"Bettas lived in tiny mud puddles in the wild"
Bettas lived in rice paddies and slow moving bodies of water, often several hundred gallons; filled with plants and insects
"Bettas can live in a vase with peace lilies, its a complete ecosystem"
The betta have no food, they do not eat plant roots. There is little oxygen and the lily do not remove the waste. The betta
inevitably will slowly die from starvation, waste poisoning and suffocation.
"Bettas are hardy and can live in dirty water"
A common point pet stores use to sell their fish. Bettas are very toleranting fish but they many die prematurely within a few months
of purchase from poor living conditions when they can easily live up to 3-6 years.
"Bettas can don't require filteration or heating"
A betta is a low waste fish, so if water changes are frequent enough, they do not require a filter. However they are tropical fish that require a stable
warm water temperature of at least 78F or 25.5C.
"My room is set to 26C, so the water must be 26C"
Water temperature does not always equal room temperature, its very often cooler than room temp. Smaller bodies of water less than 5 gallons or 20 litres
can fluxuate throughout the day which is very stressful for a betta