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    well I went by the fish last night at WalMart and there was a blue crown type male. His container was getting awful low of water and it was so messy. So I bought him.. So far so good I moved him to a much larger space and at first he refused to move but was doing better after I put some foliage in so he could hide if he wanted to.

    If I post about it I can keep up with how long I have had one, (grin) I do remember buying the last one in June and he had a long trip home because it was while we were out of town, LOL.
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    Well good for you Joy. I think they are beautiful and have always considered getting one but they look so sad all alone and some of those new miniature containers they keep them in make me claustrophobic and it just seems cruel. Like you I would definitely have to upgrade the poor things.

    When I worked at the pet store the manager helped me set up my own 20 gallon tank and I absolutely loved watching them. Lots of work though. Well not lots lol but some days it is all I can do to shower so having yet something else to clean just makes me depressed.
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    Yep I know the feeling. I do have some advice tho since you are younger than I am. I had a lot of pain issues after age 28, then developed fibromyalgia back when they were just coining a name for it. Went on to the rest. So whenever you do feel like doing something, really go for it Chris. Especially since you have a child that is still young. I save up my energy myself for the 7 & and 12 year old grands. I have to rest after showering myself.

    I want a cat so bad and still miss my dog of course so I was hoping that having to change the water for the fishes would keep me reminded not to get any more pets. Guess I will stop going by and looking at them because it seems that there always is several if not many that the water is low and dirty dirty dirty. Poor fish. I am hoping that I can sit the two containers on the same table. Not knowing how good eyesight the male Betas have tho, I will have to keep watch at first to see if it distresses them.

    I once left one of my Betas with a neighbor when we were gone for awhile. Later her son told about putting a mirror into the container just to see the fish try and fight itself. I kinda did not like that and never asked them for help again.
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    How big of a tank should they have?

    In stores they are often kept in cup sized containers. This is somewhat cruel as they can not straighten out their bodies to swim Your container should be at least four times the length of the fish. Make sure your tank has a lid as they can jump. Never buy a fish from a store where they cannot straighten out their body, you are supporting the sellers for keeping them cheaply. Gallon sized tanks are good, or larger is better.


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    i did join beta fish and care etc place shortly after buying this new fish. I wil check out your link as well. so far tho, I am doing just about the only way I can with what I can afford to invest. I know the reddish one has lived longer than he would have and I suspect the blue one too. he is still skiddish tho when i get near the tank. both have hiding places.

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    wow I am changing the water often enough. Thanks. I cannot stand the smelly water. I did join a betta place after buying the last one. I said I did not want to waste time if I need to ask questions in a hurry. so far so good.

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    stupid question: how do they mate?

    mine was given to me one year for Christmas. came with a darling black ceramic cat holding the bowl. of course when the cat's decided to go for the fish they broke the entire bowl/cat stand. I never found the fish either.

    I just saw where an old guerilla at a zoo was given a bunny for a companion. that was rather neat. we need more stories like that to help lift the winter drearies.

    and at the store today a guy had a pit bull mix in his grocery cart. I spoke to the guy but ignored the dog. must have been a service dog but didn't have any kind of doggie vest on.

    GO PETS-whatever type!

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    I lost my long version so will have to make it shorter this time. I know that it is difficult for the ordinary person to know just when to even try and let them mate. There was something said about the male making a bubble. One of mine has done that, one big bubble and lots of smaller ones. I think the smaller ones mean bad luck tho.

    So I won't be trying that and have no intentions of buying a female as I have sorta said no more looking, LOL. I am running out of room to place them and biggest of all reasons they do require attention which I am often short of

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    Why Joy I hope you ain't hangin' at the store tryin' to rescue them there Bettas. You'll have to move outside lol. Yes I had read that in order to breed them you have to set the male and female in tanks next to each other for a bit of courting and when one or the other changes a bit of color they are ready for breeding. Sounds like a lot of work to me I saw an aquarium toilet on a website while browsing and thought it was too pretty to poop in lol.

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    as sometimes happens, a kid with a pleasing personality gets a relative into trouble. Like I said, it was the kids' fault for asking for a fish. She deserved it tho, as I am stingy with pets for her. On the other hand, it is the other gandmother that gets her horses, goats, dogs, cats, you name it. She is some younger but still at her age, I was not up to the work.

    Well who am I kidding, LOL we DO have the horse that kicks other horses at our farm place but cats and dogs, no way. Might also get the goats as hubby thinks it is a eating wonder at keeping down the brush. I said after mind you all the beautiful surprise lilies bulbs get dig up etc. They had to have one goat put down, they paid but it was hubby who had to take it to vet. Why, well seems the goat ate a big part of a big blue plastic cover!!!! Proving to me, yep, goats will eat most anything.

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