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Product Details

  • Series: Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 2nd Revised edition edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764147420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764147425
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The product is a good book, very informational about bettas and their history and diseases and types of bettas, but I personally would not classify it as a "Pet Owner's Manual". It includes a lot of information about keeping bettas, but seems to be more focused on the fish itself than keeping them in an aquarium. I think you could find a better help manual for keeping betta fish.
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As a betta breeder I have to protest... this is not a book for breeders. The information is so incorrect it's laughable. Take a look at any betta breeders setup and compare it to the recommended setup in this book. The two will not even resemble one another. The chapter should be entitled "How to Absolutely Positively Ensure Your Complete Failure at Breeding Bettas and Possibly Kill Your Fish in the Process".

The little care information that's provided is completely false (the best heater is your home thermostat?) and the majority of the book is filled with information on random betta species despite marketing the book clearly to owners of Betta Splendens.

Shame on Barron's for putting out this hot mess and then continuing to put out updated versions of the same outdated information. This book is SO bad I won't be buying another Barron's book any time soon.

To everyone who's saying the photos are nice, no they aren't. Google "betta" and see thousands of far nicer photos and more impressive individual fish.

Check out some breeder websites for information on care, breeding, proper disease treatment and also variety and colour identification. Or see The Betta Bible for detailed and more importantly accurate information.
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