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Myths About Betta Fish

I’m sick of the pet industry always fucking animals like the betta over so let’s get some things straight
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MYTH: bettas like small spaces, they live in small rice paddies in the wild
REALITY: No they absolutely do not, sure some survive this, but it’s a cruel life to live. Rice paddies are actually quite big although shallow, the average male betta has about 3 feet of its own territory in the wild. Bettas need AT LEAST 2.5 gallons, but a 5-10 g is even better. You can get a 3 g tank from petco for like $10
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MYTH: you should feed your betta whenever it is hungry
REALITY: a bettas stomach is the size of its eyeball, it is very easy to overfeed. I feed my betta 3 pellets twice a day, but lots of people feed at different times with different food so I suggest doing some research and deciding what works best for you.
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MYTH: bettas are lazy
REALITY: bettas are inactive in small tanks because they’re aware that they have no space to swim and will hit walls, in larger tanks bettas are very active
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MYTH: bettas can only be kept alone
REALITY: it is true that male betta fish cannot be kept with any other betta, but (depending on the bettas personality) bettas can be kept with fish that are smaller and drab looking that won’t bite your bettas tail. I keep my betta with 2 snails and 5 ghost shrimp and he rarely bothers them. Female bettas can be kept in groups of 5 which is called a sorority. Keep in mind that these options are only possible in large tanks with lots of hiding spots.
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MYTH: bettas will eat live plants so you don’t have to feed them if you have plants in the tank
REALITY: bettas are CARNIVORES. They won’t eat plants, they will eat blood worms and brine shrimp which you can buy frozen. In fact feeding real prey is good along with pellets or flakes.
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MYTH: bettas don’t need filtration or heat
REALITY: they need both. As far as filtration goes, strong currents don’t mix well with bettas so a sponge filter is best.
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MYTH: bettas only live a couple months anyway, why should I be doing all this?
REALITY: with proper care, bettas can live 5 years.
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MYTH: bettas and all other fish are dumb
REALITY: bettas are actually very smart and trainable. Mine was taught to jump out of the water on command and come when called (by wiggling fingers). Some people have taught bettas harder tricks such as going through a hoop. They can even learn when meal time is and be ready for it.
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MYTH: My child will take care of the betta
REALITY: your child will lose interest within a week, YOU will be taking care of their fish. If you’re not okay with that don’t buy your kid a fish.
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MYTH: I should completely change the tank each time I clean it
REALITY: you should instead do frequent partial water changes of about 40% of the water
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MYTH: bettas are throw away pets
REALITY: there is no such thing as a throw away pet and if you think there is you shouldn’t own pets

Please always read care sheets before buying a pet because -newsflash- PET STORES LIE.
*drops mic*

Just because incompatible animals are not actively fighting one another or showing obvious signs of neglect does not mean they are not stressed.

There is no basic moral difference between housing incompatible / solitary animals together if they never ever not once fight or fight all of the time - both are wrong and unnecessary. 

Actual, observable, physical, wounding fighting is the CLIMAX of stress, not the beginning. 

Your incompatible animals are not “fine” if they do not fight. Fighting takes energy and is even more stressful, and a lot of times stress can even inhibit aggression. This does not mean the animals are not stressed in their situation.

You are not special or cool, you do not defy animal behavior and biology, if you are keeping solitary animals together they undoubtedly are experiencing stress. You choose to ignore how these animals live in nature or how they are bred to behave - how they are biologically programmed and should be kept in your home, without exception - and put their welfare at risk for your selfishness, with I’m sure very few and very rare exceptions. Guidelines and standards of care, including housing and cohabitation, are not based on a roll of dice. They exist to best replicate the animal’s natural environment where they are most suited to live and most comfortable in. The satisfaction of or neglect of those standards directly correlates to the animal’s health and well-being or lack thereof. 

Stop putting your ego before what is best for the animals in your care.

::UPDATE:: 5-24-17

Hey there! Thank you everyone who has commissioned me so far! My fiance finally got a job, and he will be starting next month. However, we need to move for his job, so we need to save up money to move within the next month. So I will be doing another sale on my charms. Please reblog if you can, we need all the help we can get to afford to move until he actually starts working said job. 

This update does NOT include people who’ve already paid and I’m working on their item. While I do offer more than fish, I have to change my sale. This sale is for fish, and other more simpler animals. I’ve been getting more detailed animals (cats, dogs, lizards/geckos) and they’re just too much time and work to have for only $25.  I’ll still offer my charms at a discounted price, but unless it’s a fish or something simple (frogs, bugs) it won’t be $25. I also will not be doing crown-tail betta for $25. They are too difficult and time consuming, but I will do them at a discount still. They are $35 as opposed to $50. 

Please send an email to charminglytangible@gmail.com with a reference photos. Payment secures a spot. 

Thank you everyone who has purchased from me in the past. Thank you everyone who reblogs.

Hey Fishblr!

Reblog if you keep:
-bettas (fancy or wild. All bettas are beautiful)
-tetras (if you keep bloodfins message me. I’ve been doing a research project on them for my degree)
-any kind of catfish
-platys
-shrimp
-puffers
-danios
-goldfish
-mollies
I’ll follow you
OR
If you:
-are a new fish keeper
-experienced fish keeper
-or just really like fish
I’ll follow you.

PLEASE message me if you keep bloodfins though. I would like to share my research and experience with anyone who shares an interest in the underrated fish.

Reblog if you are a fishblr blog, please!

I need more fishy blogs to follow! I don’t really care what types of fish you post/reblog, but I am mostly into betta fish and shrimp at the moment! I would love to see other types of underwater creatures. You get bonus points if you post a lot and are not just a reblog blog :0

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Hey guys… Blaze developed a lump today. He has shown no symptoms and is his regular active self. He is very skinny, and I believe always has been, though I feed him the proper amount and good foods. I’ve been told he could have an internal infection or a tumor. It looks spiked, like the scales are raised.

What do you think, and what should I do?

Please reblog if you can ♡ Thank you all so much

Reblog and I'll follow you!

I still don’t follow many people, so if your blog is about any of these reblog and I’ll follow you!

Bettas
Planted aquarium
Horses
Ferrets
Dragons
Vet or vet student
Other petblr or fishblr
Art (I may or may not follow but I’ll take a look!)