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post #1 of 22 Old 01-14-2009, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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New Betta

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I have a new betta fish in a 1 1/2 gallon bowl, yes it was going to be in a larger one, but alas, i had a nice tank for it, and it ended up not holding the water i bought for it, and i had this on hand, but everything has been cleaned and disinfected and all. and when i can afford a new tank it will get one.

So anyways, i just bought a betta, i don't remember what kind, but it has the tail that is not all attached, it flows kinda... does that make any sense?
His name is Sushi

I have a plastic plant that i put in it, bc it won't be in enough sunlight for a live one.

But when i got him i knew he was going to be rather agressive, they had two of the cups next to eachother and he was flaring up at the one next to him.

So i floated him for a while, and he stayed at the bottom of the tank for a bit, i think he was in shock, and then he stays in the plant now. i have him a little flake food, and he wasn't hungry, and then he took after a flake that had sunk and started to dig up the gravel... but then knocked it off.

Is any of this unusual? or is this all ok? (i am a new tank owner) also, other than getting a bigger tank, is there anything i need to know about Bettas?
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post #2 of 22 Old 01-14-2009, 02:21 PM
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This is a great link as far as betta care:

http://www.fishforum.com/betta-fish/...are-faq-20058/

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post #3 of 22 Old 01-14-2009, 03:19 PM
Sometimes it takes them awhile to adjust to their new home. If the plastic plant has sharp or pointed edges it could tear your fish's fins.
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post #4 of 22 Old 01-14-2009, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thank you!

I will have to go get another type of food though when i have some cash apparently. Recommendations? (nothing that needs re-fridge/frozen, or anything i can't keep on stock for a while, the only "real" pet store near me is 60 miles away)

The plant isn't sharp and has no pointed edges. it is actually a few plant like things all together and it seems to like to swim between them. and anyways, there isn't much TO tear on his fins. They are already torn like, but you can tell it is normal, not a sign of maltreatment.
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post #5 of 22 Old 01-14-2009, 06:14 PM
A lot of people use Hikari Betta bio gold pellets. You can also get some freeze dried bloodworms or freeze dried brine shrimp. Its reccommended that you rehydrate those before feeding so your fish won't gt constipated.
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post #6 of 22 Old 01-14-2009, 07:03 PM
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There is also freeze dried Daphnia, which I like to use. As Drama says, re-hydrate to avoid constipation. Freeze fried foods are great due to their long shelf life. You'd only have to make the occasional 60 mile round trip...better yet, you can always purchase on-line.

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post #7 of 22 Old 01-15-2009, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Lol, no its 120 mile round trip. 60 there and 60 back.

I will deffinatly look into it next time i go over. for another week though, flakes it is

thanks!
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post #8 of 22 Old 01-15-2009, 02:49 PM
I understand the 120 mile round trips. Where I lived in Colorado, it was 90 miles one way to the nearest mall! lol
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post #9 of 22 Old 01-16-2009, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Ugh same for me. Its horrible! i have this small of a town! and we are on the coast, so ALL of the towns look the same and have the same stuff. you have to go inland to see anything different, which requires going over the pass and mountain, even when snowing... :(

Btw, the Sushi doesn't seem to be eating... does it just not like the flakes?

Oh and i think i am going to get another one his name will be Fillet... lol, and im not joking! depends on if the store has the... crowntail i think they are called. if so, then he shalt have another brother (in a different tank obviously.)
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post #10 of 22 Old 01-16-2009, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Btw, what kind of betta is this? (the one i want, just don't know name)
http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fres...)WFA_Ap4Be.jpg

Thanks its GORGEOUS

Im not sure i like the half moon ones... they remind me of in the early 18th centery (earlier possibly) when the men wore those frilly neck piece things... just on the butt rather than neck...lol
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