Do you have or ever had a Betta fish?

United States
May 2, 2007 8:56am CST
I am the biggest betta fanatic. I think they are the most beautiful and graceful of all the fishie world. they seem to have a little more personality than other tropical fishies. What do you think of Betta fish?
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• United States
10 Jul 07
It has been a while since I have had Bettas but I have had spiketailed paradise fish, regular paradise fish, moonlight gouramis and pearl gouramis spawn for me(they are all bubblenest breeders like the Bettas). When I get my fish room set up I may breed some Bettas, not just the Betta spledendens {spelling} but some other Bettas as well. There are dozens of species of Bettas, some are bubble nest builders and others are moth brooders.
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• United States
10 Jul 07
I didn't know that there were other breeds of bettas beside splendons. thanks for the info.I have heard of gourami's .I want to get some dwarf gourami's when i move .Add them in with some other tropicals.I want to put a male betta in there but i don't know if that would work out
• United States
10 Jul 07
There are probably 2 dozen species of Bettas besides the fighting fish. I would be careful in putting a male Betta in with other fish that it may mistake for other male Bettas or it may try to fight with them and even kill them. If the tank is large enough and well planted enough there is a better possibility that the other fish will not be harmed.
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• United States
12 Jul 07
I wouldn't put a male betta in with other fish unless an expert said it was okay. I will wait til it's time to get my tank and then ask an expert what fish a betta can be put with and what not. I don't want my fishies getting hurt
• United States
26 Jun 07
i've never had one but i would like to-i've seen them at the aquarium local and they're just so pretty. i would get it it's own nice tank to itself,i had heard how they fight.
• United States
26 Jun 07
Fighters isn't the word,lol. I hope you do,if you do , I would suggest a 2 gallon.They really need room to move and those ones they make for the poor things are always too small.
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• United States
26 Jun 07
oh i know-i've seen people keep the poor things in a drinking glass-that's just inhumane to me. whenever i had fish,or hamsters even i gave them a much bigger tank then they needed. i used to have this little..i think it was a crayfish?pretty blue one that had a whole 20 gallon to himself.he seemed quite happy:)
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• United States
27 Jun 07
20 gallons for a cray fish? I certainly know he was very happy,lol
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I have had several bettas during my lifetime. They are beautiful, easy to care for and you don't need a lot of fancy equipment to care for them. I have had them by themselves and in a tank with other fish. As long as the other fish are smaller than them or have dull colors they don't have a problem with them; but, they will attack brightly colored fish that are about the same size.
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• United States
29 Jun 07
I used to have a betta in an aquarium.He got along good with the other fish but once inawhile,one of the black mollies would nip his fin
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
30 Jun 07
The one I had in a tank, wouold attack the fins of the angel fish, the swordtails and the male guppies. He left the female guppies alone, the little neon tetras, ghost shrimp and the pleicostamus (sp? algae eater). He loved to play in the bubbles from the air pump.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
7 Jul 07
we messed around raising the siamese betta fish for a bit. they were quite interesting. we did not keep them in the little jars though - what a dull existence that would be.
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• United States
8 Jul 07
I don't keep them in jars either.I think it's cruel to do that.I have 4 bettas and each one has their own 2 gallon bowl,even the small females.
• United States
28 Jun 07
I don't know a lot about fish. I had lots of them, never a betta fish though. I think that they are beautiful and graceful. But, heard that they must be alone. Is that true?
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• United States
28 Jun 07
the males definitely have to be alone or they will kill each other.Usually the females get along together but for some reason my little cream and burgundy female(pocahontas)didn't like my dark steel blue female(Juno) .kept harrassing the poor thing and had to seperate them
• United States
25 Jun 07
We kept one at work that was in a nice vase that held a Peace Lily. The fish swam amongst the roots of the plant.
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• United States
26 Jun 07
that's how i started out! I had a vase with a peace lily but I didn't think it was fair to my paulie fish cause he didn't have much room to move so I went out and bought a 2 gallon.then I got another betta and another and another.I ended up with 8 lol
@trishjc (192)
• Canada
24 Jun 07
I have 2 males and 3 female bettas, love, love love the bettas they are the most pretty fish, and very personal, almost like a dog in a bowl, always happy to see you and playful too! ahhh, I can spend hours upon hours mesmerized by my fish!
• United States
24 Jun 07
they are magnificent aren't they? What are your bettas names? I have two male bettas,apollo and aries and two females-juno and pocahontas(pokey for short).
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
2 May 07
Bettas are interesting but unsocial. When I had a large tank I bred Lyretail swords. I was able to get some with bright coloration and long fins resembling a bettas yet they remained social. It made a lovely tank to have several of them swimming about.
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• United States
8 May 07
Bettas are quite social . I have had Bettas in with other tropical fish and they got along great.
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
14 Jul 08
Hi Hi , I love them and have a lovely red one now that I have had for over one year now. In the past my betta would not live all that long , and never could keep one more than a few months . It seems the red ones live longer than the blue ones I had in the past . I had a tank once and housed a betta with other fish , but that didnt go very well , I am still learning . I know keep the betta all alone . Also , I had a girl one once .
@darksome (24)
• United States
27 Jun 08
I like them...but the only thing that bothers me about them is that when they age they tend to get curved backs making it hard for them to swim...I also tried to breed them but the males are way too picky when choosing a mate.