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Hello! New betta owner
Old 06-21-2012, 01:13 AM   #1
 
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Hello! New betta owner

I joined this forum to do my research and whatnot before purchasing my tank and supplies for my new betta =) I have always wanted a betta fish, but held back..Then I saw my cousins betta (in a pretty confined area, but I'm not gonna lecture her about it), which set my mind on getting one and now here I am with my betta! I've got a 3gallon tank for him with some decorations (only one live plant). I wanted this really tiny algae eater that the pet store worker said wasn't gonna get much bigger, but I held back after reading posts about it not being a good idea ;(



I don't know if my betta is just a double tail betta. He was in a container labeled that, but he kind of looks like a halfmoon double tail to me.. I don't know ..


I'm ready to learn more and provide a better life for my betta!
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:28 AM   #2
 
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Don't know much about bettas specifically but hes a beauty, if you want a nice algae eater you should see if you can find a couple olive nerite snails around where you live, the betta wont mess with them. they look very nice, and they will get the job done. You could consider some maylasian trumpet snails, they aren't as pretty and most pets stores will just give them away but they are one of the best snails for any tank. Actual fish tank mates for a betta are pretty restricted but hopefully some other members will chime in on what will do well in a 3gal with him.

Goodluck and welcome to TFK
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:54 AM   #3
 
If you want a tankmate for your new friend, I recommend a single snail. They're voracious eaters, and a 3 gallon probably won't even satisfy it. I had a single Apple Snail in my betta's 4 gallon tank, and I still had to supplement its diet with algae wafers.

Unfortunately, my betta kept picking on my snail and nipping at it whenever it came out of its shell to feed, so just keep an eye on your betta for aggression.

I do not recommend any other tankmates for a betta. That tiny algae eater you mentioned was probably an Otocynclus Affinus. They require a minimum tank size of 30 gallons and require a shoal of 3 at minimum. Please do not put any other fish, frogs, etc., in the tank with your betta.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:35 AM   #4
 
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Hi and welcome! I agree with everyone else. Bettas are Loners and don't appreciate other animals very well..
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:17 PM   #5
 
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Thanks guys! I've got my mind set on leaving him by himself.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:56 PM   #6
 
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I do not recommend any other tankmates for a betta. That tiny algae eater you mentioned was probably an Otocynclus Affinus. They require a minimum tank size of 30 gallons and require a shoal of 3 at minimum. Please do not put any other fish, frogs, etc., in the tank with your betta.
I'm betting it was a chinese algae eater, their pretty common and sold as small fish but get huge
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:19 PM   #7
 
He is BEAUTIFUL...
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:17 PM   #8
 
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He is BEAUTIFUL...
thank you!
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:35 PM   #9
 
Meet Alpha!

***SORRY, THOUGHT I HAD GREETED YOU ALREADY*** DIDN'T MEAN TO POST MY PIC IN YOUR THREAD!***
(Rookie mistake!)

You have a beautiful fish, by the way, mizzlainy!
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:09 AM   #10
 
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***SORRY, THOUGHT I HAD GREETED YOU ALREADY*** DIDN'T MEAN TO POST MY PIC IN YOUR THREAD!***
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You have a beautiful fish, by the way, mizzlainy!
No problem :) and thank you! Love the color on yours!
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