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Mindemae
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #60 on: June 11, 2010, 03:52:06 PM »

Well just out of curiousity and because Andrea asked how you keep the ammonia levels down in such a small bowl, I decided to test my betta bowls for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and ph.  It has been a week since I cleaned either bowl.  The first one is a vase with a peace lily in it and holds about 1/2 gallon of water.  I treat my bowls with Betta Plus water conditioner by Aqueon when I clean them once a week.   The other is a bowl which holds about a quart of water, and has a lucky bamboo in it.  I also feed my bettas once a day Aqueon Betta food, about 4-5 pieces, which they eat very quickly.  This is all they get, no other brand or kind of food.

 Both tested 0ppm for ammonia, the vase tested 0 ppm for nitrites and the bowl .5 ppm, they both tested about 20 ppm for nitrates and the ph was really low at about 7.0- 7.2.
So I came to the conclusion that if you can clean your bettas bowl at least once maybe 2X's a week, don't overfeed him, then he should be able to live in a bowl just fine.  Smiley

I should also add that my betta in the vase is over a year old and the one in the smaller bowl is a few months old.
And one other thing, if your going to keep your betta in a bowl, then please make sure there is room at the top of the bowl, vase, container, for an oxygen exchange.  In other words do not fill your betta container all the way to the top. Smiley
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #61 on: June 12, 2010, 12:07:20 AM »

Nossie: Haha that's cute and Cream sounds lovely then Smiley

Mindemae: Good to hear. They sound like very happy Betta's. I guess the key with a lot of things is to never over feed them. Do you know what else you can feed Betta's?
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #62 on: June 12, 2010, 10:59:26 AM »

You can feed blood worms, however, I have found that it is best not too.  The pellets especially made to feed to bettas are nutrtionally complete for them.  Just bloodworms are not!  I have found that if I feed bloodworms then that is all they want to eat and they reject their pellets.  They become less colorful and active after awhile and I believe their life may be shortened too.  If you decide to feed bloodworms in addition to a complete pellet, then I would only do so once maybe a week as a treat. Smiley
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #63 on: June 12, 2010, 11:46:18 AM »

thats good to know, if only Obi would move and try to eat at least. Ive tried flakes, ive tries pellets, and bloodworms, ive yet to try algae wafer (who can resist an algae wafer??? I sure cant! I want to try one, just to see...)
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #64 on: June 12, 2010, 01:03:19 PM »

Kat, what kind of pellets did you try?  Are they made especially for bettas?  I doubt very much a betta would eat an algae wafer.  Omega one makes a great betta pellet.  I would reccommend Aqueon beta pellets but you said you cannot get that brand.  I think Hikari makes a great brand too. Smiley
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #65 on: June 12, 2010, 01:14:35 PM »

I have betta flakes, but hes not eating anything... I couldnt find Omega 1 anywhere! Sad
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« Reply #66 on: June 12, 2010, 04:22:36 PM »

What did they feed him at the store you got him from?  I doubt flakes since they pollute the small containers they are kept in very easily.  I usually buy the same brand of pellets that the betta was fed at the store. Smiley
Bettas can be fussy eaters and do not readily want to try new foods.
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #67 on: June 13, 2010, 01:17:46 AM »

This is interesting to learn about bettas. When we got the tropicals to the pet shop today we've seen some adorable bettas, different colours, some had a grey body with red fins. Ans as soon as we looked at them  Shocked  they were spreading their tails and snaring like a watchdog, LOL
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #68 on: June 13, 2010, 04:46:03 AM »

I hope he starts eating soon Kat. Best bet as Mindemae said is to ask what the store use to feed him and give him a few days Smiley
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #69 on: June 13, 2010, 01:04:26 PM »

im hoping he eats too! I transferred him to a little bowl, trying to coax him to eat... I dunno. I betchu anything hes gonna pass out on me once the guaranttee is up Sad I want him to live forever, but I dont want a sick fishy.. he was healthy at the store..
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #70 on: June 13, 2010, 06:37:03 PM »

Kat, talk to the pet store, awww the the people there ( not to the store...) about that he's not eating, get the same food they fed.
I also read there is some "Entice" available for poor eaters.

OOOOO I am worried about Obi, hope he starte eating soon  Cry
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #71 on: June 13, 2010, 06:47:44 PM »

I dunno. I had crap service when I went to the petstore, but hes becomming more and more active, swimming around every now and again, waving his fins when I look at him. I figure **** be good to go soon! Hes in Sonorus' old bowl, so hes a little happier. not as big. Funny... Sonorus hated that thing cause it was too big for her too... XD
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #72 on: June 14, 2010, 04:17:34 AM »

Ok, keep fingers crossed
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« Reply #73 on: June 14, 2010, 12:33:27 PM »

yup hes right as rain XD still having a little little trouble coaxing him to eat, but I noticed him starting to nose at the food, so he'll be okay Smiley will try to invest in betta pellets though. Maybe hes just stubborn XD
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #74 on: June 15, 2010, 04:02:28 AM »

 Smiley Hope he gets the sniff that the food is yummmmmm, gee his tummy must be rumbling...
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #75 on: June 15, 2010, 12:14:41 PM »

UPDATE!
                            UPDATE!
                                                       UPDATE!

Obi is eating!!! I bought pellets the other day (yesterday? hahaha) and hes eating eating eating!!!
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #76 on: June 15, 2010, 01:54:17 PM »

YAY!! That is super good news!!! Grin
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #77 on: June 15, 2010, 03:30:17 PM »

it is! makes me happy happy happy! Thank you so much for telling me that they should eat pellets XD
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« Reply #78 on: June 16, 2010, 04:54:00 AM »

YAY!!!!, GOOD NEWS, YAY!!!!

OBI IS EATING


I am soooo happy  Grin
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Re: plants in "pots"
« Reply #79 on: June 16, 2010, 12:54:50 PM »

lol! yes yes he is eating! which makes me happy happy happy Tongue he also likes to pose for the camera XD
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