.
I suspect it's because of the competition for food and space and the continuous exercise they get exploring, chasing tankmates and, their favorite, dancing around in the bubbly stream of waterflow.

Anyway, people have their own opinions...

The betta I have in my community tank is the only fish that comes up to whereever I have the camera and poses for me. If another fish curiously comes over to where I'm taking pictures, the betta flashes in front of him and steals the spotlight.

Here he is, my plain old blue betta.



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post #2 of 16 Old 06-17-2008, 10:32 AM
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i had one female in a ten gallon that loved the camera too, and would pretend to be a loach and try to school with them


sadly, she died from dropsy

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post #3 of 16 Old 06-17-2008, 10:35 AM
^sorry to hear that MegK i just lost a swordtail from what i thought was dropsy. Note your betta is beautiful, and i have to agree with you, i love seeing betta's in a large tank, only problem is my betta thinks he rules all 29 gallons of my tank lol i dont think that people who are keeping betta's in a smaller tank are keeping their betta's wrong, i just prefer seeing them in a large open space :D
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-17-2008, 12:52 PM
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My females betta in my community 30G does the exact same thing. If she catches me looking at the tank, she comes over and says hello to me, and watches me untill I leave. She also loves the camera, and thinks she is a Platy. :)
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post #5 of 16 Old 06-17-2008, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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i love seeing betta's in a large tank, only problem is my betta thinks he rules all 29 gallons of my tank lol i dont think that people who are keeping betta's in a smaller tank are keeping their betta's wrong, i just prefer seeing them in a large open space
It's not an issue of "right or wrong",
it's more an issue of people who properly research,
people who don't
and people who ignorantly listen to the ones who don't
yet claim to be an "authority" on the issue...

For example:
I went into a store, I'm not going to name it, who's fish section had a sign
up from the web that claimed bettas "love" small spaces and still waters.

I actually kept many bettas in my lifetime and every single one of them
enjoyed playing in bubbles and streaming waters.
They out-lived ALL of the ones I kept in still waters
and had a healthier life while alive.

Bettas can live in small spaces and still waters.

The fact is that their bodies have adapted to those conditions
and they have the ability to struggle in them
when they need to
but they do not "prefer" those poor conditions.
It's a sad, ignorant misconception to believe so.

I pity the poor fish who's thoughtless pet-owners believe the easiest
and most convenient pet-care offered before them.

Sad.

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post #6 of 16 Old 06-18-2008, 06:58 AM
i get what you mean :D i was meant to say that it is more about how you research and how you are treating them. i also find that my betta is more active in the bigger tank. what your saying is totally true :D
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post #7 of 16 Old 06-19-2008, 03:36 AM
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Great Discussion... BTW... Nice Beta!
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-19-2008, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Twice.

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post #9 of 16 Old 06-20-2008, 06:21 AM
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dont bettas originally some from rice paddies? which are really big but shallow and still?

even tho , im sure they would still love some current, but they are a slow moving gracefull fish

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post #10 of 16 Old 06-20-2008, 08:35 PM
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I've had my betta in a 33 gallon community tank for 4 months now and he seems to be doing very well. He was my first fish and so I was always mindful of choosing peaceful tank mates and not having too strong of a current.

Your betta is very nice, I like your aquarium too!
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