Betta Fish Revolution

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by duckncover, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

    Jan 17, 2009
    North Eastern PA
    I know you're not supposed to advertise anything on here but I have a cause I'm trying help out. Plus I've been an active member for ever so I hope I can have this one favor [​IMG] Betta fish are one of the pets in the world that people think are disposable. I am trying to raise awareness that they are living creatures along with encouraging people to not keep them in tiny fish bowls. We aren't asking for anything more than a little awareness, some facebook likes, and maybe a guestbook comment. Thank you everyone so much! I appreciate it!

    Last edited: Jul 15, 2011
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Poor little guys. [​IMG]
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    My son always wants to 'save' the bettas we see at Walmart...a store like that shouldn't be allowed to sell any living creature. [​IMG]

    ETA: Stupid question alert: I have a shubunkin goldfish who will (hopefully) be moved outside soon to a small pond. I also have 1 betta in a 'double betta' tank. I know now that the tank is too small for the betta and would like to put him in with the goldfish? The goldfish is easily 3 times bigger than the betta, way too big for it's tank (hence the reason for the move). I'm not sure when I'll be able to get the goldfish pond done and don't want to wait forever to move the betta. Do you think it would be okay to put them together?
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011
  4. Sword

    Sword Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2010
    My betta lives in a 20 gallon aquarium.
    Edited to add: I've been called cruel for keeping him in a 20 gallon aquarium, because people think they like to live in those tiny little glasses of water. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011
  5. ladycrotalus

    ladycrotalus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Massena, NY
    Quote:Not recommended because bettas are tropical and need warmer water while goldfish require colder water due to their need for a large oxygen content. Also goldfish excrete alot of ammonia and bettas cannot handle that. Another reason is goldfish will swallow fish small enough to fit in their mouths. Goldfish also have different dietary needs then the betta.
  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    We bought a male and female betta for our 55 gal tank together. Yes, together along with other assortment of fishes. The male betta does not bother anyone, flirts with the female but no mating going on. He is fairly young and small. We just lost the female betta and nearly lost this male from the same thing, by the filter tube that sucks water in (along with five other fishes we lost too) until hubby found a black foam sleeve for the tube and no more losses. So in due time, we will find a female betta for him or eye candy for the tank. People say that do not put the pair together however one gal at Petsmart told us she had a pair in a large acquiruim and did fine. So did ours. Lack of room is what causes problems.
  7. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    Don't buy bettas from petstores! That is supporting cruelty and you are just buying mutts! Buy from breeders, and remember when buying bettas are a serious commitment. I have two males about 4 years old. They are elderly for sure ! I am going to buy a pure white pair from a breeder soon , I cant wait to breed them!
  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I've always kept my bettas in my community tank. My last betta was a female that made it 4 years :)
  9. babyblue

    babyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2009
    I bred bettas for a long time, as did my sister and parents. A healthy betta from a breeder can last up to 6 years, never super stressed, never crammed into tiny cups, never fed growth hormones. Because male bettas don't fully develop those lovely long fins till 9-12 months. And commercialism is all about the profit, so they don't care if the growth hormones speed up the life cycle to as short as 1.5 years.

    I seriously miss my bettas. I stopped breeding when dh got the job where he works now, when we move I am going to have another as just a pet. And guess what he will be going into.... a nice 29 gallon with some corys and that's it lol.

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