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Thread: Breeding Betta

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    3 Not allowed!
    Hey!...why would I have a "shelf of cups"??

    I have a "shelf of shot glasses", but for a totally different reason than fishkeeping.

    For me, keeping a single betta in anything less than 5 gallons of water is analogous to keeping a dog as a pet, tied to a tree.

    Even with shelter from the elements, with water and food daily, and some human interaction.

    Will they live?....probably...will they thrive?....highly doubtful

    There's a huge difference in "live" and "thrive", if you ask me.

    As responsible petkeepers, whether it be bettas or elephants, it's the KEEPER's responsibility to make sure that they are as comfortable as possible...pets didn't pick us, we picked them.

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    They will live, but will they will live as long as they would in a proper tank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by waylon101 View Post
    I disagree that it is cruel. I've seen people keep bettas together on racks, side by side, and I don't think it is any different.
    It isn't any different and it is cruel. You keep your fish the way you want and I will keep my fish the right way,
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    Yep....it's your decision in the end. Good luck to you, but I doubt it will end up good.

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    Hate to jump on the "you're doing it wrong" band wagon, but keeping males and females together or trying to keep two males together is a very bad idea. I have a serious addiction to keeping Bettas. My addiction is so bad that I've been breeding them in my garage for almost 50 years. I have 1 gallon glass jars that I use for separating out the young males for two months, but then I put them in a 3 or 5 gallon tank. I've got rows and rows of 3 gallon tanks along with even more give gallon tanks. I just can't bring myself to keeping them in little containers. Obviously, I'll never be a threat to breeders in Thailand or Vietnam. Even cutting them out into one gallon jars is, in my opinion, cruel. But I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve.

    Still, if you can't keep a Betta in at least a 3 gallon tank with a small heater and small sponge or HOB filter you're not doing the fish any great favors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waylon101 View Post
    I disagree that it is cruel. I've seen people keep bettas together on racks, side by side, and I don't think it is any different. Attachment 41351
    I hated this Betta fall thing. It was so easy to overfill the bottom, the things were only .75 gallon in water volume and I returned it within a day or two of buying it to Petsmart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by octavio View Post
    Hate to jump on the "you're doing it wrong" band wagon, but keeping males and females together or trying to keep two males together is a very bad idea. I have a serious addiction to keeping Bettas. My addiction is so bad that I've been breeding them in my garage for almost 50 years. I have 1 gallon glass jars that I use for separating out the young males for two months, but then I put them in a 3 or 5 gallon tank. I've got rows and rows of 3 gallon tanks along with even more give gallon tanks. I just can't bring myself to keeping them in little containers. Obviously, I'll never be a threat to breeders in Thailand or Vietnam. Even cutting them out into one gallon jars is, in my opinion, cruel. But I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve.

    Still, if you can't keep a Betta in at least a 3 gallon tank with a small heater and small sponge or HOB filter you're not doing the fish any great favors.
    I would love to see your setup... I have been considering housing more Betta, as I have found that I absolutely love the one I have.
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    It's always users discretion however if we think on optimizing the quality of life. Obviously keeping a fish with such a small area for swimming it will be stressed and shorten its life span. Everything that I've read about bettas suggest the only possible tank mates as fish goes are white mountain minnows. Which goes back to tank size if you want to add fish you need more room! In nature betta females and males do not associate often except breeding. So by having them in the same tank or even close enough so the male can see it will spell disaster. Hope you just decide to set up separate tanks at least 5g's

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    1 Not allowed!
    Wow, totally missed this thread during my hiatus. Glad I didn't see it. I think it's apparent how I feel bettas should be housed. Compare one of my betta tanks to that horrid novelty shown above and tell me which fish have a better home.

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    As the others said, do not keep a male and female together as the male will kill her, and if you're going to use a divider or house them in separate but nearby tanks, use something that is opaque so that they can't see each other.



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    In all actuality the females are the ones that kill the males. Had an interesting speaker talk about breeding bettas back in June and he explained about watching the pair carefully and went over some sign that the male should be removed from the tank or he would be killed. He had lost a couple bettas to matting aggression-the girls just did not like the males and wanted them out of the tank and her space by any means (dead or alive).
    Last edited by Slaphppy7; 08-17-2016 at 06:03 PM.
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