Average life expectancy seems to be somewhere between 2-5 years, with most sources saying 2-4 on average (that's from the internet though). My shop-bought bettas all died in less than a year. My tankbred girls are 2.5 and still doing well, but then again, they've never known anything less than a 30gal, fully cycled, heated tank.
The way some of the shop-bought specimens are kept, it's hardly surprising that they don't seem to live as long.
EmmaG wrote: Nice to hear a success story like that T.L, I hadn't thought about a couple of lady friends for him, would that work ok long term with heavy planting? I'm liking the idea of keeping him more and more, he's quite a little character, had my hand in the tank with the tweezers trying to sort out the shrimp massacre and he was swimming over to have a nose, and flaring at the camera when I was trying to get a pic.
Milk and Stripe look like beautiful fish, unusual colouring.
Better get this fish into training for a big home I think, take some inspiration from the Olympics, Tom Daley has been training at the pool in the town down the road, perhaps Mr Betta fish can get some tips from him! :)
Well, your tank's certainly got the volume needed for keeping a harem of bettas together and of course, you don't JUST have to have the bettas in there - other peaceful fish would work too. Shortfins work better than longfins - betta aggression can go both ways and those longer fins are a target. Plenty of plants and bogwood/decor for visual barriers. He'd need to be as fit as he can get though so best not get ahead of ourselves.
As for my tank, Milk died fairly soon after mating in April, after Hughey was removed, but the other females were more successful and the tank worked well for 9 months or so. Stripe went on a breeding frenzy for 2 weeks or so in September/October of that year, breeding with both females in quick succession, and I've still got 3 sisters from those matings.
If I were to do it again, I think I'd remove the females for a few days after breeding, for R&R, and to give the male privacy while the eggs and fry are still under his protection - that, btw, is when I saw most of the aggression with Stripe (Hugh never bred).
I've done something similar to you. My Hughey was a longfinned B. Splendens and when I got him, he was in a partitioned tank with only about 1-ltr to call his own. And to make matters worse, he could clearly see 2 rival males. Like your lil guy, he must have thought all his Christmasses and Birthdays had come at once when I popped him into my own 30ltr QT.
Hughey was eventually moved from his 30ltr, to a 30gal species tank with what I thought at the time were 2 females but turned out to be a female and a shortfinned male. He was removed after 4 months to a 10gal, where he lived out the rest of his life, and it was only after moving him that we realised Stripe was a male (Stripe's the dark fish on the left of my sig. Milk is the creamy-white one on the right).
Like Hugh, your lil guy won't be anywhere near ready to go into the 200ltr tank for a good few months. Imagine him as a couch potato who suddenly wakes up and aspires to be an athlete - it ain't gonna happen overnight.
I happened to mention the fish to a client at work and that I was looking for a pond for them to go into. My colleague then mentioned that she had a pond. With fish. I asked her if she wanted them and she responded with "Do you not want them, like?" I answered truthfully that I'd love to have them, but I want what's best for them and don't have a pond myself.
I'm working with her again on Sunday, so I'll keep you all informed. . .
Yeah, that's my thinking. In hindsight there was no sign of dechloronator in the house, so unless mum's friend threw it out (not realising the importance of it), chances are the filter was constantly being battered with chlorine as well as being inadequate.
Should have twigged sooner, tbh but the priority was getting the tank set up back here.