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Updated on April 22, 2012

Betta FAQ's

This is where I'm going to post Frequently Asked Questions about bettas. I'm not a betta expert myself and some of the answers I give here are based on my own experience with bettas, while most of them I learned by inquiring from betta enthusiasts whom I know. If you have questions not found in this lens, feel free to drop them in the the comments page and I will answer them accordingly. Thank You!

1.) Can I keep two male bettas together in one tank?

Answer:

YES.........

What are you thinking? Of course NOT!!! Male bettas are meant to live in peace ALONE. Bettas are aggressive and territorial in nature. If you keep two male bettas together in a small tank, they'll end up tearing each other's fin or even killing each other. They're not called "Fighting Fish" for no reason. If you want to keep two male bettas in a large tank, make sure you place a divider between them where they can see each other but not come in contact with each other. About female bettas, you can keep up to five in one 5-10 gallon tank. The first time you place female bettas together, they'll establish a "pecking order" so don't be surprised if you see one of them acting boss and chasing the others around. After a few days, they'll all be in peace with one another as long as you don't put another female betta in or remove the "alpha" female.

"What about putting one male betta along with a few female bettas?" you may ask. Well, the only time you can place a male betta together with a female betta is when they are ready to spawn and make some babies. So, unless you're not serious about breeding bettas yet, just stick to the "one male betta per tank" rule.

2.) My betta won't eat, what do I do?

Answer:

This is a question most betta keepers like me ask all the time. Normally, a betta would eat like a pig if you feed him with something he loves like live brine shrimp or frozen bloodworms. If your betta refuses to eat, it's either he's sick, he's sulking, or he doesn't like the food you're feeding him. If you have your betta for a long time and one day you feed him and he doesn't eat, it's probably because he's sick. Check the water condition if it's still normal. Fish react to frequent changes in water quality so if you just made a water change, it could be that your betta is in stress and won't eat. Let him settle for a while and feed him later when he's not so stressed anymore.

If you just bought your betta from the petshop or from a breeder, chances are, your betta will only eat what he has been used to eating back from where you bought him. This is quite normal for bettas especially if you feed them something totally different from what they grew up with. For instance, if they've been fed live food all their life, they'll simply ignore what you'll them even if it's bloodworm. I've experienced buying my first Crowntail betta from a well-known breeder here in our place and when I placed him in his tank and tried to feed him, he simply spewed the bloodworms out. My other bettas would go crazy over bloodworms and pellets but not this new betta I just got. He's been used to eating live mosquito larvae that's why other types of food seemed foreign to him. What I did was I let him go for four straight days without food. I occasionally dropped some bloodworms or pellets in his tank to let him understand that they are food. For three days he just ignored them, or bite them but eventually spew them out. Finally, on his fourth day in his new home, he snapped out of it and gobbled every little piece of bloodworm I gave him. He still ignores the pellets though.

If your betta won't eat because of a disease, it's time for you to bring him to a betta doctor, or you can follow my advice and play doctor yourself. To treat a sick betta, isolate him and place him in water treated with anti-fungal or anti-biotic betta medicine. If you are successful and your betta gets well, his normal appetite will return.

3.) How will I know if my betta is sick?

Answer:

There are several ways to recognize whether your betta is sick or not. You have to be prepared for the worse because you never know when your betta will get sick. Initially, you should be armed with betta medicine such as those that treat bacterial infection, fungal infection, fin rot, ick, etc. You should also get some preventative medicine for your betta if you don't want him to get sick in the first place. Moving on, if your betta is healthy, he will normally swim around his tank actively. He'll also eat his food as usual and flare at you from time to time.

If your betta is acting strange and is not swimming actively or eating as usual, look for signs that might tell whether he's really sick or not. Here are the most common signs that your betta is infected with a disease:

-Rotting Fins

-White Spots/Red Spots

-Open Sores

-Swollen Gils

-Raised Scales

-Bloated Stomach

If your betta shows any of these signs, isolate him immediately and check this site out Betta Addiction - Betta Diseases to find out how to treat your sick fish the best way.

A Very Healthy Betta - My Crowntail Betta Squidoo

This is a video of a healthy Crowntail Betta. He's my betta named Squidoo. I named him that way because I love Squidoo.com and he looks like a squid when he swims LOL!

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4.) How often should I feed my betta and how much?

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A common mistake done by most betta keepers is overfeeding their pets. Unlike other tropical fish, bettas won't stop eating as long as there is food in their tank. To give you an idea of how much food to give your betta, take a look at his eyes and see how tiny it is. That's exactly how small his stomach is. Imagine filling that small belly with a lot of food. What do you get? A bloated stomach. Or worse, swim bladder disease. If you are feeding betta pellets to your fighter, 2-3 pieces per meal is enough. See to it as well that he gets a variety of food and not just pellets. If possible, give him special treats once in a while like frozen bloodworms or live brine shrimp. When it comes to blood worms, 4-5 per meal is ideal.

Adult bettas should be fed once a day. On the other hand, betta fry should be fed twice a day but make sure you remove excess food as soon as the fish are done eating to maintain the quality of their water.

Actually, what you're after is to give your betta enough food to make his belly look round but not bloated. In addition, you might also want to skip a day in feeding so that your bettas digestive system will have a chance to rest. In my case, Friday is NO FOOD day for my bettas. It's my way of "detoxifying" them.

Buy Frozen Bloodworms Today!

Frozen bloodworms are the only type of food I feed my adult bettas simply because they're both nutritious and is a lot less messy to handle compared to live food.

Baby Brine Shrimp For Your Betta Fry!

Betta fry should be fed twice a day with live food such as baby brine shrimp.

5.) How do I clean my betta's tank?

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It depends on how large your betta tank is. For 2.5-5 gallon tanks, you should perform a FULL water change at least once a week. For individual jars, FULL water changes are required every 3 to 4 days. You'll also need to siphon your tank to get rid of debris that are trapped underneath the gravel. I know this is not the answer to the question "how do I clean my betta's tank?" but I included it here so that I won't have to make another section about "how often should I do water changes?"

Now for the real answer. The degree of difficulty of cleaning a fish tank depends on the size of the tank itself. Unlike larger tanks, tanks that are 2 gallons and smaller can be easily cleaned as you can simply take your betta out, dump the dirty water, and clean it. However, you should understand that in order to maintain the health of your betta, you have to learn the proper way of handling him especially when doing some water changes or tank cleaning. Let me show you I clean my betta tank.

For my 2.5 gallon tank, this is what I do:

1. Using an airplane cup, I scoop my betta from his tank very gently. I found this safer than using a net because a betta's fins can easily be torn if you don't know how to use a fishnet on him. Using a plastic cup on the other is very easy since you can just scoop him up and place him on a safe place while cleaning his tank.

2. I remove all accessories from the betta tank, including live plants and pebbles and place them in a different container where I can clean them later on. When the tank is empty, I proceed to cleaning it. I use a scrub that's intended for this one tank alone and I don't use soap as the chemicals from it can be deadly to my betta. I just use plain water.

3. Next, I clean the pebbles by placing them under running water. I also make sure no debris are left on the plant leaves.

4. When everything has been thoroughly cleaned, I return the pebble inside together with the plant and other accessories inside the tank.

5. A day before I perform the cleaning, I already set aside a 2 gallon container that I have treated with water conditioner. I use tap water so I make sure the water is safe for my betta by treating it and letting it age beforehand. Allowing the water to settle overnight is enough to get rid of whatever harmful substances are in there. I also add my own betta medicine to make sure the betta is free from any fungal or bacterial infection.

6. When everything's set, I gently float the cup where my betta is on the water to allow the temperature inside the cup and in the tank to even out. I don't wait too long because I live in a tropical country and I have no problem about water temperature differences. If you're living in a cold country though, you have to make sure you set the water temperature from 75-82 degrees Fahrenheit before adding your betta.

7. After acclimating my betta for a few minues, I gently release him into the tank. He just loves it when his water is clean and he shows his appreciation by building a bubble nest hehe.

Ideal Tanks for Your Bettas

Bettas do well in tanks with water capacity of 3 to 5 gallons.

6.) I've noticed some tears on my betta's fins. How long does it usually take for them to heal?

Answer:

There are several reasons why a betta's fins get torn. One is maybe his fins got caught in a sharp object inside his tank like a leaf or a tank accessory while he was swimming around. Another is maybe because he's a tail biter (Some bettas nip their own tail). It can also be because he's sick and is suffering from fin rot. When bettas spawn, a fight may occur between the male and the female as part of their ritual and this too can be a cause of fin tearing. In addition, bettas fins can also get torn when they flare too much like in the case of halfmoon bettas. Such phenomenon of tearing a fin due to overactivity is called "blowing a tail."

If your betta is not sick at all, and is obviously not suffering from a fin rot, it would take several days for his fins to grow back and heal. However, the length of recovery will also depend on how severe the damage is. If the damage is huge, the fins will eventually grow back (usually in 2-3 months) but there's a possibility that they will not be as beautiful as before.

If the problem is fin rot, you will notice your betta's tail to grow shorter and shorter if you fail to treat him immediately. Sometimes, the infection can reach the body of the betta itself and cause death to the fish. As soon as your betta is diagnosed with a fin rot, take him out of his tank at once and do a full water change. Fin rot is often a result of unclean water. Treat the water with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial betta medicine and release your betta into the tank. You have to change the water every 3 days to maintain the cleanliness of the tank and prevent further damage to your betta. If the fin rot is mild, it would take at least 4 weeks for the fins to start to grow back and for you to stop worrying. However, if it's a severe case and you were not able to respond to your betta immediately, it might take a week or two for the disease to eventually take its toll on your fish.

Betta With Fin Rot - This is what a betta who has had fin rot looks like.

Here's a photo of my betta Squidoo, a week after he acquired fin rot. About 4 of the rays in the lower part of his caudal fin were cut off due to the infection. I treated him with salt and methylene blue until the rot ceased and now his fins are starting to grow back.

7.) How do I maintain my betta's fins?

Answer:

Your betta's finnage is what gives it its beautiful and attractive form so it would only be logical for you to learn how to take good care of it. For bettas with long and flowy fins such as Halfmoons and Crowntails, the most common problem that most betta keepers encounter are torn fins, curly ray (for crowntails), and the inability to spread to 180 degrees (for halfmoons). Most of these problems actually result from dirty water. If you can keep your betta's water pristine all the time, you will have very little chance of ever encountering these kinds of problems. While a combination of good food and clean water will help your betta live a healthy and long life, it is the latter that plays the most important factor in keeping the quality of his fins.

Therefore, if you want to maintain the 180-degree spread of your halfmoon betta's caudal fins and the beautiful rays of your crowntail, you should perform massive water changes on a regular basis. Most betta experts also suggest exposing your fish to sunlight each morning for thirty minutes. You would also like to add some Indian almond leaves to your betta's water since it contains tannins and other elements that have the ability to keep your betta's fins healthy and beautiful.

8.) How long does it take for bettas to actually mate after putting them together for breeding?

Answer:

Breeding bettas is no joke. It takes very careful planning and preparation to raise 200+ betta fry in case your attempt becomes a success. The answer to the question depends on several different factors including the condition of the pair and water parameters. If your bettas are well-conditioned, are in the right age to breed, and are set up in a good breeding environment, it wouldn't take more than 48 hours for them to actually mate. Sometimes, it can take three days for two bettas to perform the "embrace". However, if you really want to have a higher success rate when breeding bettas, make sure you get your pair from the same spawn (they should be siblings) and condition them for 7-10 days before setting them up together in the breeding tank. This means you should feed them high-protein food such as live mosquito larvae, baby brine shrimp, or frozen bloodworms. You should also keep their tanks side by side so they can see each other and get familiar with each other prior to setting them up.

Feel free to visit Betta Addiction - Betta Breeding and Betta Addiction - How To Rear Betta Fry if you want a detailed explanation on how to breed bettas and raise their fry.

9.) What's a step by step guide to breeding betta fish?

Answer:

Breeding bettas is not that difficult if you know the factors involved in it:

  1. The male is healthy and active and blows a bubble nest.
  2. The female is healthy and active and is full of eggs.
  3. Condition them for two weeks, keeping their water clean.
  4. Feed them 2-4 times a day with small portions of protein rich foods.
  5. Let them see each other at least thirty minutes each day.
  6. If the female is showing vertical stripes and flaring back at the male, she is ready.
  7. Prepare your breeding tank. Fill the tank with 3-5 inches water. Place some Indian Almond Leaves and floating plants for the male to build his nest in.
  8. If you have been faithful in letting the pair see each other on a daily basis, you can put them together on the breeding tank directly. Alternatively, you can put the male first in the tank and the female in a chimney where the male can see her but not get to her.
  9. If the male has built a good size bubble nest and the female is flaring at him, you can release the female into the tank.
  10. Cover the tank and leave them for three days, checking once in a while for eggs.
  11. The male will chase the female to show her he is in control and that he is worthy to be the father of her fry. You can peek after a day to see if the pair is okay or not. If you see one badly beaten, separate them. If you don't, just leave them.
  12. If everything goes well, they will spawn in a day or two. If after four days and nothing happens, separate them and condition them for another two weeks.

    For a more detailed guide to breeding betta fish, kindly refer to this site: Betta Addiction - Betta Fish Breeding

If you have a question that's not found in this lens, please feel free to post them on the comments page. Thanks!

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      Avinash sharmA 5 months ago

      Hi I want to know if I used to keep my betta in a 10 inch fish bowl how to take care of him plzz reply. Me

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a betta that I bought at Petco a few weeks ago who seems very happy in his half gallon tank. He swims all over the place and makes tons of bubbles and bubble nests. However, with small children I don't always have the time to clean it as much as I would like and I would love to give the little guy some more space to swim. Does anyone have some suggestions for an optimal 2 -5 gallon all-in-one kit or else a piece by piece set up? The more I read online it is hard to tell which filters are going to be too strong and which kits are actually good quality. Any input would be greatly appreciated

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @betta addict: My betta fry's fins are tearing little by little. Is that supposed to happen?!

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      betta addict 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi there Happynoodle. Thanks for dropping by. I believe your betta is female because only female bettas display prominent vertical stripes. Female bettas usually display vertical stripes when they're ready to breed or are just being aggressive. When they're afraid, they will show horizontal stripes. Hope this helps.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey there:

      Happynoodle here,

      this may be a long shot question

      why is my 8 week old betta displaying white vertical stripes? it is one of approx. 15 crowntail betta fry

      it seems to be chasing away its siblings (as it has taken to hiding in the center Oriental Sword plant)

      should i remove this betta?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How can i cure my bettas Pop Eye??

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      betta addict 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Kristen! I'm not really sure, but I've read somewhere about heating pads for tropical fish aquarium. As for your 10 gal. tank, it would be better if you fill the whole tank with water, because when it comes to fish, the bigger the swimming space, the better. Now, 4 bettas in a 10 gal. divided tank should be okay since they're going to get 2.5 gallons of space each. Just make sure the tank is properly filtered and heated. Good luck!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How do you keep a betta warm in the winter if its in bowls I live in Califonia so I'm having a pretty hard time here but I have 10 gal. tank but I only fill 5 gal. I already have a betta in there I will try to divided but how many dividers can the tank hold or how much is a good space for bettas

      because I have 4 bettas at my house

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My betta pair have mated (squeezed) numerous times but the female has not expelled any eggs. What should I do?..this is their fist day together..there's a full bubble nest (under the 1/2 sytrofoam cup..slight vertical lines -definitely NO horizontal ones on the female..

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      betta addict 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi there! Yes, it's gonna heal over time, but it won't be as beautiful as before.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my halfmoon betta male got caught in the fan and rippied up some of his fins will the heal

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @betta addict: Hi betta_addict, Lisa is back. Feedback: Dino's tail is tearing a lot and so much shorter now (like you said, he's a tail bitter) I have purchased another halfmoon named Cyan as he's deep blue sea colour, is beautiful colour but it didn't help Dino to slow down in biting his tail, anyway....

      I observe Cyan, he is not as active as Dino, on the other hand he didn't bite his own tail which is good. But he's not generous like Dino, as he selfdom open his fins and tail up to 180 degrees, why is that so? I saw a couple of times (only) when he open to 180d it's so beautiful. Dino swims a lot whereas Cyan a lot times rests either below or on the surface. Is't ok for his health? one final question for today: you mentioned "If you keep your halfmoon's water crystal clear all the time, chances are, he is a tail-biter" But we have to keep the water very clean in order to give them a healthy liftstyle, no? Lasf but not least to say: although Dino's tail is more than half gone, to me he's always beautiful :-) Hope to hear from you, thank you. Lisa

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      betta addict 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Megan! Just saw the pics...all I can say is, your betta, Jack, is actually a "Jill" LOL! it's a female, and the bubbles I see there don't form a nest...bettas go to the surface to breathe and sometimes leave bubbles that may look like a nest. That explains why your betta has both vertical and horizontal stripes....that also explains why it's not very aggressive... =)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @betta addict: Here's the link to a photo of his vertical stripes, and his horizontal stripes. Could he be female then, if he shows vertical stripes? Thank you for helping.

      Search "Jack Halfmoon Betta Horizontal Stripes" in flickr.com

      Is there a better way to share photos with you?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @betta addict: Hi betta_addict, ok thanks a lot for your information and kindness. I shall try my best, and update you later about status. Have a good w-e. Lisa

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Lisa! you can just reply to this thread so you won't have to make a new one. =) Anyway, betta fins do grow back, but they won't be as beautiful as before. It may take a while, though. And yes, you can get another male and place it beside Dino's tank. Just make sure to place a cardboard or something to block their view of each other. You can then just remove the cardboard three times a day for 15-30 mins duration just to give them some exercise. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if there's a way to stop betta's from biting their tail aside from distracting them. Good luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi betta_addict, is Lisa again, I just thought of something, is't a good idea to get another halfmoon betta and put the tank next to Dino. In this way Dino sees his opponent and he will have no time to bite his own tail. But will there be any disavantage in this way? ex. he would be tired as he wants to fight with his opponent. Thanks. Lisa

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Allo betta_addict, thank you for your prompt answer. Yes, my halfmoon's water is crystal clear, in order to have a clean environment for him. You are probably right he could be a tail-biter. but Dino is lovely (his name) I wonder his tail will regrow, but again he will bite, oh dear... :-( Tks again. Lisa

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Lisa! If you keep your halfmoon's water crystal clear all the time, chances are, he is a tail-biter. I don't think there is anything you can do with a tail-biter, although you can try putting a mirror beside his tank so he can see his reflection at least 3 times a day for a duration of 30 minutes each session. Just to keep him from getting bored and bite his tail...good luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My halfmoon betta (baby pink) is not sick as he eats well and swim well, but his tail keep on tearing :( Please help thank you. Lisa

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: try getting a female betta and place it beside his tank. Regarding the stripes, they are usually signs that the fish is stressed. Vertical bars among female bettas are signs they are ready for breeding. Horizontal stripes are a sign bettas are afraid. Can you kindly show us a pic of your halfmoon? thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My Halfmoon is happy, and makes bubble nests. My question is why he doesn't fight when shown his reflection? I know their personalities differ, but is there any way I can make my Betta (Jack) more territorial? This has been his tank for 6 months, shouldn't he want to protect it and not run away?! He doesn't flare up his gills, but these amazing Vertical AND horizontal (not at the same time, but they change) appear. Is this just his way of showing off?

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: For fin rot, the best treatment would be regular water change plus medication. Fin rot is caused by bacteria so keeping the water crystal clear should help prevent further infection and speed up the healing process. What do you mean by the 'curve' in his body by the way? Can you show us some photo? Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My Betta has fin rot and is now laying on the top of the water with a curve in his body. I have done the usual treatments from advice from aquarium store. Help for anyone out there?

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Vee Lor! In Thailand, the hobbyists use Indian Almond Leaves in the tank water because they believe the tannins released by the leaves in the water hasten the healing of torn fins and damaged scales in fighter bettas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey! I just let my 2 male betta's fight and there fins and scales are all torn up. What's the fastest and best way to make my betta's feed comfortable and heal faster?

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi there! I know this is way too late, but the best thing you can do in situations like these is to have someone take care of your bettas while you're not around.

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi there! Here's what an Inidan Almond Tree looks like: http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5266/5618215087_ec28...

      As to where to find them, it depends. As for me, I live in the Philippines and these trees are growing here in abundance. If you're from a country where such trees don't grow, you're best option is to buy the leaves online. You can try this page: Betta Breeding. Scroll down and you;ll see at the bottom some Catappa or Indian Almond leaves for sale.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Where can i find indian almond leaves?

      Thank you so much for you time.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello I am going on a 8 day vacation I was thinking of putting those 7 day pill things in the bettas tank but I did so research and saw some bad stuff about them please help I want to fed them what should I do

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      HI so i recently started treating my betta for fin rot with tetracycline and have isolared him etc. his fin rot took about a third of his fins but has not spread to his bidy, and i was wondering about how to tell id the medicine is working, because i don't want to lose him because i didn't realize he needs different medicine. ive alos been using a stress coat and make sure his water is very clean.

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: hi there! letting bettas see each other all the time will stress them out if they have small containers, but not if they have big rooms to swim around. However, they might get bored if they see each other 24/7. Better place something that will block their view form each other and only remove it twice a day for at least 30 minutes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I had a similar problem, it can also be if the tank gets too cold, I just keep a lamp on them at night (During the cold parts) and let them sit in a dark place (but warm) during the day so they can sleep.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Kinda want to know is it safe if they see each other all the time

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey, now I have two fighting fish in a tank but there are two dividers in the tank, one clear and one blue, the blue one moves out, but I would like to own more. What happens if a fighting fish can see each other all the time? Some say they ignore each other and I have also been told that one will have a heart attack from the flare up. At first when I move the blue divider they flared up but now they just ignore each other. Any help appreciated!

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You can find the answer here e https://hubpages.com/animals/betta-addiction-betta... Although the best cure for a blown tail is a little bit of rock salt and very clean water. Over time, it will just grow on its own.

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: there are many different reasons for that lol. It may be that your betta is sick or depressed. Observe him for rotting fins, bloated stomach, etc.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: How much do you feed him? When you feed him to little he will still be hungry. If people are starving then their stomach gets bloated... It is a possability.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @doofynic: I think that you should separate them if they are hurting his tail.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It is very likely that your betta will die, but he is sick, of that I am sure.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      where do I find the cure for when my betta "blows his tail"?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      why is my betta staying at the bottom of his tank?

      can you help pleaseeeeeee

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      If you like fish, do you like tropical places to live? Wonderful lens!

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      doofynic 5 years ago

      @betta addict: Thanks for confirming. I have separated them and my betta seems much happier, am treating his damaged fins with Betta fix and keeping an eye on the water quality. Great site!

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Yomama! You definitely need a breeding tank. For more informatin on how to breed bettas, check out my other page https://hubpages.com/animals/betta-addiction-betta... Thanks for dropping by!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey do you need a breeding tank or could they just mate in the same tank they are in???

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @doofynic: Hi doofynic! Neon tetras are actually excellent tank mates for bettas, but if they are constantly nipping his tail, I think you should separate them. The reason is that the nipping may not only stress the betta out, but will also damage his fins, which may lead to infection and diseases. Thanks for dropping by!

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      doofynic 5 years ago

      Hi Addict, my betta is living with 5 neon tetras and every now and then I see them have a quick nip at his tail. It doesn't seem to hurt him but do you think I should get rid of the tetras?

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Missy! Thanks for dropping by! Yes, it's okay to "pet" your betta as long as it's not hurting him. I have a 15 gallon tank with 5 female bettas. Whenever I put my hand in the tank, they would swim around. What I do is I would catch one of them and let them lie down or swim inside my palm. Again, as long as it's not stressing them or hurting them in any way, it's perfectly okay. Enjoy!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello love the sight. I was wondering if it is bad to "pet" my Betta gently he loves it. I put finger in the tank and he swims around it and wiggles all around. I swear he gets excited when I come home. He also lives with a blue ram, six neons and an albino frog. The ram is a girl, they eat together and swim together.

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @ikehook lm: You definitely should get a betta! LOL! Thanks for dropping by!

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      ikehook lm 5 years ago

      I might have to get some fish, I used to have some as a kid until the tank cracked

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: 2 days after my last post....our lovely betta Wally has passed on. I never really thought I'd miss him this much. :_((((((((((((

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes BR...Again, different bettas have different personalities so it's not a surprise if your pet does that. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes BR...Again, different bettas have different personalities so it's not a surprise if your pet does that. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: My fish is the exact opposite. He eats when I feed him & only eats as much as he wants and leaves the rest. I can also ask him if he is hungry. If he is, he goes to his feeding hole and if not he turns his back to me and swims to back of tank. Weird right? Who'd have thought.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I have the

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Popping back in to bless this wonderfully informative lens!

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That's good to hear. Bettas have unique personalities and that's what makes them great pets. Feel free to update us on Ripple's progress. God bless you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @betta addict: Thanks for the reply, Addict! Ripple is a young betta around 4 months and his stomach has gone down since yesterday. The entire tank is getting skipped today just to be sure there is no food anywhere. I don't know what he got his fins on yesterday! He does not antagonize anybody in the tank and might be the most docile betta ever. He doesn't even flare at his reflection! My wife thinks he was a goldfish in the previous life. I haven't been able to get a camera in time to prove this, but the frogs even burble standing on his head! I'll monitor his feeding a little more closely starting tomorrow.

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi there Mike! Well, first of all, you need to understand that bettas never know when to stop eating...hehe...In fact, Faith of www.bettatalk.com refers to them as aquatic pigs...The key here is to feed your betta only twice a day, especially if its an adult. Adult bettas have slow metabolism and would have a hard time digesting food when overfed. Regarding your problem, I have a feeling your betta has a bloated stomach. A more serious diagnosis would be a swim bladder disorder, which causes bettas' stomachs to grow very large, as if they have swallowed a marble. If he is acting normal, I would suggest you skip feeding him even just for a day. That would help him digest his food and cause his stomach to return to its normal size. Otherwise, you can check this link out to find out how to treat swim bladder disorder. Good luck!

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi there Mike! Well, first of all, you need to understand that bettas never know when to stop eating...hehe...In fact, Faith of www.bettatalk.com refers to them as aquatic pigs...The key here is to feed your betta only twice a day, especially if its an adult. Adult bettas have slow metabolism and would have a hard time digesting food when overfed. Regarding your problem, I have a feeling your betta has a bloated stomach. A more serious diagnosis would be a swim bladder disorder, which causes bettas' stomachs to grow very large, as if they have swallowed a marble. If he is acting normal, I would suggest you skip feeding him even just for a day. That would help him digest his food and cause his stomach to return to its normal size. Otherwise, you can check this link out to find out how to treat swim bladder disorder. Good luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have an odd problem: my betta won't stop eating! Even after his food is gone, he continues to search through the substrate for more food. He is in a 6 gallon filtered and heated tank with three ADFs and a couple ghost shrimp. I spot feed my frogs and don't leave food in the tank. I skipped feeding today and when I got home, his stomach is very round as if overfed. All tank inhabitants are alive and accounted for. Any ideas?

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi there Kayla! Yes, it's normal for the betta pair to bite each other and chase each other around the first few hours or days you put them together in the breeding tank. Just make sure there are lots of hiding places for the female in there. If the male doesn't like her, she will likely end up getting killed or seriously hurt. I know of some breeders who separate the pair after four days and they haven't spawned yet and condition them again for anther two weeks. Good luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi I had a question about breeding betta's. I'm a beginner and is it normal when the male builds his nest and every time the female comes he bumps and chases her?

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It's relatively easy to disinfect a 1 gallon jar. Simply wash it with warm water and rub the sides of the glass with rock salt...In my case, I let fill the jar with water and pour a handful of rock salt in it and let it settle overnight...that should do the trick!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi i got a betta fish from petsmart yesterday and this morning he had white fluffy stuff growing on him witch i found out was a fungal infection, i have returned him and pretty much all their fish were sick when i was there, my question is how do i clean/disinfect the tank now? i bought new gravel and everything but the tank its only a small 1g starter one but i want to make sure when i do get one it doesn't become sick.

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Audra. Your betta must be a veiltail. Tail-biting is often a sign of stress and are common among long-tailed bettas that are kept in small jars. Experts would suggest that you keep your betta in a larger tank. But since you say he's in a 10-gallon tank, I think there's no need for you to do that. Make sure the water quality is good to avoid infection. Depressed bettas also bite their tails. You might want to show him a mirror at least 15 minutes a day. That should give him a reason for living. LOL! As for the tail-biting, I don't know exactly what can be done with it. Just make sure the water is clean and he is receiving proper nutrition to avoid further diseases. For the ick, you should do a 100% water change and treat him with aquarium salt and methyline blue until the signs are gone.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi. My betta is one with a super long tail (not a halfmoon or crowntail). When I first moved him into his ten gallon tank from a 1.5 he fought his reflection furociously. It was because of the backdrop, which is all taken care of. But during that time, he did some serious damage to his tail. It was right before Christmas. It had begun to heal nicely without any stringy strands left. This morning I woke up to find that his tail had been damaged again (not as badly). There's nothing sharp in his tank, and the only difference is a silver molly who doesn't tail nip (I've watched for hours on end) be returned to his tank from an ick infection. I've often wondered if he bites his own tail? He is fully capable of reaching it, as it is so long. If so is there a way to prevent this?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @betta addict: Oh! Thanks though, but I have only had him for about two weeks, and he never used to be like that...Sorry, bothering you again, but, why does my betta have big white patches on her head sometimes?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @betta addict: Oh! Thanks though, but I have only had him for about two weeks, and he never used to be like that...Sorry, bothering you again, but, why does my betta have big white patches on her head sometimes?

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It's his way of intimidating you...when he gets used to you, he'll stop doing it. =)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @betta addict: Um..then do you know why my betta flares at me every time I go near him? Thanks!

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: https://hubpages.com/animals/betta-addiction-betta... Here's a link on how to breed bettas. Hope this helps. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @betta addict: Okay, but do you know what to do when a betta has built a bubble nest?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My brother's betta has just made a bubble nest. Can you give me some advice about breeding?

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You're welcome. You're not being a bother, but unfortunately, I know nothing about corydoras. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @betta addict: Thank you! I wonder if I'm being a bother? Because I was wondering if you knew about corydoras?

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You're welcome. About transporting your betta, you will need to take Star out of his tank and place him inside a small plastic bag. Place just enough water for your betta to swim in or just enough water to cover him. Twist the bag and knot it, leaving enough space in the bag for oxygen. For further insulation, wrap the plastic bag with newspaper and place the bag inside a second container. The container could be made of plastic or styrofoam. If you're travelling by land, this should be enough. If you're travelling by plane, ask the airport authorities what you need for transporting a live betta. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @betta addict: Thanks a lot! That information really helps! :) I have another question, though, and it will really be wonderful if you could help me. I'm only eleven, by the way. Okay, my family will be moving house, and I am worried about Star. Can you advise me how to transport Star and his tank?

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I keep most of my bettas in 1 gallon tanks as well. When I want to do water changes, I simply siphon the dirt out until there is only 10 percent of the water left in the tank or just enough for the betta to swim. If I want to really clean the tank, I scoop the betta out with a plastic or airplane cup. I would lure my betta into the surface and use the cup to scoop it. Sometimes, the vacuum alone will pull them into the cup. This is less stressful for them. If you have a fishnet, you can also use it, although it would put your betta's fins at risk. I'm not sure if there are betta scoops sold in your local fish shop, but here in our country we have scoops made out of fabric similar to those used in umbrellas. Hope this helps. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello! I have a question for you. I have a one and half gallon tank, and I have been wondering how to change the water in it. I have tried catching my betta, but I can't catch it and I'm worried that it will have too much stress. I have tried scooping water out, but my betta, Star, was stressed out. Can you please tell me? Thank you in advance. :)

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi there Akmal...Fin rot is a common problem with bettas...it is usually caused by dirty water...while your betta's fins may grow back eventually, they will not be as beautiful as they were originally...and yes, the color of the newly grown fins will be a little bit lighter compared to the rest of his fins...if treated properly, the fins will start to grow back in a week or two...but you will have to wait for a several weeks before you can see the fins grow back to the same length again...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How do I know if my Betta's tail is growing back after healing from tail rot ? My Betta suffered from tail rot and I treated him for almost a week. All I can see that there are whitish edges on its tail ...

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @Bluemoongoddess1: Hey! You're welcome! thanks for dropping by as well... =)

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      Lisa Musser 5 years ago from Kansa, USA

      Thanks for visiting my lens! I like bettas too, I had a couple of them a few years ago.

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      fireblazzer 6 years ago

      wow.. cool looking fish.. nice page

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      It's quite obvious that you are a great fan of bettas. Many people will find this a very helpful lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You sure do have the knowledge on Bettas and share it so well, the Bettas of the world will be grateful for better care...and especially a tank rather than those little containers they usually get put into.

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      betta addict 6 years ago

      @anonymous: hey thanks for dropping by...yeah, when you mix breed a crowntail to a non-crowntail like a delta, there's a probability you'll get a comb tail.. =)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      man! thank you!! now i know more about them. i too am a betta addict. i have one red halfmoon, one black crowntail, 2 veiltail, 1 betta of which u sed a mix of crowntail and delta tail,maybe. correct me if i'm wrong.

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      betta addict 6 years ago

      @Ramkitten2000: that's right...bettas are very easy to keep but they can be picky eaters too LOL! Enjoy!

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Very interesting stuff. I don't know a thing about bettas or most other fish for that matter. Or, well, I didn't before. I do pet-sitting, so if someone ever asks me to care for their betta while they're on vacation, I'm all set. :-)

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      betta addict 6 years ago

      @moonlitta: I thought so before haha but yeah they have personality. you should get one LOL!

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      I thought betta are just some ...ughhh .. fish:) Very good lens!

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      betta addict 6 years ago

      @howtocurecancer: Thanks! yeah I'm a real betta addict LOL!

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      Great tips, I read each step, you are very passionated, addict with your pet. I have one pet, I lensrolling your lens to mine: My pet, Teddy.