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newfish in the tank - 2009-03-18
Hi! I just bought a crown tailed fighting fish. It is terribly depressed. when i looked for help i got a bit confused because some say they need 5+ gallon/20L tanks though other sight say that they prefer smaller tanks? Can some one who has had this problem please tell me what they did when this happened to them? Thx

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  • Brianna - 2010-02-25
    Bettas do great in bigger tanks. 5+. The bare minimum is 3 gallons. Most petstores hire undereducated employees and they say they like smaller spaces. They are said to be 'puddle fish' when they love to swim. They become depressed in a smaller tank. Remember when you bought him in that little plastic cup? How he just sat there on the bottom with his fins down. That's a depressed fishy. My betta Abstract is over 7 and has been moved to a 120+ tank with a few other fish. He is living happily.
  • PJ - 2010-03-18
    Dear "newfish in the tank",
    When you first buy bettas they tend to be either curious or deppressed but aftter a couple of days they will calm down.Also, admire him from a distance.I suggest you stick with a 5 gallon tank or keep it in a bowl. Spaking from experience of breeding and keeping them for a long time.

    Sincearly,
    P>J
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Collin - 2009-12-02
I have hade my betta fish for 2 years and about 3 months. He lives in a 2 gallon container and is curently OK. I named him Purple (cuz he is purple.) and just yesturday I saw my betta very pale. I cleaned out his container and kept him in the sink. I cried (he means alot to me). Curently he is healing and I hope he will be as healthy as he has been these last 2 years!

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  • sharon - 2010-02-20
    Is purple still alive?
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craig - 2010-02-17
i have a 3 spotted blue gourami with about 6 other fish and today I just added an angel fish. The blue seems to be aggressive only to the angel fish by nipping at his fins. What should I do?

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  • pie - 2010-04-06
    You should separate them. If the angel fish keeps biting the male gourami fish, sooner or later that fish will die or his fins will tear.
  • prashant pushkar - 2010-04-10
    That's because your gourami is male and he doesn't want any other male in his region. Replace the angel fish.
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Raymond - 2010-02-08
Just bought Two Gold Gouramis and brought them home two days ago. BIG mistake on my part for not observing them for awhile before buying. I'm not sure what sex they are, but one is a darker orange then the other one. Yesterday, I noticed the darker one chasing and nipping at the other lighter one, both gouramis are about equal size as well. Anyways the other one would go and hide, or not move at all at the bottom of the tank. Anyways, this morning, the lighter one was dead. I'll have to wait and see if the darker one goes after any of the other fish, so far it hasn't.

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The Fish Guy - 2010-01-15
Housing your betta can be a a little confusing for most starters. A common rumour has been passed around about bettas. It's said that bettas can live happily in a 1 gallon or less bowl with no filtration, no heating and low maintenance. This, like most rumours, is false. Bettas need at least 2.5 gallons of filtered, heated water. However, I personally believe bettas need at least a 5 gallon tank. Keep your betta tank clean by doing 20 - 30 % weekly water changes.

Bettas will eat a variety of foods you give them, including frozen blood worms, live blood worms, frozen brine shrimp, frozen beef heart, live blood worms and more. Flakes and pellets can be offered, but this is probably the worst thing to give your betta. Flakes and pellets are too processed for a betta. Also, some people feed their bettas peas. Do not do this, peas are not natural for a betta. Bettas are carnivores, feeding them vegetables could cause health problems. Live mosquito larvae and mosquitos themselves are also a great food source for bettas, along with other small insects and very small earth worms.

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joe - 2010-01-11
I've owned over 15 of these fish in pairs of two or three. They shake and swim in circles when a new one is introduced to the tank, which is cool. Occasionally I would get one (usually the big blues) that would make loud clicking noises (I told people it was my fish "barking"). Sometimes they would also blow bubbles out of their gills. How cool are these fish?!

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jeff - 2010-01-06
i have just bought a female betta i have a male in a 40 litre tank,can they go together ,and the one thing i cant find on thge net is a clear picture of the egg tube,how visible is it..My son is the actual owner and he is keen to breed them any help would be greatly appreciated i can be emailed on heyyou1358@yahoo.com.au

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Courtney - 2009-12-21
I have a 150gallon aquarium. A great majority of what I have are gourami of all different types. I have opaline, 3 spot in blue and gold, moonlight, and snakeskin. I even have a couple blood red dwarfs, a giant dwarf, a honey and a sunset dwarf. All these guys share the tank with bala sharks, serpae tetras, and angels. Everybody gets along. The dwarfs have the hardest time, but even they no where to get outta the way from time to time. I'm glad that I havent had to deal with the territoriality. These guys are so beautiful!

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Fish Stake - 2009-12-02
This fish is awesome.

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Anonymous - 2009-12-01
I have had a female opaline for around 3 months now as I wanted something different for my 26G community tank. She is a stunning fish, very peaceful and swims around the tank very gracefully. She will feel the other fish with her pectoral fins and I think they may be ambush predators as she likes to emerge from the undergrowth from nowhere. She accepts all foods and even eats hair algae from the plants. They look quite washed out in the shop but she coloured up beautifuly once she settled in.....I would recommend this fish.

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