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.

Plastic Plants OK for Betta?

Q: TF wrote, Christie, I can’t afford live plants for my betta tank. Can I use plastic plants instead? A: As long as the plants you choose don’t have sharp pieces that will tear fragile betta fins it doesn’t matter if they are real or fake. A helpful way to determine if your plants are [...]

Betta Water Temperature

Q: IW wrote, My local fish store told me I didn’t need a heater for my betta tank. Is this true? A: A betta tank should be warm and stable at an optimal temperature of about 78F (25.5C). A few wild species of bettas are naturally found in waters in the low 70s but the [...]

Betta with Clamped Fins

Q: RF wrote, Hi Christie,I recently bought a betta fish. It was the healthiest looking one I couldfind but one of his fins is clamped. I don’t know why and like to cure itif I can. On the previous site I could find clamped fins under theSymptoms/illness & disease but now I can’t see that [...]

Housing Males with Females

Q: KD Wrote, Can you put a male and female betta together? What are the precaustions we should know.Is nipping at each other common? A: Unless you are spawning you really don’t want to keep male and female bettas together. Even when you are trying to breed them it’s not uncommon for one or both [...]

Constipated Betta

Q: LR Wrote: Hi Christie, I really need you help. My betta is severely constipatedand I have tried to do everything possible, I tried to give him the Daphniaand he won’t eat anything but pellets. He was eating bloodworms when thishappened. I have soaked him in Epson salt bath, but that doesn’t seem tohelp. What [...] ReDesigned!

I have reposted the new There are still some issues to work out. I have noticed that Explorer makes it look a little funny but all in all, I’m pleased. I could not have anticipated it’s success. It’s had over 30,000 hits since its original launching in January 2005. I think the new layout [...]

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29 Gal Set Up

I purchased three tanks for breeding Dwarf Gouramis. Buying them new would be too expensive so I posted a wanted add on and let the tanks come to me. I ended up with a 29 gal [110 ltr] main tank and a 10 gal [38 ltr] rearing that I purchased from a young woman [...]

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