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teetsymomo
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What is the fascination with Betas?
« on: January 10, 2011, 07:56:11 PM »

I'm just curious as to whats the fascination with Betas.  i never see them do anything other than float. Yes, they are pretty with their long flowing fins, but I just don't get it and I was hoping someone could fill me in on why so many people love them.
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Hanna
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Re: What is the fascination with Betas?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2011, 08:09:03 PM »

Hi Teetsy,

we are fascinated in their different colours.

And yes, they float in their small, small jars how one can see them most times at the pet stores.

The first betta we got ( Barbarossa ) moved into the empty tank after our goldies Hump and Hep had the 3 ft one.
We seen this betta in the pet shop but he was in a tank with other fish and he was happy swimming around. We gave him much the same environment: a proper tank with filter, air, plants, gravel, etc and company with other fish.
When we are in the room he always comes to the front cheer leading with his fins, he comes up very excited to get his food.

Or other bettas live in bowls, big enough to have a filter, air and plants, etc too. They also come and wiggle at us and they know when it's feeding time. Sindbad for example jumps up to my fingers to get his flakes.
Basically they are very vivid fish, only sometimes "rocking" on a plant leaf Wink
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Re: What is the fascination with Betas?
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2011, 12:47:38 AM »

Bettas are gorgeous fish, and yes we do buy them mostly for their colour. But just because they float doesnt mean they dont have personalities. I mean, I couldve sworn Obi had dementia. One minute he'd be fin, Next he'd be freaking out in his tank. and the water would be FINE. So theyre another pretty addition to a fishy family Cheesy
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Re: What is the fascination with Betas?
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2011, 01:39:10 AM »

I agree Kat, they DO have excellent personalities, they all have different expressions on their faces too. And it is so cute when tehy munch their pellets, crunchies and bloodworms or Blackworms.
( Barbie also stole the corys pellets, twice in the meantime... lol)
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Re: What is the fascination with Betas?
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2011, 05:21:18 AM »

I love it when they eat their first pellet they spit it out and stare at you like what the heck is this and then they go and gobble it up! Cheesy
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Re: What is the fascination with Betas?
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2011, 11:51:51 AM »

thank you for sharing that with me. Maybe one day I'll get one and will be able to marvel in their beauty as well.
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Re: What is the fascination with Betas?
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2011, 07:46:41 AM »

I like my Bruce because he's my first betta ever, and he is really loving Smiley Already at the shop I used to visit him and talk to him a bit before I decided to actually get him! Cheesy
So at home, I do the same, and he really loves the attention, he always comes up to the surface to have a look at me and see if I've got any food for him.
He also eats in the cutest way, and he's surprisingly playful and active (loves hiding in his ornaments. A ship wreck and a castle we had in the old tanks) Smiley He ate some brine shrimp gel off my finger today! Man, he's got powerful bites Wink
In other words, he's acting just like my beloved goldfish babies, so there's definitely some personality involved.

That's basically why I like him, because he is Bruce, and only Bruce Grin Not because he's a betta C: One thing may be that they don't need too much space, so for me, who already devoted about 40% of my apartment to my fish, am able to keep a few smaller bowls around with a betta or two.
(And I saw a rainbow colored betta today... yellow nose, purple body, plus blue and red fins... ****. I might need him too.)
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Re: What is the fascination with Betas?
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2011, 12:36:07 PM »

I LOVE Bettas because of their unique personality and believe me that each one has a personality of his own!
I own 4 bettas.  I love to have them around my home in various pretty bowls and containers.  I get so many compliments on my bettas and their bowls.  Guests actually argue over who gets to stay in the guest room with the betta! LOL!  Supposedly a betta is good luck!  I clean all my bowls in just a matter of 1/2 hr. tops.  They are so easy to care for and I have only ever fed my bettas once a day.  Sometimes I give them an extra treat tho.  One of my bettas is currently moving towards 3 years....he is my dearest..Buddy. Smiley
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Re: What is the fascination with Betas?
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2011, 01:20:27 AM »

I loved my axwell (RIP) because he'd just watch me, and follow me round the room. Whenever I came over to the tank, he'd swim to the top, or swim to where my face was to greet me. They are really intelligent and develop quite amusing yet charming mannerisms.
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Re: What is the fascination with Betas?
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2011, 08:02:35 PM »

I know this is an old thread, but I think part of it is the fact that bettas are sold to so many people with too-small bowls. People think it's okay because they have a labyrinth.
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Re: What is the fascination with Betas?
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2011, 10:59:38 PM »

I agree with you, BronzieTheMoor, when my friend was about 3 years old. She kept a betta in a 'cream cheese container' and that poor fish somehow lived 3 years, and the only reason the fish died  was because they went on vacation   Tongue
Bettas are exceptionally hardy fish, which makes them 'easy to take care of, so people enjoy them.
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Re: What is the fascination with Betas?
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2011, 03:02:20 AM »

As long as you change the water in their bowls, they're fine. However, I do support the idea of at least having a bowl that will give the fish enough swimming room. I don't like it much when people keep them in vases for example. One betta would need roughly 14-15 liters, something like 3-5 gallons of water to be comfortable. Filter and aeration is optional as long as you're prepared to change water for it twice a week minimum.
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Re: What is the fascination with Betas?
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2011, 09:10:56 AM »

Yeah, Nossie. That's what i think too.
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