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Conversation Between finnfinnfriend and Oldfishlady
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  1. finnfinnfriend
    11-08-2012 03:25 PM - permalink
    Lol okay thank you for answering all of my questions. Sorry about my nit-pickyness. I am very particular when it comes to my knowledge of betta keeping...I think i will set my heater at 78 which will allow it to drop to 76
  2. Oldfishlady
    11-08-2012 03:05 PM - permalink
    That is what has worked for me...long term keeping of my Bettas...average of about 76F more or less....
  3. finnfinnfriend
    11-08-2012 02:45 PM - permalink
    Oh okay. But in general 74F-75F is warm enough? I just want to know what will make a betta live the longest while still being warm enough to keep his immune response nice and healthy...
  4. Oldfishlady
    11-08-2012 02:42 PM - permalink
    I wouldn't call it a myth...but more misinformation maybe....A healthy Betta can tolerate varied temps with some being more tolerant than others.
  5. finnfinnfriend
    11-08-2012 02:02 PM - permalink
    So is it somewhat of a myth that 72 is too cold?
  6. Oldfishlady
    11-08-2012 01:47 PM - permalink
    First, every Betta can be different in their tolerance to water temp for many different reasons.-With that said, lots of information is often based on misinformation and/or myths too. Tropical water temps start in the 70's and this can vary by region. Wild Betta native environment temps can range from high 60's to 100'sF depending on season, rains, drought, day, night- as well as varied temps at different levels in the water. Some of temps are gradual changes and/or short term, however, when going from drought to rainy season-not only will they experience a sudden extreme temp change-but a chemistry change as well-that they tolerate. I don't really like to compare our domesticated Betta with their wild cousin-but in some area there is not much difference. Overall-for long term keeping-it is best to try and maintain a somewhat stable temp and avoid sudden extremes, however, the gradual temps that can normally occur are generally tolerated by a healthy Betta.
  7. finnfinnfriend
    11-08-2012 01:30 PM - permalink
    Oh oops! One more question :& why do some people say that 72F is too cold?
  8. finnfinnfriend
    11-08-2012 01:15 PM - permalink
    That makes sense. Thank you very much OFL!
  9. Oldfishlady
    11-08-2012 01:07 PM - permalink
    A healthy Betta can tolerate varied temp ranges IMO/E...
    IME-keeping my Bettas in the lower normal temp range increases longevity due to metabolism effect of cold blooded fish. You also can have larger and healthier colonies of pathogens that can become pathogenic in higher water temp. I generally keep most of my Betta in temp ranges of 72F-76F(more or less) long term. As long as the Betta isn't showing any signs of stress/problems-I don't over stress about water temps-provided that I am dealing with a healthy Betta to start with.
  10. finnfinnfriend
    11-08-2012 09:43 AM - permalink
    Many people seem to choose to keep theirs around 80. Why the lower temperature?
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