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How long do bettas live?

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How long do bettas live?

Post by Nataliey on Tue Nov 09, 2010 3:05 am

Im just wondering how long bettas generally live from your point of view, i have looked up on the internet that they can live upto 2 years but can they live longer?

Im only asking as 1 of my oldest betta's at 18 months old is looking grim he's always been very active and eating well, always nosey, but lately he's looking 'old' like an old man! He's still eating but he's now started to hide in his coconut cave and only generally coming out to take a breath and at meal times.

What are the signs of being old?
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Re: How long do bettas live?

Post by 2tall on Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:53 am

I'v heard two to three years is the average. I heard a story(hear I believe)
of one living either 5 or 7 years I think. Sounds far fetched to me, but I
suppose its possible.

Of course I haven't been in it long enough to speak from firsthand experience.

Signs of being old. I'm not posting a picture of myself!
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Re: How long do bettas live?

Post by Nataliey on Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:59 am

LOL!! your funny Dave and i wouldnt class you as old!

I need to test my water to see if there's anything wrong with it.
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Re: How long do bettas live?

Post by kizno1 on Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:01 am

I think they should given the conditions they need to thrive make 3 easy. I would say3-5 if how long they should last but there are those that live 7-8 years.
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Re: How long do bettas live?

Post by 2tall on Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:04 am

How about seasoned then?

Is he in a divided tank or by himself? Always good to check water conditions.
I'm fairly confident in my routine as far as wc's but like to spot check once in
awhile for peace of mind.
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Post by 2tall on Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:07 am

kizno1 wrote:I think they should given the conditions they need to thrive make 3 easy. I would say3-5 if how long they should last but there are those that live 7-8 years.

See what I know! Maybe I should keep my fingers tied! Would be excellent if they lived to 7-8 years, but
right now I'll settle for one and go from there.
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Post by kizno1 on Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:24 am

Haha you where right aswell. The average in an aquariums is probable only 1-3 years and thats for well cared for ones i was meaning given perfect conditions i think 3-5 would be about normal.
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Re: How long do bettas live?

Post by Nataliey on Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:26 am

F.Banks wrote:How about seasoned then?

Is he in a divided tank or by himself? Always good to check water conditions.
I'm fairly confident in my routine as far as wc's but like to spot check once in
awhile for peace of mind.

I did my tests and got:
Ammonia ~ 0.25
PH ~ 7.6
NitrIte ~ 0
NitrAte ~ 0

Time out has explained to me what i need to do on another forum, so its a 50% water change tonight.
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Re: How long do bettas live?

Post by silverrabbit on Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:28 am

Hope the water change helps him pick up Smile
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Re: How long do bettas live?

Post by 2tall on Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:30 am

Me too! It won't hurt!
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Re: How long do bettas live?

Post by Nataliey on Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:32 am

Thanks both of you.x
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Re: How long do bettas live?

Post by kizno1 on Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:33 am

Nataliey wrote:
F.Banks wrote:How about seasoned then?

Is he in a divided tank or by himself? Always good to check water conditions.
I'm fairly confident in my routine as far as wc's but like to spot check once in
awhile for peace of mind.

I did my tests and got:
Ammonia ~ 0.25
PH ~ 7.6
NitrIte ~ 0
NitrAte ~ 0

Time out has explained to me what i need to do on another forum, so its a 50% water change tonight.

Im sure she has already said it then but just incase. There should never be any Ammonia or Nitrites at all. Anything above 0 is bad for the fish and if it goes about .5 they your likely to end up with a load of dead fish.
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Re: How long do bettas live?

Post by Nataliey on Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:38 am

Thanks Kiz yes she said that but thanks for making sure. There's only 2 bettas in that tank.
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Re: How long do bettas live?

Post by Nataliey on Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:28 am

He didnt survive he turned very pale before he died and clamped up Sad Now Silvia is my eldest betta at 18 months old she's looking good still.
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Re: How long do bettas live?

Post by silverrabbit on Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:31 pm

Aw sorry hun Sad
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