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July 13, 2004


Keith Povall

You and your bloody beta fish... I kept fish when I was a teenager and on reading your misfotunes couldn't think what you were on about. It's a Siamese fighting fish no ?

Rather like Monty Python's Norwegian Blue (which was a parrot), beautiful plumage.



Yes, they used to be called Siamese Fighting Fish, which is really a much better name than "beta," but perhaps a little too vicious-sounding for effective marketing purposes. They are notable for their lovely plumage...


Hmm, I wonder if the fish would feel like they had more company and be yet happier if you put them at a level that the cats could look in on them. And, I wonder if the cats would really eat them, as they are wont to do in the cartoons. A puzzlement . . .


Maybe you're really more of a "cat person." :)

Linda Graham

I purchased my first Betta on August 21, and this morning when I woke up, he had died and was sucked into the filter.:( I gave Hyrum (I already named him and was really attached) a buriel at sea and promptly called the Pet Store where I had purchased him for advice. The Pet Club representative was very courteous and told me to bring in a sample of the water and they would give me a replacement fish. Today I went and got another Betta. The water tested find, however he did give me some advice on the tank and filter that I purchased and he told me to turn the suction way down, so the fish would not have to fight the current. I brought my new fish home, fed him and told my husband that he could name him this time. :) Wish us luck!


At the moment I have 4 beta's. I have 2 males and 2 females. Other websites, and pet stores told me that it is alright to put 2 females together. However, the morning after I got them, I caught them fighting. I poked them with a net, but they wouldn't stop. So I had to go buy another tank. Now one of the females has a fungal infection. It has the white cotton-like fluff all over it, and is a bit discoloured. I figure that since I have 4 already, it's not worth spending more money trying to save her. I'm not sure what to do with it though, so at the moment, I have her in it's regular tank. I'm not sure if I should just flush her. She's already starting to wear off, and I feel bad. But i don't know what to do. If you have any suggestions, please post them. Thank you!


I have a question for Beta fish owners. We did not know much about Beta fish and yesterday put a new male in with our female. At first he appeared agressive, now they seem to be doing some sort of love dance. They are not agressive towards each other. Looking for some info on breeding habits of Betas. Thanks, Lisa
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Hi, I have two male bettas (seperate bowls) Olaf and Sven, and Olaf has developed one large whitish spot on his back. Ive been treating for ick (two weeks), but it hasnt gone away, could this be the "cottony" fungal infection you speak of? its not really raised or anything, just discolored- and he isnt acting sick. What should my next move be? I dont want to lose the little guy!

Sara Wilson

I know how you feel!!!! One of my beta fish died and it was WHITE!!!! My mom had said, "I have never in my life seen a white beta fish!"

~Sara Wilson


Im so worried!!! Yesterday I noticed that my fishy Momo has this weird white stuff on his body and fins! If I wanted to I could probably whipe it off. There are no soars or anything but Im so scared for him! :(
What can I do I dont have the money to take him to a vet or anything like that. I was thinking that I could just change his water and he might get over it, but that idea is a little far fetched. I need advice badly PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!

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