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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Pet Owner's Manual
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 2nd Revised edition edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780764147425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764147425
  • ASIN: 0764147420
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

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Information and advice to help you care for your Bettas

Betta varieties:
origins, colors, where to get them, and more
Expert advice: most nutritious foods, modern medicine, optimal environments
Understanding your Bettas:
recognizing behavioral changes

  • Step-by-step instruction for everyday care
  • New information from around the world
  • Filled with handsome color photos

    (picture caption)
    These wonderful beginners' fishes brighten any tank.

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    Customer Reviews

    This book taught me alot about them that i didnt know.
    Gilberto S.
    This book is great for someone looking to breed and keep and sell bettas, but for us humble pet owners it does not give the needed basic information for daily care.
    K. Bodenschatz
    I'm giving it three stars, because it's not a bad book, for what it is.
    Sharon Yvonne

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2003
    Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
    This book goes into great detail on the history and breeding techniques of bettas. It has a seperate chapter on Siamese fighting fish. It covers the basics on tank and food requirements. Compared to the other few betta books out there....this, I felt, was the best one for the money. After reading it, however, I still wanted more. Now I rely on tropical discussion boards for detailed information I need to care for my betta.
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Chia on October 10, 2004
    Format: Paperback
    This wonderful book has heaps of information about the various bubblenesting and mouthbrooding betta species groups. It covers the selection of bettas, their housing (the 2001 edition has a chapter on Tanks for Bettas), feeding, breeding, genetics (covering stuff like Betta Genes and the Punnet Square), as well as the prevention, identification and treatment of common betta diseases (environmental, chemical and infectious). It is indeed a great source of in-depth information about bettas and a complete pet owner's manual.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sara Randall on January 18, 2005
    Format: Paperback
    This book is definetly not for begginers. It has a lot of technical information that is virtually useless to to the begginer and average pet owner. I'm sure I would give it a 5 star rating if I were a breeder, but I'm not. Save your money and look for another book if you are a begginer to keeping Bettas.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Bodenschatz on November 26, 2004
    Format: Paperback
    While this book is labled the "complete pet owner's manual" it does not deal with the practicalities of owning a betta. As a person who is a new owner looking for the basics, this book was too academic and had too much infomation. I did enjoy reading the history behind the betta fish and that was about it. This book is great for someone looking to breed and keep and sell bettas, but for us humble pet owners it does not give the needed basic information for daily care.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Amey on July 14, 2004
    Format: Paperback
    Despite the subtitle, this book is very technical and has little information which is of use for the average person with a pet betta. There is a lot of information on breeding and the different types of bettas, which might be useful for a breeder. As a pet "owner", I found it unhelpful. You can find more information about keeping bettas as pets for free online.
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    18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Abdullah Nagasaki on September 19, 2004
    Format: Paperback
    This is a pretty book: lots of gorgeous color photos of gorgeous Siamese fighting fish ("Bettas") and glossy pages. That's its main, and only, selling point.

    Unfortunately, the info contained is mainly academic filler which is badly organized so that it's difficult to skim through and find the more practical bits, such as: 1. how often and how much to feed these fish, 2. how a Betta would do if mixed in with other fish in a large aquarium (answer: badly), 3. how often the water should be changed if a Betta is kept in a small filtration-less container of 1 gallon or less, 4. most common types of commerical food and which ones are better, etc. I could go on and on, but you get the idea.

    Thankfully, Petsmart has a liberal return policy...this one's going back pronto!
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    Format: Paperback
    Barrons's addition to the betta-care genre looks very nice, starting with a gorgeous closeup of a red male carrying the butterfly trait, right on the cover. Like most betta books, however, the emphasis is information for the breeding hobbyist, not for the basic pet owner - in spite of the title.

    The smallish book (95 pages) is divided into roughly three sections.

    The first is invaluable for anyone interested in learning about all the "Other" species of bettas...wild bettas, mouthbrooding bettas, fighting strains, bettas from Thailand, bettas from Maylasia. Did you know there were hundreds of bettas besides the popular Betta Splendens we all know so well? Some are pretty and some are drab, but all are within the overriding Genus of Betta. This is interesting background information for the advanced betta fancier, but is certainly more information than the beginning betta owner will need.

    Since this section, like the entire book, is chocked full of pictures, it is worth browsing. It really corners the market on betta species info!

    The middle section provides some beginner's information on betta tanks, feeding and disease treatment. The live food section is the most informative and has useful pictures. It's only a few pages, however and does not discuss in-depth info on actually developing live cultures. This section is useful for someone looking to figure out what the betta-acceptable various live foods are - how brine shrimp differs from daphnia, tubifex works, fruit flies, and so on.

    The disease section differentiates between environmental, chemical and infectious maladies, which I appreciated.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darryl J OBrien on November 21, 2013
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    I felt this was a good book with lots of info. But kinda jumped around too. It lacked the troubles and trouble shooting of breeding and other problems that could arise.
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