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post #1 of 3 Old 04-08-2008, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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My betta just died

Hello, My name's Liz.
I bought a blue crowntailed betta not too long ago and I had gotten very attached to him. I named him Trills and I had bought a glass vase and some rocks to put at the bottom. I think I made a huge mistake by putting a bamboo plant in there. I moved him in there and he seemed confused and what not, about an hour later my little nephew tells me that Trills got stuck between the roots and he wasn't moving. I panicked and I attempted to untangle him. By the time I untangled him he was already dead. I feel like crap and I'm sure I made a lot of mistakes by doing all the things I did. I feel weird crying over my betta and talking about it, but yeah it helps. I want to get a new betta now and I first want to learn how to properly care for him and the proper suppiles i'll need. Also, where can I get a healthy betta from? My sister said places like Petco/Petsmart/Walmart/etc.. don't really take care of the bettas and that they're not as healthy.

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post #2 of 3 Old 04-08-2008, 08:35 PM
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Welcome to the forum Liz.

Really sorry to hear about your betta. :(

A glass vase really isn't an adequate home for a betta I'm afraid, but luckily you have come to the forum for advice and will be able to provide a good home for your next friend.

I'd advise reading through this thread:

for a lot of good information on betta care. The only one thing I would add to this thread, is that personally I find a 2.5g, which is recommended here, a bit too small. I wouldn't put a betta in anything less than 5g. It's only fair to give him some swimming space. :)
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-10-2008, 04:36 PM
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First off, I'm very sorry about your Betta. They can be very interactive, curious little fish, so it's very easy to get attached to them. Like all fish, they're also very delicate, and can easily get sick or die from bad water condition, getting caught in something, overeating, etc...

I would suggest putting a live plant in his tank, something that a fish could not possibly get caught in. Make sure that the plant doesn't take up too much room. Bettas love swimming around the leaves and branches, and even resting or sleeping on the leaves. Put in a thin layer of gravel, and make sure there are absolutely no spaces, as the fish can also get stuck in the gravel. This once happened to my betta, and thankfully I was there to help him get out. Anyway, gravel helps keep the aquarium clean, and even produces beneficial bacteria.

I bought my betta from Petco, and most of the fish I see are not entirely healthy, though some are. They do not take good care of their betta, it's really sad- Petsmart is the same. If you do want to buy a betta from them, make sure you look for these signs of a healthy fish: bright colors, swims and seems curious, no splits or tears in fins. I would suggest getting a fish at a private Tropical Fish store, they'll probably have better advice and healthier fish.

Make sure to feed your betta a healthy, varied diet, and keep his water temperature at least 75 F., and keep him in at least a 1 to 2 gallon tank.
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