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CrystalCeke 06-03-2008 02:42 AM

Will it harm my betta?
 
My mom told me to put an ivy on the top of its fish tank...so that it can eat and i don't have to worry about feeding it....is that ok if not what should i do? can i put plants in the fish tank? what should i feed it? I don't want it to die..what can i put in its tank? the fish tank is kinda small but just right for one betta..do i really need a filter or a heater? how often should i change it water and what kind?

Lupin 06-03-2008 03:47 AM

Re: Will it harm my betta?
 
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Originally Posted by CrystalCeke
My mom told me to put an ivy on the top of its fish tank...so that it can eat and i don't have to worry about feeding it....is that ok if not what should i do? can i put plants in the fish tank? what should i feed it? I don't want it to die..what can i put in its tank? the fish tank is kinda small but just right for one betta..do i really need a filter or a heater? how often should i change it water and what kind?

Your mom is wrong. Bettas prefer live foods and these are carnivorous, not herbivorous. Keep the ivy away from your tank because from the sound of this name, it isn't exactly a true aquatic plant which means it'll rot sooner or later.

Feed your betta live foods, frozen bloodworms, mosquito larvas, flakes, sinking pellets, etc. Peas can also be used. I'd suggest only a small sponge filter for your tank. Water changes twice a week should suffice. Use tapwater but be sure to dose it with dechlorinator to bind the chlorine and chloramine to harmless substances. Feed your fish once a day only and fast it one day per week.

iamntbatman 06-03-2008 02:46 PM

Your betta needs a heater as well. Bettas are tropical fish and need a steady 78*F.

stephenmontero 06-03-2008 08:39 PM

yea a plant wouldnt work thats not what bettas eat and that plant isnt the right kind for any fish/underwater situation

iam_koi 06-04-2008 10:04 AM

if you're planning to put plants in the aquarium, make sure it's an aquatic plant. :)

okiemavis 06-04-2008 05:51 PM

I agree with all of the above posts, it's a common myth that bettas will eat plants and don't need to be fed, but unfortunately, all you'll end up doing is starving your fish.

Here's a link to another posting on this site that a member made up about caring for your betta. It's very helpful and will give you some good guidelines for keeping your betta happy and healthy!
http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=17558


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