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Aquarium Supplies Part 1 -- My First Experience With Bettas


Keeping fish as pets takes more than just feeding them and changing the water every once in a while. Sadly, many people aren't aware of that and they just buy aquarium fish because they're attractive. After a short while the fish start to get sick and die one after the other, and the newbie would lose interest in the hobby and give it up all together.

Basic knowledge of fish keeping, together with the right aquarium supplies, is crucial to the livelihood and longevity of your fish. It's important to maintain the optimum living conditions for your fish and other living things you may have in your aquarium if you are to enjoy them for a long time.

To illustrate this, I shall share with you my own experiences when I got started with this hobby for the very first time as a child. The first experience was with bettas and the second with goldfish; two different kinds of fish with different requirements.

My first pet fish were a pair of bettas (a male and a female) which my mom bought me because she knew that I liked fish and felt sorry for me because a toy fish was all I had.

We put the bettas in a small plastic jar with a floating live plant. The male was aggressive. He continuously chased after the female and attacked her until she was full of bruises. One night, running out of place to hide, the female desperately jumped out of the water onto the floor. Fortunately I was nearby and was able to save her.

My mom then suggested that we separate the fish. So we put the female in a different jar. However, I felt that the female was lonely. So one day I asked my mom if I could buy another fish. There was a beautiful green male betta that I decided to buy.

At that time I didn't know that bettas were fighting fish and that the males would fight with each other. So at first I decided to put the new male in the same container as the first male. I knew the first male was aggressive and I just wondered how he would react toward another male.

To my amazement the two males fought with each other and there was no sign that they would stop. After a while I got worried. I didn't want any of them to die so I finally separated them and put the new male together with the female, and to my pleasant surprise they got along pretty well.

However, that little jar was kind of small for a pair of fish although they got along. So, we decided to move the fish to a much larger plastic container. Later I added a couple more females so that it became sort of a betta community tank.

Being fascinated by the beauty of the male bettas, I bought a couple more and put each in individual jars. I fed them dried food and occasionally bread. However, I fed them too much. The water would become cloudy fast from fish waste and uneaten food. So, I completely changed the water every other day. I would fill up the jar with new water right from the tap.

As you might guess, the fish didn't last very long. After only a few months they started to get sick and eventually one after the other died.

Dirty water, untreated new water, fluctuating water temperatures, and trauma from being moved frequently during water changes were some of the factors that contributed to the fish's low resistance to diseases.

Although it's acceptable to keep bettas in relatively small containers without aeration, it would be much better to put them in a tank of at least 2 gallons, and you would still need to observe certain basic things such as not feeding them too much and setting aside new water to equilibrate the temperature and remove chorine prior to water changes.

I was only about 10 years old at the time and didn't know anything about fish keeping. Neither did my mom. Also, back then there were very few books about aquarium fish and the aquarium supplies were not as sophisticated as they are today.

Today, there are plenty of good books and magazines as well as web sites about fish aquariums. So, if you're serious about taking up this hobby, you should start by reading a few of them and gain the basic knowledge before you even buy your aquarium and fish.

In the next article you will learn what happened when I tried to keep some goldfish, also with very little knowledge. In the mean time I invite you to visit my web site (see below) to learn more about aquarium fish keeping.

About the author:

Jonathan Wangsa is the webmaster of All About Aquarium Supplies. There you can find resources and information about aquarium supplies and other aquarium related topics. Whether you're an expert or a newbie, you can also share your own experiences.

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Lifelike robotic pets are helping isolated seniors avoid loneliness  CNN

Greenlin Pet Resorts offers a perfect getaway for pets - ABC27
Greenlin Pet Resorts offers a perfect getaway for pets  ABC27

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Are you worried about leaving your pet home alone post-pandemic?  pennlive.com

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Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane Society – Pasadena Weekendr  Pasadena Now

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International study indicates shift to raw/home-made food diet for pets over past decade  Jill Lopez

Furever Friends: Adoptable pets available - WJAC Johnstown
Furever Friends: Adoptable pets available  WJAC Johnstown

Many Americans have adopted pets amid Covid-19. But beware the costs - CNBC
Many Americans have adopted pets amid Covid-19. But beware the costs  CNBC

Pets of the Week: Aug.11 | The Herald-News - The Herald-News
Pets of the Week: Aug.11 | The Herald-News  The Herald-News

All About Pets: Remember — make mealtime special for your pets - Prescott Daily Courier
All About Pets: Remember — make mealtime special for your pets  Prescott Daily Courier

#ClearTheShelters Pet Gallery: Adopt one of these lovable pets at a local shelter near you - WAVY.com
#ClearTheShelters Pet Gallery: Adopt one of these lovable pets at a local shelter near you  WAVY.com

Lubbock Animal Shelter sees increase in lost pets, urges owners to microchip - KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com
Lubbock Animal Shelter sees increase in lost pets, urges owners to microchip  KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com

Pets enjoy a seat at the quarantined family dinner table - Supermarket News
Pets enjoy a seat at the quarantined family dinner table  Supermarket News

Why the French are 'European champions' at abandoning pets - BBC News
Why the French are 'European champions' at abandoning pets  BBC News

Pets of the Week for Aug. 11, 2020 - WKRN News 2
Pets of the Week for Aug. 11, 2020  WKRN News 2

Looking after pets as Texas heat indexes remain high - Katy Times
Looking after pets as Texas heat indexes remain high  Katy Times

How to Help Your Pet With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety - The New York Times
How to Help Your Pet With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety  The New York Times

Wilson woman captures pets through her art - WIVB.com - News 4
Wilson woman captures pets through her art  WIVB.com - News 4

Robotic pets used to remedy loneliness in nursing homes across Alabama - WKRN News 2
Robotic pets used to remedy loneliness in nursing homes across Alabama  WKRN News 2

New Boundary Plus Smart™ System Provides Smarter Security for Pets - PRNewswire
New Boundary Plus Smart™ System Provides Smarter Security for Pets  PRNewswire

Harriette Cole: Dog mom defends ‘over-the-top’ pet funeral - The Mercury News
Harriette Cole: Dog mom defends ‘over-the-top’ pet funeral  The Mercury News

Trupanion Reveals 20 Unique Pet Names That Are Truly Awesome - GlobeNewswire
Trupanion Reveals 20 Unique Pet Names That Are Truly Awesome  GlobeNewswire

East Bay pets of the week for Aug. 14 - East Bay Times
East Bay pets of the week for Aug. 14  East Bay Times

N.J. pets in need: Aug. 10, 2020 - nj.com
N.J. pets in need: Aug. 10, 2020  nj.com

Pets of the Week | Pets - Index-Journal
Pets of the Week | Pets  Index-Journal

New Boundary Plus Smart(TM) System Provides Smarter Security for Pets - Tullahoma News and Guardian
New Boundary Plus Smart(TM) System Provides Smarter Security for Pets  Tullahoma News and Guardian

Austin company paying employees to adopt pets, encourages 'pawternity leave' - FOX 7 Austin
Austin company paying employees to adopt pets, encourages 'pawternity leave'  FOX 7 Austin

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Animal Rescue Groups Try To Curb Pet Overpopulation As Some Shelters Are Overcrowded | 90.1 FM WABE  WABE 90.1 FM

Northport Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Dexter And Rita - Northport, NY Patch
Northport Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Dexter And Rita  Northport, NY Patch

PET TALK: Outdoor time increases pet's exposure to insect stings - New Castle News
PET TALK: Outdoor time increases pet's exposure to insect stings  New Castle News

Wayside Waifs, Unleashed Pet Rescue present sweet animals waiting to be adopted - Kansas City Star
Wayside Waifs, Unleashed Pet Rescue present sweet animals waiting to be adopted  Kansas City Star

Pets of the Week: Aug. 10 - White County News
Pets of the Week: Aug. 10  White County News

Tips on keeping pets safe during summer months - Fox 59
Tips on keeping pets safe during summer months  Fox 59

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Did your pet seem to ‘know’ the earthquake was coming?  WBTV

Letters: Coyote issues? Obey leash law, don't leave pet food out - The Advocate
Letters: Coyote issues? Obey leash law, don't leave pet food out  The Advocate

Arlington: Pets Of The Week - Meet Sprinkles And Apricot - Patch.com
Arlington: Pets Of The Week - Meet Sprinkles And Apricot  Patch.com

Key to harmonious pet relationships: Pheromones - Science Daily
Key to harmonious pet relationships: Pheromones  Science Daily

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We aren't ticking around — parasites are serious  MSUToday

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Richard - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Richard  KCBD

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Zero-waste disposal achieved by pet product giant  VeterinaryPracticeNews.com

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Pet-Friendly Design Tips – Pasadena Weekendr  Pasadena Now

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Toxic Algae That Can Harm Humans, Pets Found In 2 County Lakes  Rockville, MD Patch

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Want to keep spoiling your pets during the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s the latest in 'pet tech'  USA TODAY

SMVHS Pet of the Week: Blanca - Lompoc Record
SMVHS Pet of the Week: Blanca  Lompoc Record

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Be careful not to leave children or pets inside vehicles in summer heat  Parker Pioneer

VIVA Pet of the Week: Juice and Julius - Lompoc Record
VIVA Pet of the Week: Juice and Julius  Lompoc Record

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PET OF THE WEEK, AUG. 10, 2020: MEET MARIGOLD  wvua23.com

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In Central Illinois, some pig owners fight local governments to keep their pets  Herald & Review

Fargo man accused of starting fire that killed pets sentenced to prison - INFORUM
Fargo man accused of starting fire that killed pets sentenced to prison  INFORUM

Pet cats in Texas first in state to test positive for coronavirus - FOX 13 Tampa Bay
Pet cats in Texas first in state to test positive for coronavirus  FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Coronavirus in pets, French research strategy and a duplication detector - Nature.com
Coronavirus in pets, French research strategy and a duplication detector  Nature.com

Good Day Pets – Meet Oliver! - KCAU 9
Good Day Pets – Meet Oliver!  KCAU 9

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Rico - TAPinto.net
Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Rico  TAPinto.net

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Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday: Peach, Doug & Laker - 9 & 10 News  9&10 News

Gateway Pet Guardians to open new East St. Louis clinic - KSDK.com
Gateway Pet Guardians to open new East St. Louis clinic  KSDK.com

Our Pets Heads Are Falling Off - College and Magnolia
Our Pets Heads Are Falling Off  College and Magnolia

Pumpkin Pet Insurance is Now Available in All 50 US States - PRNewswire
Pumpkin Pet Insurance is Now Available in All 50 US States  PRNewswire

Alligators make terrible pets: 'You're basically dealing with a dinosaur.' - National Geographic
Alligators make terrible pets: 'You're basically dealing with a dinosaur.'  National Geographic

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Getting Answers: What if my pet shows signs of COVID-19?  KVOA Tucson News

Vicksburg Living wants to feature your family's pets in upcoming edition - The Vicksburg Post - Vicksburg Post
Vicksburg Living wants to feature your family's pets in upcoming edition - The Vicksburg Post  Vicksburg Post

Pets of the Week: Rico and Tigger - Daily Bulldog
Pets of the Week: Rico and Tigger  Daily Bulldog

Low-Cost Pet Vaccines for Winnebago County Residents - q985online.com
Low-Cost Pet Vaccines for Winnebago County Residents  q985online.com

Harris County Pets announces free adoption days in August - KTRK-TV
Harris County Pets announces free adoption days in August  KTRK-TV

App Uses Pet Selfies to ID Shelter Pets - Bay News 9
App Uses Pet Selfies to ID Shelter Pets  Bay News 9

Historic Main St, newly remodled, No smoker/No pets. 1BR apt - Bradford Era
Historic Main St, newly remodled, No smoker/No pets. 1BR apt  Bradford Era

Austin startup giving employees $300 per year to adopt a pet - KXAN.com
Austin startup giving employees $300 per year to adopt a pet  KXAN.com

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Titan - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Titan  KCBD

This $150 Pet Feeder Saved My Sanity When I Got a Second Cat - Gizmodo
This $150 Pet Feeder Saved My Sanity When I Got a Second Cat  Gizmodo

Pet Advice: Adverse reactions to vaccinations - KSNT News
Pet Advice: Adverse reactions to vaccinations  KSNT News

Livestock and Pet Owners Should Be Aware of Tick Season - Wgnsradio
Livestock and Pet Owners Should Be Aware of Tick Season  Wgnsradio

United States Pet Market Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis - PRNewswire
United States Pet Market Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis  PRNewswire

Army vet finds peace fostering pets, finding them homes - ArmyTimes.com
Army vet finds peace fostering pets, finding them homes  ArmyTimes.com

San Antonio Pets Alive! places two dogs up for adoption after owner dies of COVID-19 complications - KSAT San Antonio
San Antonio Pets Alive! places two dogs up for adoption after owner dies of COVID-19 complications  KSAT San Antonio

COVID-19 can affect pets; cases confirmed | AgriLife Today - AgriLife Today
COVID-19 can affect pets; cases confirmed | AgriLife Today  AgriLife Today

Homeward Bound: Pets' Incredible COVID-19 Journeys To Reunite With Owners - NPR
Homeward Bound: Pets' Incredible COVID-19 Journeys To Reunite With Owners  NPR

Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest finds homes for Florida dogs - The Spokesman-Review
Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest finds homes for Florida dogs  The Spokesman-Review

Pasco to end retail pet store sales of dogs and cats - Tampa Bay Times
Pasco to end retail pet store sales of dogs and cats  Tampa Bay Times

Tim’s Travels: Gateway Pet Guardians opens first-ever vet clinic in East St. Louis - fox2now.com
Tim’s Travels: Gateway Pet Guardians opens first-ever vet clinic in East St. Louis  fox2now.com

PHOTOS: Local family-owned pet store survives during COVID-19 pandemic - WWLP.com
PHOTOS: Local family-owned pet store survives during COVID-19 pandemic  WWLP.com

Tampa ranked most pet-friendly city in the US - WTSP.com
Tampa ranked most pet-friendly city in the US  WTSP.com

Pet of the Day: Peaches - FOX 4 Dallas
Pet of the Day: Peaches  FOX 4 Dallas

How to turn your pet into Disney dog with new Snapchat filter - RadioTimes
How to turn your pet into Disney dog with new Snapchat filter  RadioTimes

Pet food pantry fundraiser being held in honor of Dick Goddard - WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland
Pet food pantry fundraiser being held in honor of Dick Goddard  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

Carhops Distributed Free Pet Food at This Giveback Pantry - NBC Southern California
Carhops Distributed Free Pet Food at This Giveback Pantry  NBC Southern California

Woman speaking out after her pet was attacked by two unleashed dogs in Clinton - WCVB Boston
Woman speaking out after her pet was attacked by two unleashed dogs in Clinton  WCVB Boston

Majority of Pet Owners Give Their Pets Some Homemade Food - The Bark
Majority of Pet Owners Give Their Pets Some Homemade Food  The Bark

The pandemic's unlikely pet: Chickens - CNN
The pandemic's unlikely pet: Chickens  CNN

La Crescent Animal Rescue Pet of the Week: Lady - FOX 25/48 - WiProud.com
La Crescent Animal Rescue Pet of the Week: Lady  FOX 25/48 - WiProud.com

Pandemic from a pet’s perspective: Sun Messages - cleveland.com
Pandemic from a pet’s perspective: Sun Messages  cleveland.com

Pets - Anti Aging News
Pets  Anti Aging News

Owners warned stop kissing pets as U.K. latest to sound the alert over cat infected with coronavirus - MarketWatch
Owners warned stop kissing pets as U.K. latest to sound the alert over cat infected with coronavirus  MarketWatch

Clear the Shelters Presents Virtual ‘Bark Week' Pet Adoption Event - NBC 10 Philadelphia
Clear the Shelters Presents Virtual ‘Bark Week' Pet Adoption Event  NBC 10 Philadelphia

Wasilla man attempted to escape arrest through small pet door, troopers say - Anchorage Daily News
Wasilla man attempted to escape arrest through small pet door, troopers say  Anchorage Daily News

Pandemic got you down? Here are some funny pet pics - SFGate
Pandemic got you down? Here are some funny pet pics  SFGate

Pet Vet: Cancer in Pets - WNDU
Pet Vet: Cancer in Pets  WNDU

These 14 adoptable pets are sure to make you smile: July 18-19 - SILive.com
These 14 adoptable pets are sure to make you smile: July 18-19  SILive.com

Pets Are Keeping People Sane During the Pandemic - LA Magazine
Pets Are Keeping People Sane During the Pandemic  LA Magazine

The Villages issues reminder about leashing and picking up after pets - Villages-News
The Villages issues reminder about leashing and picking up after pets  Villages-News

Lemonade launches pet insurance - TechCrunch
Lemonade launches pet insurance  TechCrunch

New Houston pet adoption event helps you find a furry friend for free - CultureMap Houston
New Houston pet adoption event helps you find a furry friend for free  CultureMap Houston

Our Pets May Harbor Much More Than Coronavirus - The Scientist
Our Pets May Harbor Much More Than Coronavirus  The Scientist

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