02-27-2007, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Rue
Not quite...while bettas can survive in small amounts of water, because of their ability to breathe air...it doesn't mean they should live their entire, relatively long lives (4-8 years with good care) in a small amount of water...
Bettas can survive the dry season in left-over puddles, but during the rainy season they have HUGE amounts of water to move in...it's true that they prefer to live close to shore, in the shallows, partially because they will often build their bubble nests in the plants lining the shore...
I advocate at least a 5g aquarium for a single male betta...planted of course...others recommend at least 10g...
Think about it...if humans can survive a brutal arctic winter in an igloo...does that mean humans should spend their entire lives in an igloo-sized space?
Bettas can also survive colder water temperatures...but it makes them lethargic...in the wild the temperatures in their habitat is somewhere in the range of 75-85 F...so even an average room temp. of 71 isn't quite right...they need a tank with a heater just like any tropical fish does...
I'd really like to see some advocacy groups educating on behalf of the poor betta...
good point but im no betta expert, all i know is that they are the most common bowl fish (second being the goldfish
) If you are getting an aquarium for them it needs to be long and short as the rice paddies they live in are very shallow but very long, they do bad in deep aquariums.