Thursday, August 31, 2006

The International Tropical Flora And Fauna Festival Begins Tomorrow!

The International Tropical Flora and Fauna Festival begins tomorrow in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Betta fish being one of the major displays. This is very cool - check it out below!

Vietnam tropical fish go on display in southern hub - Thanh Nien Daily

Thanh Nien Daily
Vietnam tropical fish go on display in southern hub
Thanh Nien Daily, Vietnam - Aug 30, 2006
... like Paradise fish (Macropodus opercularis) as well as imported species including Red discus (Symphysodon discus), Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens) and ...

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Bowled over - Betta Article from

Bowled over

Popular bettas easy to care for

Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal

Bettas are enduringly popular pets.

All ages seem to like them, especially seniors. They are hits in nursing homes and hospitals. They are cheap ($3 and up) and easy to keep, but be warned: Tropical fish are like potato chips. It's hard to stop at one.

Here's how to get started in 10 easy steps:

1. Any basic setup is fine. A lot of tiny bowls are sold for bettas, but they are awfully small. Would you want to swim in a teacup? A gallon-size fishbowl is an attractive option.

2. Tap water is fine, but it must be conditioned. You can buy a conditioner, or let the tap water sit for 24 hours before using it. Unconditioned water will burn their lungs -- their labyrinth organs -- and kill them.

3. Temperature. Don't plop your new fish in the conditioned water. The fish needs to get used to colder temperatures gradually, and most homes are not as warm as pet stores. To do that, float the plastic fish bag with the fish still in it on top of the conditioned water in a large clean bowl. Leave the fish there for 15 to 20 minutes to get acclimated.

It is not a problem to move a betta from colder water to warmer. Keep your fish at no cooler than 70 degrees. Put the bowl on top of an electrical appliance like a TV, which will produce some warmth. Or get a small light and keep it over them. Fish are cold-blooded. The higher the water temperature, the more active they are.

4. Never fill the bowls all the way up. The smaller surface area limits oxygen. Oxygen can enter only on the surface. They will drown if they can't get air. Also, they can jump out if the water level is too high.

5. Purchase a water plant for the bowl and put an inch of aquarium gravel on the bottom. The plant should be healthy and removed or trimmed if it shows signs of discoloration. If you use gravel, wash it thoroughly with each water change.

6. Feed your betta once a day and remove any uneaten food after five minutes with a small fish net. Bettas are finicky. Some will eat only freeze-dried blood worms, but others want pellets or flakes. Some people offer their bettas live food. Talk to the seller.

7. Change the water at least once a week, sooner if it gets cloudy. Wash the bowl and decorations thoroughly. If you use soap, be sure to rinse it completely.

8. Don't put your fishbowl in direct sunlight or by a vent. This is not a fish fry.

9. Put your fish to bed at night (turn off the lights). Give them a period of darkness because fish sleep, too.

10. Buy a good betta book and/or consult Betta Talk at when you get stuck. Keep in mind that even experts do not agree on the details.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Have you been getting the discounts?

Have you been taking advantage of all the discounts to all the online shops that I've found for you all? You can find some links to the right under "Get Discounts at these Shops!".

You can also find top information products by using the "Search" box above.  ClickBank contains some of the most popular online information products and now you can get discounted prices on them through the above search option. Almost every topic imaginable is covered. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

I hope I've made your online experience just a little bit easier.

Enjoy! =)

PS: You will also find an excellent Betta guide through the search box called "Betta lover's Guide". It's a great guide that every betta lover should have!

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Banning Live Fish As Decorations....Justified Or Just Over-reacting?

Here's some Betta fish controversy. What side are you on?



PETA (press release), VA - Aug 3, 2006

Calgary, Alberta — After receiving a letter from PETA that explained the cruelty involved in using betta fish as decorations at corporate events, Canadian ...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Your Betta Made Top Ten!!

Take a look at this article. Betta's have made the 10 simple steps to lower stress list. - You gotta love your Betta.

Relaxation nation: 10 simple steps toward less stress - The State

Relaxation nation: 10 simple steps toward less stress
The State, SC - 13 hours ago
... Volunteer at an animal shelter. 10. If that's too much of a commitment, try getting a colorful betta fish and placing him in a small bowl on your desk at work.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Feed Your Fry!

Here are some helpful quick tips to help you care for your Betta Fry.

You can raise the betta fry in an aquarium, but there are a few important things to remember.

1) You have to feed them several times a day. They can easily starve in a few hours, especially in a "clean" aquarium with no infusoria to graze on. Try boiling an egg, crumbling a tiny part of the yolk into a little water in a jar or something you can shake, and feeding that.

2) You have to change the water almost every day, which can be tricky due to having such tiny fry in the water! But they grow very quickly when given enough water changes and food. (A good way to keep them is in a tank with *no* gravel, only lots of floating plants. Live plants also add a little infusoria, generally).

3) You should keep the tank covered as much as possible to keep the air temperature just above the water the same as the water temperature. When their labyrinth organ first develops, and they go to the surface to breathe, they can develop pneumonia if the air temp is too cold! -heather h.

Feeding Baby Betta Fish.

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Male and Female Betta's in the Same Tank?

Male Betta's are very aggressive fish.  They will even be aggressive towards female Betta's. It's only recommended to have a male and female in the same tank if you are planning to breed them.

Male Betta's will attack and nip at the females and possibly killing them.

So, unless you plan on breeding them, keep them separated in differnt fish tanks.

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Your Betta Have a Swollen Belly?

This may be a simple case of "SWIM BLADDER DISORDER". A rather common betta problem that may be caused by overfeeding your betta.

Your Betta will likely recover on its own if you stop over feeding it. For the time being cut back on your feedings and see if the swollen area reduces.

Betta's with Swim Bladder Disorder are not contagious. Just cut back on the feeding for a while and the swollen belly should go away on it's own. If not, the culprit may be something other then Swim Bladder Disorder.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Betta Compatibility Check List ...

When looking for the best fish to have with your Bettas, here's a few points you should consider. You'll find here:

A few guidelines listed by a Betta enthusiast - It's a short list but still great points to consider before introducing your Betta to other fish.