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Advice column all about aquariums by J. Hotelling

Subject: Beta fish

Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2000 13:12:56 -0500

Hello there!!

I have been given a beta by one of my students. It is the new
thing around this area.. to put a beta in a glass vase with a
plant in the vase. It looks very nice, but I am unsure about the
upkeep of the fish. I did some research and have gotten most of
my questions answered, but I still don't know what temperature
the water in his bowl needs to be. If you could help me out, I
sure would appreciate it.

Thanks, and have a great day!!



Yes the Beta in a vase is the latest in a long line of novelty items, which
are not generally conducive to the livestock kept in them. I will not get
into details except to say that your Betta will probably be fine at your
room temperature. You will not be able to use a heater in the vase, nor
does it ad to the aesthetic of the item. Your next best option is to keep
the vase in a room of average temperature and away from any severe
ventilation. Sudden sways in temperature will introduce more risk than the
temperature itself.

The larger issue here is feeding. Be very careful to only feed the Betta
as much food as he can eat in 2-3 minutes. Overfeeding is the major reason
the livestock does not survive over the initial period of time.

Otherwise just enjoy your new friend. If you should ever partake in the
world of fishkeeping, the reasons many fishkeepers do not care for these
novelty items will become quite apparent.
Happy fishkeeping and you also have a great day!



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