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06-11-2009, 01:46 PM
We have a new Betta. I have been feeding it four pellets, twice a day. He seems to eat them all, so nothing is left to rot. Here's my question, we have a weekend cottage, and we leave Friday morning and return Sunday afternoon. It's obviously impractical to take the aquarium with us each weekend. Is it OK for him to go that long without being fed? He seems to be surviving fine, and is very hungry on Sunday night when we get back.

Second question. When we go up for a week, we bring him with us. We put Saran Wrap over the top of the bowl, and put the bowl inside a small cooler, and wrap a towel around the bowl so it doesn't tip over. He seems to have survived a few of those trips OK. Any problems?

Last question, it gets down into the mid 60's at night, and sometimes doesn't warm up above 70. He seems to hibernate on the bottom when it's cool. At first I thought he was dead, then when it warmed up he was fine and was swimming all over as usual. Is an occasional cool night going to be bad for him?

Many thanks
Craig Carragan

06-11-2009, 01:51 PM
He should be in a tank. They like water in the high 70s. Getting into the 60s is not really good for him.

Going a weekend without eating will not bother him.

06-11-2009, 01:53 PM
Welcome to the Fabulous AC!
Your fish can easily go a few days without food if it is on a good diet.
The travel idea is not so great.
A ten gallon tank with a filter and heater would not hurt,it is still a fish.
The fluxuation of heat can make the fish sick.
Can you have someone drop in and feed it while you are gone,even if its every couple of days?

06-11-2009, 02:34 PM
He'd be better in a tank, with filter and heater. Temperatures below 77 F is not good. He can be left for up to a week without food.. BTW, a varied diet goes a long way to keep these guys healthy. Try shelled peas, bloodworm, brine shrimp, and flakes on different days. He'll love you for it!!!

06-11-2009, 02:43 PM
Anytime a room temp drops under 70 it is hard on a betta. Even though they can survive without a heater it doesn't mean they are thriving. Those low temps can make him sick. Betta's normal habitat is a tropical type climate.

I dont recommend anything under 2 gallons as a bettas permanent home. Also 4 pellets twice a day sounds like overfeeding to me even if he is eating all of it. 2 pellets 2 times a days sounds better... unless he is a king betta.

If you want to see him in all his glory get him a 5 gallon tank filtered and heated, some plants - live or silk (plastic can rip his fins), and a few cavelike structures for exploring. The personality he will show you is well worth the investment.

As far as week long trips go , there are time release betta feeders available.