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I feel terrible! After posting last week and getting suggestions about food and a heater, I went in to PetSmart (I bought the fish from a guy at PetCo and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">thought</span> this guy knew what he was talking about when he told me about feeding frequency) to buy Hikari and a heater. Well, the very intense guy at PetSmart practically yelled at me for feeding the fish too infrequently, found me some better food, and said that a heater wasn't necessary--the fish wasn't getting enough to eat and was therefore low energy.<br><br>
I came in to work and checked my aquarium first thing, and there was Abe, dead. I feel so bad. I tried to do it right, but I totally failed.
 

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Oh no!!!! You poor thing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> They don't have extremely long lifespans (the longest I had one live is almost four years, which isn't overly common), so don't think you did anything wrong.<br><br>
That guy is full of it. All you have to do is do a search on Betta Splendens Care and this information pops up over and over again:<br><br><a href="http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/anabantids2/p/betta.htm" target="_blank">http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/an...s2/p/betta.htm</a><br>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Although many fish keepers are aware that Bettas come from shallow waters, a key factor that is often overlooked is the water temperature. These countries are tropical, which means the water temperature is quite warm - often reaching into the 80's. Bettas thrive on heat, and will become increasingly listless when the water temperature falls below 75 degrees F. Water temperature is perhaps the biggest argument against keeping a betta in a tiny bowl (which cannot readily be heat controlled).</td>
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If there are other pet stores in your area, I would incourage you to check out the "mom and pop" type stores. They tend to know fish care inside and out, and treat their customers far better.
 

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I agree about checking into other, non big box stores for info.... Sorry he died! It doesnt sound to me like you were underfeeding by all that much. Not enough to cause his demise. The water temp was the most likely factor, IMO....<br>
Just remember, when we know better, we do better.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">... sorry!
 

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Thanks for the support. I'm lonely here at my desk without my little fish friend. It is sad looking at his empty tank.<br><br>
I will definitely go to a Mom & Pop the next time around. That is excellent advice, and I would rather support the local folks anyway.
 

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i'm sorry you lost your fish. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
petsmart isnt necessarily the best place for fishy advice. i just got a betta a week or two ago and the guy at petsmart suggested that i keep my betta in a 1/2 gallon "betta tank" with no filtration, no heater, and no plants becuase bettas "thrive on small spaces and get freaked out in larger areas". I am so glad my instincts told me to get a 2.65 gallon tank instead with a filter and thermometer cuz once i started doing research online i found out how wrong that guy was.
 
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