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These are some photos I took of my crowntail betta, Kosrae. I bought him from PetCo about a month ago, and  I thought you might like some other examples of betta bowls to show on your website, since most of the photos people send in are large aquariums.
He lives in a one gallon jar, currently alone, although he did have a ghost shrimp for a while. I added to the bowl two live plants, about a quarter inch of black gravel, some decoration pots from PetCo (for the shrimp to hide in), and a decorative column from PetCo (which was a real favorite of the shrimps).
One thing I am doing for Kosrae I wasn't sure about, but he seems to be loving, is feeding him live mosquito larvae from my pond outside (no other fish in the pond, it's just a mosquito breeding ground). I figured that if freeze-dried blood worms were good for a betta, and live food was good for a betta, then live bloodworms would be even better.
He seems to be very healthy, and his color has gotten even brighter since I began giving him the larvae (his coloring is exactly as the photos show!). I give him five or six a day, in addition to a tropical flake food, and he LOVES hunting for them in his plants (as shown in some of the photos!).
And since I use the same turkey baster to clean his tank that I use give him the larvae, he follows it around whenever I'm cleaning, hoping that I will feed him! He's a smart fish! Hope these photos help give someone else some ideas.
Thanks for having a great site full of information!
Renee Z
Portland, Oregon
Reply: Hello Renee and thank you for the pictures of Kosrae, who is just beautiful and looks very healthy. I enjoyed reading your comments.

Betta fish do love to eat mosquito larvae, as you describe, and mosquito larvae are a good food for Bettas. Best wishes and thanks again.


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Dear to whom it may concern,
My son came home from the school carnival tonight carrying a beautiful, blue, male Betta in a little vase.  He tried to win it and he did. Thank Heaven for your website.  You gave us all the information we needed.  We appreciate it!!  Carry on.
George's new family

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Thank you so much for all of your handy tips! I just got a beautiful blue betta, and now I have the info. I need to take care of it.  You're right, they're beautiful fish!

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I have 2 separate 1 gal bowls with a male Betta in each, a five gal tank for birthing Guppies, a 10 gal for breeding and I have a 50 gal community tank with a male and several female Bettas.  I can tell you from experience (no heaters in any tank) that the Bettas will handle 62 degrees F at night with no problems if they're healthy and the temp change is a natural slow process.   The Bettas are breeding size about 16 months old.
North Carolina
Reply. Thank you, Katie, for describing your experiences.

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Hello, My name is Millie ... I have a new Beta (Male) That doesn't want to eat. I have another one that I've had for awhile & he eats as soon as I give it to him. Beta Bite's! But "Red" hasn't eatten anything for 4 day's. Any ideas?
Thank You
Millie S.
Reply. Hello Millie. We have tested Betta Bites, and many of our Bettas will not eat them, or our Bettas eat the Betta Bites and spit them out later.

Our Bettas eat floating flake food and freeze dried blood worms, which are actually mosquito larvae. I also feed my Bettas some live food such as live Black Worms.

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Thank You Very Much. I bought the freeze dried blood worms (YUK)-Tetra's- And my Betta now has a full tummy.
Reply. You're welcome, Millie. We're glad to read that our suggestion helped you and your Betta.

Incidentally, it would not be good to feed your Betta just Freeze Dried Blood Worms, which are likely to be missing some nutrients that your Betta will need.

BettaMin contains many different foods and is fortified with extra vitamins. The combination of BettaMin and Freeze Dried Blood Worms is a very good diet for Bettas.


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I saw where you had written that Bettas live 3 to 5 years. This year will be my Betta's 6th birthday. Everyone comments on how old "blue" is. I raised all sorts of fish growing up but after getting married didn't have much time for high maintenance fish. I then got me a betta.
I do not change the water often at all. I only feed him about twice a week if that and I have him in a bubble gum aquarium with nothing else in it. Maybe all of those things contribute to him living so long. A few of my friends have cut back on the feedings and their fish are living longer also.

Reply. Thank you, Lena, for describing your experiences. I have had the same experience that fish live longer when fed less.

There have been many experiments done showing that mice, for example, live longer when fed less.


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I've visited your site many times and I think it's great!  You have a lot of useful information.  I read somewhere on you site that if you raise many male betta together in that they won't fight.  I just recently bought six male bettas.  I added them in one at a time to see how they would treat each other.
One was very aggressive and had to be removed.  I have five left in a six gallon tank.  Do you think they will get along and not kill each other?  So far they are doing fine.  Sometimes they just pass each other by and other times they puff out their necks.  I know that's a sign of aggression but will they be alright or should I seperate them?
Thank you,
Chloe W.
Reply. Hello Chloe. Thank you for your compliments about

About your Bettas ...

I have kept male Bettas together in large aquariums and in ponds, and I've seen the same sorts of behaviors that you described.

A few male Bettas are hyper-aggressive and have to be removed. But most will tolerate each other, provided they are not forced to be very close to each other.

After all, this must be the way they live in natural environments.

I advise you to watch your Bettas carefully. Check each one in the morning and again in the evening every day for marks or nips from the other Bettas.

If you see problems, then you may have to make a change. But I think keeping males together is interesting, and I hope you'll send me some more comments about your observations. Thanks again.

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