Aquarium Forum
 


Menu
  · Tropical Fish Home
· Fish News
· Aquarium Forum
· Calculators
· Free Aquarium Ebook
· Feedback
· Photo gallery
· Plant species
· Tropica Plant DB
Tropical fish species
· By Common name
· By Scientific name
Tropical Marine fish
· By Common name
· By Scientific name

Articles
  · African Cichlids
· Algae Control
· Aquarium Decoration
· Aquarium Resources
· Aquatic Plants
· Barb Fish
· Betta Fish
· Breeding Fish
· Catfish
· Central American Cichlids
· Cichlids
· Clownfish
· Corals
· Corydoras Catfish
· Discus Fish
· Dwarf Cichlids
· Fish Diseases
· Frogs and Turtles
· Goby Fish
· Goldfish
· Gourami
· Invertebrates
· Jellyfish
· Killiefish
· Lake Victoria Cichlids
· Livebearers
· Malawi Cichlids
· Marine Aquariums
· Marine Aquarium Fish
· Other Fish
· Pleco
· Predatory Fish
· Photography
· Pond Fish
· Responsible Fish Keeping
· Rainbow Fish
· Shark Fish
· South American Cichlids
· Tanganyika Cichlids
· Tetra Fish
· Tropical Fish Food

User Tag List

Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    17

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Smile Question on Bettas


    0 Not allowed!
    Hello,
    What is the life expectancy for a betta? Can it be kept in a gallon bowl or is that cruel? I have heard that it can be kept in a bowl and then not to.....but to keep in a small aquarium with filter, etc. Why are they in such small containers at the stores then?
    FISH FRIENDS ARE THE BEST!

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    463

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Welcome to AC! - Brookfish   A wonderful tank and such lovely loaches! - rothenb1   nice big tank - Crispy   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    I think betta's can live 3-5 years.. A betta will not live very long in a bowl... they would prefer a heated tank. Iv never personally seen Betta's in cups... We dont have the whole betta cup thing in Ireland. Its just plain cruel and it leads people to believe betta can be kept that way...

    I think 5gal would be minimum for betta.. personally i think min 10gal.

    I mean u can keep it in a bowl if you do constant water changes, other wise the water will become toxic very quickly... Their just the same as any other fish.. The fact that they can live in small tanks doesnt mean they don't need filtration and heater.. Even a simple sponge filter would do... Sadly lots of fish shops promote the small tanks and bowls and say you dont need filter or heater..
    Last edited by Irish2539; 05-29-2010 at 01:00 AM.
    For Fishy info and Fishy vids visit my youtube channel. I have added lots of good links and my own views on the main issues of fishkeeping.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/spudsssy?feature=mhum

  3. #3

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Somewhere... :D
    Posts
    4

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Yea I dont know why they're kept in cups. It just seems so cruel! :( I've never had luck with bettas, So i think its safe to assume if kept right, they'll live a long long time :)
    Fishiez..

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    5,145

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Thank you for all the advice - Cliff   No Message - Aydreean   Thanks! Here's a shrimp for ya. - Flakes4Bait   Thank you!!! - harpua2002   Merry X-mass, and thanks for the help this past year - Cliff   
    Adoptee - Bone Cancer - Child Exploitation and Abuse - Hope and Support - Peace - Retinoblastoma - Right to Life - Student Sexual Assault - korith   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Katarine
    Yea I dont know why they're kept in cups. It just seems so cruel! :( I've never had luck with bettas, So i think its safe to assume if kept right, they'll live a long long time :)
    For stores I think it's mostly a space issue. Since they really can't be kept with each other in a tank like many other fish at a lfs. Not really sure where the idea of a small container like that being a permanent home for bettas came about. It's kind of messed up if you think about it. Have heard of them living more than 5 years, really depends on how well they get cared for.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    599

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    for your feedback - Cliff   thanks! - Crispy   Can't give you more rep, so here's a gift for your great contributions to the forum. - Taurus   Thanks for the kind words and also the help. - ohmikeosh   Have another fish for your AC Tank! - Northernguy   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Stores keep male bettas in small cups because they don't have the ability or inclination to house them in bigger tanks - you can't put them together like you can most other fish, and 20 cups is a lot less space and money than 20 five gallon tanks! Bettas are fairly slow fish and can breath air and while they won't thrive at room temp they will survive long enough to get sold so the store can house them way for a time whereas they couldn't keep other fish alive very long doing it like this. If they could they would!
    Why do people always scream when I'm driving?

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Armpit of the Universe
    Posts
    2,084

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    welcome - Algenco   PIZZAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Sarkazmo   For buying an API test kit - gabbyguppy   No Message - Mith   Happy Birthday - Northernguy   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Three years is avg. with, as stated above, exceptions that make five or more years. This is a rarity though, unfortunately.

    I have 15 Betta right now, only one of which is female. Several are in temporary housing which ranges from about 1/3G up to 1G in size. These are unfiltered, unheated 'tanks' but each has some Java Moss and the water is changed every two days. The other Betta are in their permanent homes which range from 1/2G (for a special needs Betta) to 10G. All of the perm. homes are filtered, heated, and planted. I don't recommend anything smaller than 1 gallon for a permanent home. A Betta tank should be as large as possible as well as heated and filtered

    I recommend these products for small Betta tanks:
    Azoo Palm Filter

    This Tetra Submersible Heater

    Go to my YouTube page (the link in my sig below) to get a look at what you can do with small Betta tanks.

    Sark

    1G Planted Betta tank, 1.5G Planted Betta tank, 10G Planted Swordtail Fry tank,
    10G Neolamprologus Multifasciatus (Shell Dweller) tank. Empty/Work in Progress 135G, 40GB, 2 x 20GL, 2 x 10G
    My aquarium (and more) videos on YouTube

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Quebec City
    Posts
    1,862

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    you need a gift - cocoa_pleco   Thanks for the sump help :) - Blu-ray   For the next fishing season - DragonGoby   for being helpful and nice! - jphonger   To make the difference ;op - DragonGoby   
    Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - Sasquatch   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    As a guy who works in a fish store ... yeah it's a space issue. After a big shipment we can have as many as 500-600 bettas in our store and that'll last us about a month and a half. Even in 1g tanks it's unthinkable.

    That said, I always recommend that bettas be kept in heated aquariums. If planted, I don't think that filtration is required, though regular water changes are a must.
    My AC Fish Gallery:
    Another gallery with my fish

    21 Gallon - 3 Ornate Tetras, 7 Pencilfish, 1 Oto cat, 7 Amano shrimp, 1 Peckoltia brevis, 1 clown pleco
    15 Gallon - 1 clown pleco, 6 threadfin rainbows
    10 Gallon - 7 Galaxy Rasboras, 4 Betta rutilans, Cherry shrimp, 1 Hillstream Loach
    65 Gallon - Cycling!

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Deep, deep South
    Posts
    6,864

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Next round is on me! :-D - MCHRKiller   Another day, another round for my friends. - mommy1   Friends don't let friends drink alone, Cheers - Cliff   After all that virtual alcohol it's time to sober up with some virtual food - mommy1   I think this will help after the tree - mommy1   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    My last betta was almost 5 years old when he died. He even made the move from ATL to San Antonio with me.
    Quote Originally Posted by i_am_511
    Lighten up its just the internet its not like someone came in your house and punched a baby in the face.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •