this section I cover the betta in a vase displays, warn you about its
dangers and give you tips on how to actually turn it into a safe betta
home. Please read this page carefully if you currently own or are thinking
about purchasing such a display. Thank you.
The latest fad
There is a new fad on the
market today. It is called a "Betta in a Vase" display. Might
sound like a nice thing, and the price is tempting. People figure they are
getting a betta AND a plant for one somewhat low price and it seems a good
deal. Well, unless you are a betta that is :((((.
What this display is
if you follow the
instructions that come with many of these displays, the set-up will
consist of: A vase, (filled
with distilled water), a betta (pet store veil tail variety) and a plant at the top. Both the
betta and the plant's roots are supposed to share the small amount of
water in the vase, where Mr. Betta is supposed to live his entire existence
( get this) EATING THE ROOTS. Say WHATTTTT ???
Wait! It gets worse:
Just when you thought
things just couldn't get worse for Mr. Betta, they do: The diabolic
display comes with a (oh so convenient) instruction to not feed the
betta nor change the water EVER.
I want to know one thing:
Who came up with that one????
A)- bettas are carnivorous
and although out of despair they might eat roots (hey, you would eat a cockroach
if got hungry enough!), they cannot survive long that way. It is not
unlikely that bettas in the wild may, on occasion, munch on some near by
vegetation, including some roots, but this does not constitute their
entire diet. This is what their diet consists of. It's sorta like you eat
cake here and there, but could you survive on JUST CAKE ??
B)- distilled water is not
adequate for fish keeping. It is lacking all the proper elements bettas
need to be healthy.
C)- ecosystems only work
when they are large enough to allow a safety margin for fluctuations.
Meaning that if one of the components of the ecosystem fluctuates, the
whole system will not come crashing down. In such a small amount of water
(hey, we are talking about a BOWL people!), how does one plan on
preserving the ever fragile balance between: fish eating, fish pooping,
plant eating fish poop and plant then cleaning water, plant being healthy
enough to grow roots just enough to feed betta the perfect amount of food
daily, etc... (assuming bettas would survive in such a vegetarian diet in
the first place), you
can see how one small change could radically affect the system and
invariably cause the betta's death. I am against such set-ups. Every time
I have seen one for sale on a store shelf, the betta was sick and dying,
and it broke my heart.
have been reporting that their bettas will die within 1 to 6 weeks. In
short, they starve to death or become diseased because of poor water
Boycott!!! Boycott!! Oh and did I mention:
If you see
such displays out there DO NOT BUY THEM. They are designed to make big
companies big money, at the expense of your betta. If you know someone who
has such a display, give them this link!
How you can make such a display
betta in a vase display can work if it is done right. the betta will need
to be fed and teh water will need to be changed. Here is what to do: