Talk:Betta splendens

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With regards to the edits by

These seem like jokes, other then the fact that they are poorly written, the "Side Note" seems... off. I have read up on breeding betas before and have never come across thins.

The feeding comment seems OK, however needs to be rewritten. When i get back from class I will work on it. --PsiPro 10:59, 6 November 2006 (CST)

Can these be relabelled just Betta Splendens? Then have Betta as a general for all the other Betta species -- catxx

Hi Catxx, thanks for all the edits. :-) Yes, I agree this page should be renamed after the species name. This can easily be done by using the 'Move' link at the top of the page. The system then places a redirect from the old name to the new name. I'll do it if you like? --Quatermass 15:54, 31 May 2007 (CDT)

Thank you! I'm still trying to get my head round all the wiki tags - Catxx And uh, why are there now two Betta Splendens listings? can the lowercase one be merged with the uppercase one? I get really anal about uppercase and lowercase hehehe. - Catxx

I removed "Other good exercise for your betta is to put a small feeder gold or feeder guppy inside the tank, it will start chasing them. Do this for half an hour(Your feeder fish may get injured in this process)." from "special notes". I would never recommend doing this, it's more likely to stress the Betta out, and, knowing "feeder" stock, could easily pass on nasty diseases to your precious Betta. And why would anyone volunteer any fish, feeder or not, to a tank where they may get injured? - Catxx

I removed the "Betta Splendens" page, unless there is a page with a different capitalization it case isn't considered. Thanks for pointing this out!

Previously it was just a redirect you, you can set-up redircts by editing a page and making the first line

#REDIRECT [[Article Name]]

--PsiPro 17:56, 1 June 2007 (CDT)

should i do a betta splendens colour/pattern guide on a new page linked back to this one? i think it'd be an interesting read, especially if i include a little of the genetic information (what i know anyway, it gets waaaay complicated). --Cat 07:50, 13 February 2008 (CST)

Oh thats a bit better. I just kind said, what the hell -2000 characters? --Brian 12:38, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

oh THAT'S what the + and - numbers are, i did wonder! hehe --Cat 12:43, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

Female Betta id[edit]

On this article it says you can id females by "Females also have an oviposter visible, a small white dot just behind their ventral fins. A females ventrals will also be shorter than a males, and their anal fin will be rounded rather than finishing to a point on a male"

Well my 4 female Bettas, all have a oviposter, short ventrals. BUT pointed anal fins. :-)

See Female Betta splendens.jpg

Before I alter the main article. Can a more experienced Betta owner verify this? Thanks.

--Quatermass 18:50, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Minimum Tank Size[edit]


I understand that many of you think that a minimum of 5 gallons is required for a betta. However, Bettas can live a happy life in AT LEAST 2.5 gallons.

It's more that 2.5g is harder to heat, filter and maintain decent water quality, especially as it's usually beginners that pick up these fish. It's far more responsible to recommend at least 5 gallons. --Cat 16:26, 4 September 2011 (CDT)
You are correct that the fish could survive happily in a very small tank. However like Cat said, the smaller the tank the more difficult it is to maintain and keep the animals healthy. --Brian 17:15, 4 September 2011 (CDT)
Yes, studies of Bettas in the wild show that they live in very narrow strips of water which however are miles long. Just because shops often keep them in tiny tanks (often in too cold a temperature) doesn't mean we have to. --Quatermass 02:24, 5 September 2011 (CDT)
Well, a 2.5 gallon tank is better than a tiny cup that they are kept in at pet stores.
No pet stores around my way keep them in tiny cups, that is not a universal thing. My local shop keeps them in the main tanks (10-15g, even seen one in the 300g plant tank), with suitable tank mates such as Corydoras and small Tetras. The cup thing never got off the ground in the UK. --Cat 07:05, 6 September 2011 (CDT)
Over here I have really only seen them in about 1.5 cups of water. Some of the independent stores treat them better. --Brian 10:17, 6 September 2011 (CDT)