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How about an all Betta fish pond?

Discussion in 'Fish & Aquaria' started by ZEROPILOT, Oct 4, 2019.

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  1. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Years ago I placed one Male and three female Bettas into a small pond that I wasn't using. It had become a mosquito hang out.
    My wife spotted some much unloved Bettas at a pet store. So I bought them instead of guppies.
    Fast forward a few months and my wife is now laying in the dirt, scooping up beautiful little baby Bettas with a net. Dozens of them.
    Eventually we gave the adults and babies away.
    I was always under the belief that the males MUST BE removed at once or they'll fight to death.
    Now I know that that simply isn't the case. Not with ample room.
    Now I have a 1,750 gallon pond that will be vacant this Sunday and I want to raise and keep Bettas out there.
    Have any of you done this?.
    I'll have very little surface agitation and a lot of shade.
    I'm thinking I'll need a lot of plants?
    I really don't know.
    Thanks for your thoughts.
  2. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    What happens this Sunday? Is this a pond that had caught-by- fishing, discarded pet store fish?
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    sounds like you have a solid plan, but with bigger ponds come bigger problems... How will/do you prevent birds and other predators from snatching them up?
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    The males will fight and is the reason they will not sell more then one Male to a person.
    However, you have to take in account most people are putting them in a bowl or aquarium. Where they come from in the wild they live in shallow water like streams, rice paddies, and ponds and of course there will be more then one Male. However it's not a small confined space like an aquarium. Lots of plants for hiding will help to keep the males from easily finding each other. I would however try to keep the number of males down when possible.
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Yes.
    The super sized Jaguar cichlid has a new home.
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    It's bird proofed

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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    I'm enthusiastic now that I've watched some Betta farming YOUTUBE videos.
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    Good luck! Figure with more room and lots of plants you kind make a bunch of mini zones in one pool so the males claim their own spots!
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    Aw heck. I love the look of them. Are they vicious to other fish?
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    This one is.
    I think it's just a large Cichlid thing.
    What separates the Jaguar is it has cat like teeth and razor sharp gill plates.
    Not an easy fish to handle.
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    I love bettas!

    I hope (secretly plan) to have one of my 20 gal long tanks repurposed for a betta, lots of live plants and maybe some shrimp or bottom feeding fish that the betta won't care about!
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