I saw the post on Jackknife the three year old betta and it got me wondering: why are bettas so variable to when their time has come from old age? I've seen a betta that lived passed seven years old and the owner never mentioned that they thought the betta would pass soon. Three or fours years' difference is nothing to a human but for a betta that's a huge gap. Is it maybe due to genetics? I was just wondering if maybe you could shed some light on this.

Hi! I’m going to post this publicly because personally I find it an interesting topic. For something as short lived as a betta, a year or two can be a big difference in life span. The reason for this, to my knowledge and based on what I’ve generally learned with my degree, is two-fold.

Genetics plays a huge role. A well-bred betta is going to be less prone to things like swim bladder disease and will be overall healthier, better able to fight off infection with a better immune system. Bettas with shorter fins will have less strain on their bodies and this too may play a part in length of life. And too, as we tend to see in some other animals, bettas from stock that tend to be long lived are also very likely to be long lived.

The second factor is largely going to be quality of life. Obviously a betta kept in a small cold bowl isn’t going to life as long as a well cared for betta, but what is also important is early life care and that comes down to the breeders. Like all animals, suffering in early life will severely affect development that will be seen throughout an animal’s whole life. Reptiles who don’t get proper calcium and lighting can have terrible bone deformities. Dogs raised alone tend to be more neurotic (basically they lack some ability to understand dog language). Human babies in orphanages who do not get held and coddled have physical growth problems.

I’d probably place money that a lot of our pet store bettas are bred in mass production systems that might have prevented some of the ideal care.

Shipping methods and other stressors throughout life may also shorten lifespans, and diet can play a role, too.

And then of course, you know, some bettas just are different. And it can also be hard to tell how old your betta is in the first place. Unless you happen to ask somebody who knows, you might not have any idea how long your betta has been sitting on the store shelf. At work there are bettas who have been on that shelf since I started working there 6+ months ago.

Short answer- it’s complicated!~ I would definitely welcome any input from others! (:

housebatbetta:

scalestails:

Jacknife is getting old… He is almost 3. For a while his iridiocytes have been building up and now I think they’re bothering him. He didn’t eat yesterday or this morning. I think his time is approaching.
However, I don’t feel horrible. He’s lived a long enriched life with me and been through me when all kinds of shit happened in my life. His time is simply coming to an end.

Wishing comfort for your swimmy senior.

housebatbetta:

scalestails:

Jacknife is getting old… He is almost 3. For a while his iridiocytes have been building up and now I think they’re bothering him. He didn’t eat yesterday or this morning. I think his time is approaching.

However, I don’t feel horrible. He’s lived a long enriched life with me and been through me when all kinds of shit happened in my life. His time is simply coming to an end.

Wishing comfort for your swimmy senior.

somethin-fishy:

Trident being a cutie.. his fins are so perfect and he’s so well behaved keeping them all in tact~
unlike oberon..

somethin-fishy:

Trident being a cutie.. his fins are so perfect and he’s so well behaved keeping them all in tact~

unlike oberon..

Hey, so my partner and myself are looking into getting an Aqua One Betta Trio tank in the future. It looks like each betta would have 2.5 gallons per "compartment" to themselves - does this look like a half decent betta tank? Since it's a UK tank I cant seem to find good reviews on it to do proper research before purchasing it.
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From what I’ve been able to tell, it seems like a solid tank. I’ve never seen one in person nor have I any experience with it, however, so I can’t say anymore than that! I know somebody on tumblr here was/planned to order and use one. Anybody maybe know what became of that?

Thought you guys might enjoy a slice of my real life. Humans vs Zombies edition!

Thought you guys might enjoy a slice of my real life. Humans vs Zombies edition!

tatsandanimals:

this dude^^
excited to give him live plants! his clamped fins are starting to grow and hes showing his real beauty!

tatsandanimals:

this dude^^

excited to give him live plants! his clamped fins are starting to grow and hes showing his real beauty!

betta-care-blog:

This is my wolfdog. He is about 80% wolf and the first aquatic one of the breed.

betta-care-blog:

This is my wolfdog. He is about 80% wolf and the first aquatic one of the breed.

theblondeaquarist:

My little dork

caravaggi-oh:

Hi mom.
Bye mom.

kai-ni:

vertigo-bird:

Rosetail Halfmoon Betta
Oh look- another uni doodle. Today the teacher is late so. :/

Hnnn I love the line variation on these

kai-ni:

vertigo-bird:

Rosetail Halfmoon Betta

Oh look- another uni doodle. Today the teacher is late so. :/

Hnnn I love the line variation on these