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Sturdy fish?

My son wants a fishtank for his birthday. Are there any fish that last for awhile? Someone suggested Beta fish.

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Asked by angiemgiu at 7:31 PM on Dec. 28, 2010 in Pets

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  • betas are really hard to kill, but you only want ONE male in the tank, they will fight to the death with other males. They do make beta tanks where you put one on each side so they flare at each other but can't attack.

    Answer by scout_mom at 7:32 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • betas are good

    Answer by Patience909 at 7:35 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • I agree with the beta fish another fun one that can be in the same tank is the underwater frog that PetSmart & Petco sell in the freshwater fish section.

    Answer by greensavvymama at 7:36 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Can you put them in a tank with a filter or do they have to stay in the little bowl?

    Comment by angiemgiu (original poster) at 7:37 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Gouramis are hardy fish and so are Tetras.

    Answer by Bethsunshine at 7:45 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Bettas are great, easy fish, but ours never did well in a regular tank. If the tank is bigger (even a gallon and a half!) the betta would lay at the bottom in the corner. They like still, smaller spaces. If you are getting a tank with a filter and want more than one, I would suggest some fancy guppies. Some varieties are really pretty, and they're impossible to kill. And like someone above said, the frogs are awesome, and very fun to watch.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 7:56 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • in the wild, bettas basically live in puddles, so they don't really like to be in a large aquarium and they don't need a filter. i would say a betta is great for having, but in a bowl instead of a tank (like about 1 gallon capacity). if you want a small tank then i suggest goldfish. i have goldfish right now that are 4yo and i don't do anything special to take care of them (knock on wood!). i have a black moor goldfish that is 4yo and the rest are comets and they are 3yo.

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 8:11 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Our betas each have their own glass vase (we got them at Dollar tree) and we keep a bit of philodendron in with them so they can swim in and out of the roots.

    Answer by scout_mom at 9:04 PM on Dec. 28, 2010

  • Betas live better alone. Go with goldfish or have an aggresive fish tank the aggresive fish seem to thrive longer, like angelfish. The pet store can tell you which ones are aggressive.

    Answer by Momabear455 at 2:53 PM on Dec. 29, 2010

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