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Author Topic: How Long Have Your Bettas Lived?  (Read 162 times)
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Tanks: 75 Gallon schooling community (Panda Cories, Harlequin Rasboras, Gold Tetras, Praecox Rainbows); 5 Gallon (Caspian the doubletail betta, Callahan the Olive Nerite Snail, Java Fern, Anubias); 10 Gallon Cherry Shrimp Species Tank (in progress)
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« on: July 06, 2017, 12:36:03 PM »

It feels like my Bettas never really live long.  I keep exact records with dates for all my tanks, and none of the Bettas live more than 2 years.  I take good care of them, too - 5-10 gallon tanks, gentle filter, live plants, Ammonia and Nitrite 0 ppm Nitrates between 5 and 10 ppm, 78-82 degree water temperature, a varied diet of multiple high quality Betta-specific flakes/pellets and frozen foods, just the Betta in the tanks and perhaps a snail, and I buy the Bettas at different places.  I can also keep much more fragile fish alive with no problem, and have been keeping aquariums for many years.

How long have your Bettas lived?  Do you keep records for your aquariums with exact dates, or is the age an estimate?  I've heard a lot of caresheets say their lifespan is 2-3 years, but then I hear some people on forums saying theirs have lived much longer than that.  I'm trying to figure out if I'm messing up over and over or if 2 years is within a normal range to have them.  I'm starting to think that maybe I just shouldn't ever get another Betta, if mine don't live as long as they should. 
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2017, 05:18:17 PM »

I think my boy years ago (in my picture) was about 3 years old when I put him to sleep.
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