Posts by Christie F.

About Christie F.

Christie F is a Betta splendens hobbyist that enjoys spending time caring for her fish and helping new betta keepers learn the ropes.

Glossary: Water Parameters

Red Originally uploaded by bikeracer. Glossary: Water Parameters When your Betta is sick and you turn to a seasoned aquarist for advice, whether it be at your local fish store, an online web forum, or aquarium club; one of the first things you will be asked is for information on your water parameters. We throw [...]

Stringy Fiber on Betta’s Gills

Fenris Originally uploaded by girlpirate. Q: JG wrote, Several weeks ago on one of my Bettas a white thing appeared at one of its gills. It was small, about one or two millimetres long. It could be seen only rarely, perhaps about once per week or less. One person (who did not see it) thought [...]

Buying Doubletail Bettas Online

doubletail butterfly Originally uploaded by revs45. Q: Anon wrote, I’d like to buy a doubletail male Betta splendens. Currently my LFS only sells crowntails and veiltails. Can you recommend a breeder or online store that sells DTs? Thanks in advance. A: Doubletail Bettas (sometimes called twin tail bettas) are beautiful and I totally understand why [...]

Housing Bettas with Goldfish

Jetsam the goldfish Originally uploaded by Robert Seber. Q: Anon wrote, I want to get another Siamese Fighting Fish but don’t want to have to set up a whole new aquarium just for him and I don’t like the idea of using tiny bowls. I currently have a 10 gallon with 2 fantail goldfish. Can [...]

The Freshwater Aquarium: A Newsgroup Review

The Freshwater Aquarium discusses all aspects of freshwater fishkeeping. Tropical fish, aquatic plants, and their care. African cichlids, bettas, goldfish, oscars, koi, tetras and discus. Also discussion of fish tank setups, pond design, filters, heaters, gravel, lighting, and anything that applies to aquaria or ponds. I wanted to review the The Freshwater Aquarium newsgroup because [...]

Terracotta in the Aquarium

Killer, September 4, 2004 Originally uploaded by flaring.      Q: C wrote, Is it ok to add a small terracotta pot to my betta’s aquarium? A: While it’s always safest to add only decorations to our tanks that are manufactured specifically for aquarium use, often we are inspired to add everyday items to our [...]

Betta Tankmates: Neon Tetras

Neon Tetras Originally uploaded by Big-E-Mr-G. Q: G wrote, Do Neon Tetras make good tank mates for male bettas? How many can go in a 10 gallon aquarium? A: Neon Tetras (Paracheirodon innesi) may make good tank mates for your male Betta if the circumstances are right. The basics for success are already there. Both [...]

Tail Biting Bettas

Sarge1: Crowntail Betta Originally uploaded by Aimzee. Healthy crowntail male Betta splendens. Q: N wrote, I think I have a tail biter. His caudal fin is shredded and there is nothing in the tank that could be doing it to him. No sharp plants or other fish. I have dealt with fin rot before with [...]

Blind Betta: Lunges at Food

balls Originally uploaded by john.nathaniel. Q: AC wrote, I think my Betta might be going blind. When I drop pellets into his tank he lunges several times before he catches them and sometimes doesn’t catch them at all. I feel bad for him. A: I get this question more often then you’d believe. I think [...]

Interview with TYNK7: Breeding Bettas

playing Originally uploaded by flaring. TYNK7 is a Bettas splendens enthusiast who has been keeping Bettas for 28 years and breeding them for 20 years. This self titled “backyard breeder with a conscience” represents many of use who have an interest breeding quality bettas but who haven’t gotten involved in fish shows or large scale [...]

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