Fish Question...Not a Debate

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We got our son a 3 gallon fish tank for Christmas and I was thinking about getting him a Betta fish. Does anyone know if they are hard to maintain? I've read some stuff on websites but I know from past experience with fish and tanks (not Bettas) that sometimes what you read online isn't always true or accurate. Mostly, all I know about them is that there can be only one in the tank or they will fight each other to death, right? I'm ok with just having the one...but would it attack a plecostomus? And what kind of food do they require? I used to have a cute little puffer fish that had to have brine shrimp because it wouldn't touch the flakes. Picky little thing! I'd love to get him one of those if the Betta is too high maintenance. Anyhow, I ramble. If anyone's got any suggestions about Bettas, or any other kind of pretty fish that would do well in a 3 gallon tank, let me know. Thanks!

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Dana - posted on 01/01/2011

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I've always wanted one like the link Jenn posted. I think it would look cool on my coffee table. lol

Tara - posted on 01/01/2011

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I wouldn't get a goldfish, they shit like crazy and will quickly turn your tank into a cesspool of smelly mess, and because of their copious amounts of fecal matter, they will deplete their oxygen supplies quickly, even with a filter system.
Stick with a Betta, they are fun, pretty and live pretty long, my son had one that lived 3 years in a big fish bowl.
He played with it a lot through the sides of the bowl, it would follow his fingers from one side to the other etc.

Oh and another option are Triops, they are a 220 million year old species , they come dry as eggs, hatch into cool little crab like critters and grow up to be about 2 inches from tip to tail, they move around like little horseshoe crabs, they then lay eggs in the sand at the bottom of the tank, you drain and let it dry out, add more water later and they hatch again.
You can usually buy a little kit with eggs, feeder eggs (little shrimp) water additives for nutrients and instructions etc. for under $15. We've had them before and they are far cooler than fish, but they only live for 2 - 6 months, but they leave their babies behind to continue the legacy.
:) Lots of fun and the kids love telling people that they have pet dinosaurs that have been around for 220 million years!! Very cool indeed.

Isobel - posted on 01/01/2011

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I thought only boy ones were pretty...and I had a fresh water shrimp that killed my beta once \:)

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Wow bettas are pretty easy to take care of. Any pet shop that has them will have the food for them there. It says specifically for bettas on the package, too. I recommend BettaGold. I also recommend getting one from a REAL pet shop where they specialize in fish or something. Around here we have a Walmart with a pet section and a PetCo, but neither place is that great because they don't take care of them. (our petco is horrible anyway, i could tell you plenty of horror stories Dx)

I wouldn't put another fish in the tank with the betta, at all. They are very solitary little fishies and very territorial and tend to dislike dark colors. A plecostomus wouldn't be a good idea, I don't think.

Bettas aren't really high maintenance, but they have great personalities and require play time so if you or your son don't have the time to give the betta some play time (mirrors are okay, or wiggling your fingers in front of it, or lots of pretty colored things in the tank with it, etc) then get a goldfish.

really, you might just want to get a goldfish. I haven't had much luck with bettas in the last few years and I don't trust the pet shops. I think bettas are becoming more inbred lately and that makes it hard to find one that won't get sick easily. :( They're also somewhat prone to ick, a fin and scale disease that is usually easily fixed with other fish but not so much with bettas, because of their long fins.

Yeah, just get a goldfish. It'll be easier on you and your son.

My hubby and I will be getting a fishtank full of koi sometime, when the weather gets warmer. We love koi and it'd be great for our baby girl to see all the pretty colors.

Kate CP - posted on 01/01/2011

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Holly: Sounds like he was huge, too. I've seen some gigantic cichlids, though.

Meghan - posted on 12/31/2010

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I got J a fish for Xmas...should have gotten a betta but decided on a pretty goldfish instead D'OH.
He freaked out! Loved it! Then he went away for 5 days (back tomorrow YAY!!!!!!!) and I have been sweating balls trying to make sure this thing stays alive! *knock on wood*

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My African Cichlid killed the beta we put in with it... that sucker was mean though! He killed tons of our fish that the pet store people said we could put with him - inclusing tank cleaning fish, snails, and other cichilids! He was a rescue (my hubby's contracting company was renovating an abandoned drug house and they found the super scuzzy tank with the fish in the basement) and I didn't want to give him away (besides, no one wanted him - even the pet store!) and I couldn't bear killing him... Ya know what killed him? When we moved we had to leave him at my MIL's house for a few days and the kids from her at-home daycare gave the mean sucker a heart attack... Cosmic justice? I like to think so...

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We got two bettas. The girl at Petco said females are fine together in groups but never male-female or male-male in the same tank. They've been in the tank together for an hour or so and they're getting along.....still checking stuff out though. I got a gorgeous Crowntail Betta (blueish greenish with the frilly fins) and a white and red Veiltail. Hopefully they'll still be intact in the morning lol I paid $7 something for a thing of food but the girl said it will last forever because it's 2-3 pellets (tiny...like smaller than a grain of kosher salt) every other day. She also said a snail would be ok in the tank (I imagine because of its shell) but I didn't want to mess with that for now. I think I'll go back for the snail eventually though, so I will have a built in tank cleaner lol Happy New Year Ladies :)

Kate CP - posted on 12/31/2010

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They will attack and kill any community fish but any semi-aggressive fish like tiger barbs, African cichlids, and sharks can hold their own against a beta.

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i give my beta a couple pellets each day, its good to go. The tank, when it gets scuzzy i just rub the bowl on the inside with a cloth, then add some more water. room temp and spring water so theirs no harsh chemicals to burn his little body.i thought betas killed all cohabitants?

Kate CP - posted on 12/31/2010

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There are actually some freshwater fish that are semi aggressive that can live in the tank with betas. Certain cichlids and I think barbs can coexist in the same tank as betas. Plecostomus cannot live with betas...they will be eaten.

Krista - posted on 12/31/2010

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That's right, there CAN be only one. And if its head comes away from its neck, it's all over.

/slinks away in fellow geekitude.

Shauna - posted on 12/31/2010

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Yeah, you cant have two of them together they will kill each other, and they will kill other fish too thats why they are labled "japanese fighting fish" .... also they are found in shallow rice patties ... so the fish tank doesnt need to be very big or have a bunch of water. But if you want to buy a male and female you can mate them!!! ... the male will put little bubbles that float on top of the tank and you drop the female in and somehow the eggs go into the bubbles or something and you separate them and you get little baby bettas :) -----at least thats what the pet store lady told me :)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/31/2010

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They are pretty tough fuckers for sure. They do need food, but I don't think they can be with any other fish at all. Could be wrong. Ask the fish department, they will be able to tell you the best. I know they are tough to kill...a friend was not good at taking care of hers...and the thing kept going
"just keep swimming, just keep swimming"

Shauna - posted on 12/31/2010

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yeah bettas are pretty hardy fish... the dont die as quickly like goldfish. I had a betta hanging from this glass thing on the wall and it fell off the wall and lived through that, i moved out of state and held the bowl sploshing around the whole trip and still alive.

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After reading my post, I have to come back and laugh at the "there can be only one" line ROFL Betta fish is the Highlander! Ok, dorkfish is leaving the room now lol

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