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    Diy quarantine

    So im probably picking up a pair of Betta imbellis soon, but its just some guy and because of that i want to quarantine them, but i dont have any extra tanks or filters around. Maybe someone could rent me a filter or something, and i can put it on a vase. I could also just go Petco style and dump them in a bowl and do a 100% water change each day with warm water

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    They live in small cups for wks in LFS. I'd throw them in a vase with cycled H2O and go from there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BossLoRd View Post
    They live in small cups for wks in LFS. I'd throw them in a vase with cycled H2O and go from there...
    Without water changes? Also this is a different species of betta than the usual ones at pet stores

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    They live in stagnant rice paddies, swamps, roadside ditches in the wild... Same as their cousin splendens... Im sure they'll appreciate the water changes (~_^)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BossLoRd View Post
    They live in stagnant rice paddies, swamps, roadside ditches in the wild... Same as their cousin splendens... Im sure they'll appreciate the water changes (~_^)...
    So just keep em in a bowl for a month and do 100% water changes each day?

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    Also heres the picture that the guy sent me

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    100% seems alot lol... Might stress him out... I'd prolly do 30%. They dont produce as much waste than a goldfish does.

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    He's gorgeous... Ask the guy how often he changes his water. Seems like he keeps him in a jar.

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    Do you have buckets for water changes? You can use it for quarantine.

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    From what i’ve seen, they only keep them in those jars to take a good picture of them, they most likely have their own tank(although putting bettas in jars is common for breeders when they need to separate the males). You can use the Sterilite containers from walmart, really cheap. I’ve used them as a QT for a while, works great. While you’re there, pick up one of those small internal filters and stuff it with some cycled media, and add a heater. This should help as a QT for the month, and depending on the size you pick, you won’t have to do daily water changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryangee123 View Post
    From what i’ve seen, they only keep them in those jars to take a good picture of them, they most likely have their own tank(although putting bettas in jars is common for breeders when they need to separate the males). You can use the Sterilite containers from walmart, really cheap. I’ve used them as a QT for a while, works great. While you’re there, pick up one of those small internal filters and stuff it with some cycled media, and add a heater. This should help as a QT for the month, and depending on the size you pick, you won’t have to do daily water changes.


    They Are kept in small containers for grow out. Once they are older they are upgraded to 1gal jugs and vases where they spend most their lives. You can easily QT a betta in a 5gal bucket as I had done in the past. The farms just use nossles to overflow the containers and do pretty frequent waterchanges as they only need to run the nossle over the containers for a few seconds and move onto the next one, When they prepare to sell the fish they put them in tiny containers for pictures but in general they are in small containers anyways.

    Im not saying to keep a betta in a tiny container but it certainly is possible if you just want to qt new arrivals. I qted mine in a 5gal bucket with an almond leaf in the past with no issues.

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    Ok thanks for everyones advice, ill get a 5 gallon bucket and put some plastic wrap with holes on the top. Ill put some almond leaves and duckweed in and ill do 50% water changes once a week for a month.

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    Ok, slight changes to the plan. I'll use 2 vases and just use a ton of plants for filtration. I traded some salvinia for a clump of java moss at Mark's tropical fish and that should grow well.

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    Heres the setup so far

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    Also how should i sanitize the vases?

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    Did you end up contacting the guy I told you about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPDTimmy View Post
    Did you end up contacting the guy I told you about?
    Yeah, he says he does 100% evey 2 weeks

    EDIT: He texted again and said once a week is better, he's just busy

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    Just wash the vase throughly with water and no soap. And if you aren't picking up the betta yet than you can leave water in it until then and rinse it out. Try to keep the vase somewhere warm. My neighbor keeps the betta in his garage which is usually warmer than the house. I would just buy a 10 dollar filter on amazon and use that instead of daily water changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPDTimmy View Post
    Just wash the vase throughly with water and no soap. And if you aren't picking up the betta yet than you can leave water in it until then and rinse it out. Try to keep the vase somewhere warm. My neighbor keeps the betta in his garage which is usually warmer than the house. I would just buy a 10 dollar filter on amazon and use that instead of daily water changes.
    Someone else told me that i could use hydrogen peroxide on paper towels to wipe it down, then rinse it out. Also i know i should get a filter, and I want to, but for some reason my mom doesn't want to get anything else. she had fish when she was a kid and she said she never did that so she doesn't see why i have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCas View Post
    Someone else told me that i could use hydrogen peroxide on paper towels to wipe it down, then rinse it out. Also i know i should get a filter, and I want to, but for some reason my mom doesn't want to get anything else. she had fish when she was a kid and she said she never did that so she doesn't see why i have to.

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    That is the same with my dad. We use to keep it in a 2 gallon bowl with no filter or heater and I mean it works, but daily water changes is required. Plus when you change the water you have to use the water conditioner to treat it. Usually the life of the betta is cut short because of this. They thrive better in warmer water especially during the cold season. The betta my dad kept lived for approx 1-2 years while mine live up to 3-5 years so far in a 5 gallon tank with heater and filter. Just my experience since I kept them for quite a long time now, but entirely up to you.

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