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Updated on September 7, 2012

top tips for betta fish care!!

hello and welcome to my blog!! here you will find all things betta fish!!

i have been keeping my betta fish for well over 5 years, and can't get enough of the little critters! i have three perfect little fish right now, but i used to breed them.. and ended up keeping the fish i took a shine to! (they took a shine to me too!)

they come in all shapes and sizes, colours and shades; and are one of the beautiful fish around! they are EXTREMELY easy to keep, as they don't require much attention..

if your keeping fish now or looking to buy some, i have some great tips and info you have just got to hear ! (well see, if your picky :)

to start things off....

betta fish care tips

THE BASICS

a lot of people make mistakes from the beginning.. which is annoying for most when finding out , because you would most probably need to start over again... and that is why ive put together a few VITAL tips , well i suppose, their more like rules;.. rules that you don't neccesarily HAVE to follow... but if you want your fish happy at least, then i would stick to these neat little tricks :) if you guys have any queries , feel free to leave a comment with your email, and i will be happy to return an answer....

1. ENOUGH SPACE!! these fish arnt picky and will adapt to most habitats (underwater of course:).. but just because they will adapt, doesn't mean that their happy! their gorgeous tails should have enough space to open all its tail and fins out fully, without scrapping or knocking on either the glass its in .. OR any little underwater trinkets you might put into your tank ( not to mention other fish:) .. a larger tank will also ensure that theres enough oxygen to support them as well!

2. CLEAN WATER! this should be obvious anyway.. any keeper sould tell you this before selling them to you anyway.. but a lot of them will say to clean out your fish tankevery week.. but if you really want your little friends happy and sparkly, then i would say to clean them out every three days!! well that's what i do anyway, but its really down to you.. betta fish don't need any filteration, but dirty water WILL NOT keep your fish happy, and really increases the chances of them catching disease!

3. FIGHTING!! betta's are also know as siamese fighting fish, the reason being that if you put two males together..they WILL fight to the death!! which is all good to watch on the discovery channel, but not so good in your fishes tank!! its best to get 2 females, but you can have one male in with as many females as your tank can handle.. you can also have betta's with, algea eaters, guppies, and corydorus catfish.

4.DON'T USE SOAP!! cleaning with soap will change the Ph balance of the water.. and that's not good for your fish! many people use really simple cleaning products, but must be Ph neutral.. (unless official fish tank cleaning product)

5.THEY JUMP!! although laid back creatures (unless fighting to the death lol) , they do have a lot of energy to burn off.. and will try to jump out of the water ( and usually succeed). this mainly happens when the tank is to small for the fish, but can happen randomly.. so keep them covered ! unless you want them on your floor when you get home from work!! ( if you do.... don't own fish :)

note

if you follow these simple tips, you sould have some happy fish.. but don't get me wrong , there is other factors that come into play.. if you really want you fish to sparkle, theres a lot you can do to help you little critters, but be careful when buying books with tips and tricks in, as a lot of them are crap.. i have brought plenty (100's) of books in the past, and 99% of them didn't help me out atall! they just streched out the exact tips ive just given to you in 200 words!.. so be careful..

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a word of warning!

its all very well searching your poorly betta fish's symptoms online, then landing on a website such as this one to look for a definitive answer to your problem. But to be honest, there is alot more to betta fish keeping then i could ever go through on a single website! and although i try my best to answer your questions, im unfortunately not always around to do so, and by the time i do, it may be too late.

the trick is getting everything right from the beginning, and knowing what to do yourself is vital to your betta's health and well being.

so i strongly suggest gearing yourself up with a top reference book!

there are many great book out there you could use, and believe me when i say ALOT (i pretty much bought them all like the idiot i am)

but after going through most of them, there was always one that stood out for me....

Bettas (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
Bettas (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)

this book covers absolutely everything you need to know about betta fish keeping.

it is extremely in depth, and once purchased, you will not need to buy another one ever again!

it covers everything i go through on the blog, plus a whole bunch more!

its exceptionally easy to use, and although mentions other similar fish as-well, it covers EVERYTHING you need to know!

if you don't believe me just read the reviews on Amazon.

its a fantastic book that i stongly suggest EVERY Betta fish keeper should not only own.. but reference it as if it was a bible.

 

is my fish ill???

betta fish care tips

is my betta fish ill??

good question! there are soooo many different illneses and diseases your betta fish can catch, and a lot of them you can't tell in there early stages ( which is the best time to try and cure the illness ). so ive put together a little chart for you guys out there, so you can tell if you fish's abnormal behavior is down to the critter just being odd, or if its something more serious... i have also put together a collection of illneses and there symptoms, so you can not only tell if there ill, but what there ill from.. i hope all is well with mr betta fish your end, but if not.. i hope that this info helps.

SICK BETTA / SIAMESE FIGHTING FISH

Does not eat at all or eats reluctantly and may spit out his food.

Is not active. May lay at the bottom and come up only for air, or may stay at the surface in a corner.

May dart and purposely runs into anything he can (gravel, rocks, etc) in an effort to scratch itself.

Looks paler, color is dull, may turn gray

Tail and sometimes fins are clumped, closed, stiff looking or falling apart

Body may have: open sores, white cottony patches, red spots, lumps or white spots.

One or both eyes are protruding and swollen

One or both gills do not close all the way and stay half open (swollen/inflamed). They may look red.

Scales are raised (like a pine cone)

Belly looks too hollow or on the contrary is abnormally swollen and big.

HEALTHY BETTA / SIAMESE FIGHTING FISH

Eats like a little pig

Swims around and is active

Acts normal

Is colorful and vibrant

Fins and tail are spread out like fans

Body looks slick and clean

Eyes are normal

Gills are normal

Scales are smooth

i hope that helped, if you think your betta fish may be ill, and you value his/her life, ( which im sure you do :) you really do need to act quickly! theres a few tricks to particular diseases which i'l go through next.. but who's to say it wont happen again?? and im telling you , it most certainly will.. ( did you know , healthy betta fish can live for up to 5 or 6 years!! but a lot of them don't make it past a year!! and even more then that don't make it past 8 months!! ) its just the really simple , easy things that make a difference, so be sure to follow my advice here on this blog :)

COMMON BETTA FISH DISEASES AND THEIR TREATMENTS

betta fish care tips

here's some common diseases that you will almost certainly come across :( its sad , i know.. buts its true.. the trick is to catch it early, and be prepared! to really get your self prepared , you got to know your stuff... and learn how to prevent it in the first place!! so here are some tips on treating your poorly betta. :)

betta fungal infection
betta fungal infection

Fungal infection

betta fish care tips

GENERAL INFO:

If you always add aquarium salt to your betta's water (1 teaspoon of aquarium salt per 2 1/2 Gal of water) and one drop of Aquarisol per gal, your betta will probably never get fungus. It is contagious, but bettas will more than likely recover if treated promptly.

SYMPTOMS:

Betta has white cottony like patches on its body or head. He may be less active, may have stopped eating, fins may be clumped, color may be pale.

TREATMENT:

Do a full jar water change. Add "Fungus Eliminator" (can be found in all good pet stores). These are crystals, and dosage should be about 30-40 grains per 1/2 gal. Water should have a nice gold color, not too dark. Do not overmedicate! Change water every third day and add a new dose of same medication. Continue until all fungus has disappeared.

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some products to help treat a fungal infection :)

betta fin rot
betta fin rot

Tail or fin rot

Betta fish care tips

GENERAL INFO:

This disease comes mainly from dirty water. If you keep his water VERY clean Mr. Betta will never get tail/fin rot. It is not overly contagious, and bettas will more than likely recover if treated promptly. Fins/tail will grow back, though may not have same color or may not look as good or be as long.

frayed fins and a darker edge are clear signs of fin rot

SYMPTOMS:

Betta's fins and/or tail seem to be getting shorter and shorter. Or they seem to be falling apart and dissolving. There may be a darker color (or a reddish one) to the edge of the betta's fins/tail. He may be still active and eating normally, or may have stopped eating, fins may be clumped, color may be pale.

TREATMENT:

Do a full jar water change. Use tetracycline or Triple Sulfa (available from all good pet stores) combined with Fungus Eliminator . Change water every third day and add a new dose of same medication. Continue until fins/tail stop receding and start showing some new growth. This may take up to 4 weeks, so don't give up. Once rot stops and fins start growing back you can stop treatment, but not before then.

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some products to help treat fin rot :)

another word of warning!! - Betta fish care tips

its all very well searching your poorly betta fish's symptoms online, then landing on a website such as this one to look for a definitive answer to your problem. But to be honest, there is alot more to betta fish keeping then i could ever go through on a single website! and although i try my best to answer your questions, im unfortunately not always around to do so, and by the time i do, it may be too late.

the trick is getting everything right from the beginning, and knowing what to do yourself is vital to your betta's health and well being.

so i strongly suggest gearing yourself up with a top reference book!

there are many great book out there you could use, and believe me when i say ALOT (i pretty much bought them all like the idiot i am)

but after going through most of them, there was always one that stood out for me....

Bettas (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
Bettas (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)

this book covers absolutely everything you need to know about betta fish keeping.

it is extremely in depth, and once purchased, you will not need to buy another one ever again!

it covers everything i go through on the blog, plus a whole bunch more!

its exceptionally easy to use, and although mentions other similar fish as-well, it covers EVERYTHING you need to know!

if you don't believe me just read the reviews on Amazon.

its a fantastic book that i stongly suggest EVERY Betta fish keeper should not only own.. but reference it as if it was a bible.

 

Ick (ich)

betta fish care tips

GENERAL INFO:

Ick is a pesky little parasite. If you always add aquarium salt to your betta's water (1 teaspoon of aquarium salt per 2 1/2 Gal of water) and one drop of Aquarisol per gal, your betta will never get ick. It is very contagious, but bettas will fully recover if treated promptly. Frozen live food may carry ick.

tiny white dots on body, head and fins, typical of ick

SYMPTOMS:

Betta has white dots (looks like he was sprinkled with salt) all over his body and head, even eyes. He may be less active, may have stopped eating, fins may be clumped. he may also be darting and scratching against rocks, plants and whatever else he can find.

TREATMENT:

Ick is a parasite. Because ick is contagious, it is preferable to treat the whole tank when one fish is found to have it. Ick is temperature sensitive: Leave your betta in the community tank and raise temperature to 85 F and add one drop of Aquarisol per gal every day until cured. It will only take a few days to get rid of the pesky little parasites. If your betta lives in a jar/bowl, then you cannot raise the temperature. Do not attempt to put a heater in a tank smaller than 5 gal. You cannot control temperature fluctuation in a small tank/bowl and will probably end up boiling your betta!!! Do a full water change and add one drop of Aquarisol and salt (per above proportions) to the water. If you have empty tank and heater, then move betta to it and raise temperature of water to 85 F as per above. The reason is that the parasites are sensitive to the heat and at 85F they become free swimming (detach themselves from betta's skin and go for a swim in the water which contains the Aquarisol. Aquarisol then kills them). Guess their mothers never told them to never go for a swim right after dinner!! :)

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here are some recommended products for treating ick :)

betta dropsy
betta dropsy

Dropsy

Betta fish care tips

GENERAL INFO: This is a most common and most fatal betta disease. often linked to the feeding of live foods, especially black worms. Very little is know about it, but what causes the raised scales is fluid building up under the skin, inside the betta's tissue. Usually what causes this is liver failure, And as you know, once the kidneys fail, the body dies. I think that is why we have had so little luck (mmmmm... Let me rephrase, NO LUCK AT ALL) in treating successfully bettas with dropsy. Although dropsy (the illness) itself is not contagious, the bacteria that cause the infection in the first place usually is very very contagious. Since I stopped feeding live worms to my bettas I have not seen one single case of dropsy in my fishroom :). Thank God!

SYMPTOMS:

It is easy to diagnose a betta with Dropsy: Look for two signs: an abnormally big (bloated) belly and if you look at betta from the top, raised scales. Scales will look like an open pine cone. If you see this, you are out of luck, and so is Betta. He will soon go to betta heaven :(

TREATMENT:

No known cure. Keep water clean, keep him AWAY from any other bettas etc… On occasion, in the case of a very mild raised scales, I have seen bettas recover on their own. But I suspect that this is because those cases are NOT real dropsy. Real dropsy always kill. So I guess you have to wait and see what happens. Treating is pretty useless. It may take up to 15 days for betta to die, though usually about 5 days. Any betta with dropsy should be immediately ISOLATED!!!! Prayer may not hurt.

betta inflamed gills
betta inflamed gills

Inflamed gills

betta fish care tips

inflamed gills (for betta fish and siamese fighting fish)

GENERAL INFO: The gill or gills of a betta may become inflamed, because of nitrate poisoning, and possibly bacterial infections, or even a defective gill (if it was born that way).

SYMPTOMS:

One or both gills will not close all the way (look at betta from the top it is easier to see it then), gills may look red on the inside (inflamed) or not, in the last stages, the betta may be gasping for air, unable to breath and ultimately die.

TREATMENT:

Isolate sick betta. Do a full jar water change every third day. Every time you change water, add antibiotic (Pick one that treats inflamed gills, like Ampicillin for example) to the water. In the case of nitrate poisoning, simply add one drop of methylene blue in betta's jar.

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some products that will help treat your betta's inflamed gills :)

yet another word of warning! - betta fish care tips

its all very well searching your poorly betta fish's symptoms online, then landing on a website such as this one to look for a definitive answer to your problem. But to be honest, there is a lot more to betta fish keeping then i could ever go through on a single website! and although i try my best to answer your questions, im unfortunately not always around to do so, and by the time i do, it may be too late.

the trick is getting everything right from the beginning, and knowing what to do yourself is vital to your betta's health and well being.

so i strongly suggest gearing yourself up with a top reference book!

there are many great book out there you could use, and believe me when i say A lot (i pretty much bought them all like the idiot i am)

but after going through most of them, there was always one that stood out for me....

Bettas (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
Bettas (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)

this book covers absolutely everything you need to know about betta fish keeping.

it is extremely in depth, and once purchased, you will not need to buy another one ever again!

it covers everything i go through on the blog, plus a whole bunch more!

its exceptionally easy to use, and although mentions other similar fish as-well, it covers EVERYTHING you need to know!

if you don't believe me just read the reviews on Amazon.

its a fantastic book that i stongly suggest EVERY Betta fish keeper should not only own.. but reference it as if it was a bible.

 
betta swim bladder disorder
betta swim bladder disorder

Swim bladder disorder

betta fish care tips

GENERAL INFO:

This is also a common betta problem. It is not contagious. It comes from overfeeding. It is especially common in very young bettas (30 to 60 days old) and can affect some Double Tail bettas when overfed or stressed..

SYMPTOMS:

Bettas with a swim bladder disorder will have difficulty swimming, because their swim bladder (located alongside the spine between the belly and the tail) is either too short (causing them to not be able to swim horizontally) or it is swollen (causing them to float on one side). Double Tail bettas, (because they have a shorter body), are especially prone to the "floaters" problem. In the case of a short swim bladder, the bettas will not be able to maneuver and swimming becomes so difficult, they prefer to just lay at the bottom, sliding on their bellies, which is why they are called "belly sliders".

TREATMENT:

Bettas may recover on their own, but since overfeeding induces swimbladder disorders in most cases, the first thing to do is feed a lot less. Brine shrimp and too much of it is the biggest culprit, so if your bettas are bellysliding, stop the brine shrimp for a while and thereafter learn to have a more balanced diet, alternating brine shrimp with microworms or worms (depending on how old your bettas are). Do not kill a betta with a swimbladder disorder. It may recover on its own at any time, and is not suffering. Further more, the ailment is NOT contagious. To help the fish if it cannot eat, lower the water level. Adding some BettaZing to the water for a few weeks may not hurt either ;).

depressed betta
depressed betta

? POSSIBLE DEPRESSION ?

betta fish care tips

?possible deppression?

Sometimes a betta will act sick but not exhibits any symptoms. He could either have internal parasites, or some mild bacterial infection, or simply be depressed. Bettas often become depressed when they are first jarred as young fries, and get separated from their siblings. Also, males often become depressed after spawning. A depressed betta will stop eating and swimming around and may let himself starve to death. This is not as unusual as one may think!

SYMPTOMS:

Bettas may or may not have slightly clamped fins, lay at bottom or at surface, not eat, barely swim around. They will not flare or build bubble nests.

TREATMENT:

Do a full water change for jars or a 70% water change for tanks. Isolate any suspected sick betta.. If the betta was just spawned or just jarred, and it is likely to simply have depression: In the case of a newly jarred young betta, float his jar inside the tank where his siblings still are.

some products to keep your betta fish happy! - betta fish care tips

here are some products that will help keep your fish happy :)

don't want the little critter getting bored now do we!!

OMG, another word of warning! - betta fish care tips

its all very well searching your poorly betta fish's symptoms online, then landing on a website such as this one to look for a definitive answer to your problem. But to be honest, there is a lot more to betta fish keeping then i could ever go through on a single website! and although i try my best to answer your questions, im unfortunately not always around to do so, and by the time i do, it may be too late.

the trick is getting everything right from the beginning, and knowing what to do yourself is vital to your betta's health and well being.

so i strongly suggest gearing yourself up with a top reference book!

there are many great book out there you could use, and believe me when i say A lot (i pretty much bought them all like the idiot i am)

but after going through most of them, there was always one that stood out for me....

Bettas (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
Bettas (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)

this book covers absolutely everything you need to know about betta fish keeping.

it is extremely in depth, and once purchased, you will not need to buy another one ever again!

it covers everything i go through on the blog, plus a whole bunch more!

its exceptionally easy to use, and although mentions other similar fish as-well, it covers EVERYTHING you need to know!

if you don't believe me just read the reviews on Amazon.

its a fantastic book that i stongly suggest EVERY Betta fish keeper should not only own.. but reference it as if it was a bible.

 

summary

betta fish care tips

well i hope all that helped! it really is the little things that help the most. as long as you get it right from the outset, treat them well, and clean the little critters fish tanks out often. then they will live for a long time :) if you have any questions i'l try my best to help you out! leave a comment or email me :)

take care

*enjoy your betta; the better, they will enjoy you.*

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      christy nemmer 2 years ago

      I have a male betta and he gathered up his food he hadn't eaten and put it in a pile in the corner of his tank why did he do that ?

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      Liva 3 years ago

      Hi,

      I've raised bettas before, and I'm thinking about buying one again, and I was considering putting a bamboo plant into the habitat.

      Do you know if bettas are sensitive to bamboo at all? I haven't been able to find anything that confirms or denies this, but I don't want to hurt my fish just because of an experiment....

      Email is liva.c.niquidet@hotmail.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My betta fish isn't eating, he has done this before but this time around its been a good 3 - 4 weeks he isn't eating hardly anything at all? I am obviously converned for his well fare. He also doesn't seem to react to anything, i am thinking he may be blind? Eitherway I want my fish back - happy to see us in the morning, wanting food and swimming around. I am doing all the right things, water changes, conditioning, using betta fix - just can't see why he hasn't changed his eating habits.

      Can you provide some advice?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Betta appears to have swim bladder disease. Water is clean. What can I do other than Betta zing?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We just got our Betta fishes yesterday for our girls. But one of them seems to be not as active as the other one... spits out his food... but does still swim around.

      My question is: we bought a split tank. If it turns out this one has a fungus do I need to remove the other betta?!

      Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My second year of college I had a room to myself and I thought I needed a fish friend. So my friend Mary and I went to Walmart and picked out a Betta Fish, a tank, and a SpongeBob house. I took him home and named him Fiji. Over two years Fiji and I have built a friendship. I learned that he has so many personalities, but laying around and not swimming around was not one of them. I moved back with my mother and I kinda started to fail at taking care of him. Recently I knew I was going to move in with my boyfriend so I held off on changing his water. When I finally did bring Fiji to my boyfriends house I noticed that he wasn't being himself. So I did some research and I came across this blog. I know you said that you are not a professional on Betta fish, but I just wanted to thank you for having enough knowledge to help someone like me. I read your blog and picked out some symptoms that Fiji had. They included laying at the bottom of the tank, staying in his moon rock, not eating, not willingly swimming, and his fins were damaged. So I went to Walmart and picked out some medicine for him. Just by reading your blog within one day I saw a complete different fish again! This is the second day and he is even happier then yesterday! Again THANK YOU I am glad to have my Fiji back!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi I bought my daughter a betta fish and the next day it was died so now Iâm doing some research on betta fish thank goodness I found your website. Thanks for all the tips this will help me a lot

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: it could do.. well done for treating it properly, but be extra careful with water changes etc. it wouldn't hurt to treat her for fin rot every so often regardless of any sign of symptoms. this will keep her from catching it again!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a male betta Ive had him 1year, & 2months, he is very active, jumps up out of the water to get his food when he sees me coming over to feed him, but he has a black raised spot on his side, & it liiks like it has gotten bigger, Have you ever heard of this or know what it is. I feed him flake food for Betta's never live food. thank you

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: this is a good thing don't worry! it means he is content with his surroundings, and is making bubble nests :) well done!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Why RE THERE ALWAYS BUBBLES ON THE TOP OF THE TANK????

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Mine does that too. I do know that they are a VERY interactive fish. Mine will stare at me forever until I acknowledge it. At which point it will flare it's gills and swim to the top of the bowl expecting meals. It's initially a defensive tactic to make it seem bigger than it isbut also uses this a communication device.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Why does my fish flare out his front gills when he is at the wall if tank?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow I came on looking for a few care tips (since I`m getting a betta and I thought I should be prepared) and found much more now I`m going to be able to diagnose my little fishy friend and be able to love and care for them properly thank you so much I`m now truly excited about getting a new friend!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi i just got my first betta fish from a friend. he/she has already been with them for 5 months. they gave me a small tank with some rocks some lights and a plant decoration, she cleaned the tank before giving it to me. so i have he/she in a vase which she gave me as well with the fish in it. she explained how to put the tank back together. she also gave me little bottles of water clear (cleans cloudy or hazy auarium) and start right (conditions tap water) but im unsure about how much of it to use... so i could really use some help because i want he/she to live so bad but im scared im going to mess this all up..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      how do i breed bettas

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      One of my female look like she is sick one of her eyes are big what can i do

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for your help . My betta fish is healtier than ever.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had a male betta for almost a year, I found some pretty stones on the beach and changed out his stones for these. I also have a prayer plant with the roots in the water, anyway, he died like 5 days after. I bought a new betta fish and he only lasted 4 days. Any idea what if the lake rocks may not be good for them?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had a male betta for almost a year, I found some pretty stones on the beach and changed out his stones for these. I also have a prayer plant with the roots in the water, anyway, he died like 5 days after. I bought a new betta fish and he only lasted 4 days. Any idea what if the lake rocks may not be good for them?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have just got a baby Betta about nine weeks old he (or she) seems to be ok, however I am a little worried about bladder infection because his/her lower half is a bit lower than the baby Betta fry in the pictures. I a also a bit concerned because instead of small gravel or sand I am using larger rock witch he/she swims under and I am afraid he/she might get stuck. Is it normal the his/her lower half it a bit vertical? and should I be concerned with the rocks?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: No it usually is not. However there is a trick to tell. Yourun a pair of panty hose over it and if it snags then yes it will be to ruff.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: No! You cannot not put males and females in the same tank. If you wanted to you could put females together but you would have to have at least five. As for the shrimp, maybe it depenps on how viloant the bettas are. When it comes to cleaning make sure you have a filter, you wont have to clean it as often. You would be ok with just one male. Like I said you need at least five females so they do not pick on each other. And when itroduced to the tank they all need to go in at the same time.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I personally haven't seen it but I have heard about it. I forget the name, but I think it may have something to do with the food, you may want to try changing it and if you notice anything besides regular behavior such as if he swims a little on that side or seems irritated you may want to show photos to someone where you got him. They may know what it is or have another idea that could help

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've have a male Betta for 2-years 2-months, he has a developed a large dark spot on his side, that is getting bigger, & protrudes, it started as a black spot on his side. he acts fine, he jumps up out of the water when we feed him, attacks the side of the bowl, Eats great, Do you know what it is? have you ever seen this before? Thank You.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You shouldn't put bottled water in. Just tap and put conditioner in it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Got my daughter one... very active, but keeps flaring its gills and trying to attack its reflection... there's a light on the top of the tank, but he still does it... just got him today, have had bettas before, but never one that's acted like this... I guess my ?s... is this normal? Will he stress himself to death over his own reflection? And will he get over this as time goes by and he gets used to his new home & realize there's no other fish for him to worry about?! Thanks so much!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just bought a 10 gal tank @ a garage sale. How do I clean it? Can i put 2 females and one male and some (2 or 3) red shrimp in it also? Do I use bottled water...spring, distilled or RO water or tap? Where is the best place to buy healthy Bettas? And last but least what book would you recommend. Holly Anne

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hey i got a beta and she used to have fin rot but she got better will it come back? i am so worried

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: you can try, my friend recently bought a betta and three mollies and put them in a ten gallon tank. the betta killed all but one, she now has a tank divider with the betta on one side and the Mollie on the other, it also depends on the personality of your betta, if yours is more aggressive like my friends it may be a good idea to keep him alone or get a tank divider, if on the other hand he seems more laid back it's very possible that all of your fish will get along just fine. i hope this helped :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      can i put my betta in a fish tank with other type of fish?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love your blog!! We bought over a dozen little goldfish for son a few weeks ago. He wanted a pet so we went and bought the aquarium and the whole shabang. We named them all! Then the unthinkable happened, they slowly started going belly up till we had none. We tried to do everything to save them. Then someone told us about Betta's. We bought a girl, we named her Betty (she's sooo coool!). We were so happy with her we bought her a mate (didn't work out so well). Anyway I've been trying to research their care and came across your blog, THANK YOU!!!! You'r blog is detailed and very informative, I appreciate you taking the time to write this. We are so in love and fasinated with these little critters, they are just so beautiful to watch. Thanks again for posting your tips! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I get that too! My daughter's beta doesn't. Could it be the temperature in the room? My beta is in a room that gets colder with the air conditioning. My daughter's room does not get too cold.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my betta Sam died a couple of weeks ago but he wasn't floating,he sank. He was really stiff,i didn't know what was wrong but he may have died of old age. Then 2 days ago i got an other fish but today he died but again he didn't float but sank. His lips were touching the tank floor and now hes at the top. I checked his mouth to see if he choked but i didn't see anything. Can you tell me what went wrong?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @georgegannon: The hard plastic won't be too rough on their scales? Also I only have led lighting. What other lighting can I use so my plants won't die.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @georgegannon: The hard plastic won't be too rough on their scales? Also I only have led lighting. What other lighting can I use so my plants won't die.

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: of course! i also have one in one of my tanks, they love it! be wary though, if your betta changes dramatically when you put the tree in, give it 24 hours for betta to get used to it, you will either find he goes back to normal, or starts being a little off.. how he reacts will tell you wether you should have it in there or not. nearly 100% of the time they love it though ! :) happy keeping!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think my betta has dropsy, it's a female and has scales opened up. But she doesn't have a bloated belly, at least it doesn't look like it. She hasn't been eating or moving at all, some of her fins are torn because she had a fight with an elder female betta, then I separated her into a jar. One of her ventral fins is torn too because of the fight. Before she showed some dropsy symptoms, she was swimming like a healthy betta but whenever she rest, she looses balance. Is this dropsy or something else? if it is, is there anyway to save her? I'm really desperate and upset )':

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, I have a plastic bonsai tree aquarium decoration. Is it safe for Betta? Thanks so much for your info.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, I have a plastic bonsai tree aquarium decoration. Is it safe for Betta? Thanks so much for your info.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just bought my sweet lil Betta fish yesterday . he appeared to be active and was swimming around a lot , once I got back to my house & properly put him in his new tank he has just been floating at the top of his bowl with barely any movement . However he did eat the 3 pellets I put in there . & along the side of the tank there are a bunch of fizzy looking bubbles . could you please help , I hope hes ok !

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: right ok this seems like swim bladder disorder..

      REATMENT:

      Bettas may recover on their own, but since overfeeding induces swimbladder disorders in most cases, the first thing to do is feed a lot less. Brine shrimp and too much of it is the biggest culprit, so if your bettas are bellysliding, stop the brine shrimp for a while and thereafter learn to have a more balanced diet, alternating brine shrimp with microworms or worms (depending on how old your bettas are). Do not kill a betta with a swimbladder disorder. It may recover on its own at any time, and is not suffering. Further more, the ailment is NOT contagious. To help the fish if it cannot eat, lower the water level. Adding some BettaZing to the water for a few weeks may not hurt either ;).

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: hmm this is odd.. are you treating the water? what with?

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: aww thats awesome, im glad your betta fish is happy!

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: thats very sad to hear :( as i strongly recommend in this lens, every owner should have some sort of book or reference to go to for guidance. there are many sites for this, but taking advise from strangers on forums isn't always the best way to go, hence why i made this lens!

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: dont worry to much, make sure he has enough space in his tank, roman pillar should probably be removed for the moment. these are things you should add once the fish is content in his surroundings. you can then add them and gauge if he changes, either for the better, or worse. and remove/keep if necessary. you may find this really helps.

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: no problem, i hope this lens helped. im glad too hear it! happy keeping

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: i sincerely apologise for the late reply. have you managed to sort it? the instructions within this lens explain what you should do. hope your fish is well

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: sorry for the late reply, bubbles are actually a good thing. it nearly always means he is content and building bubble nests. something any keeper should be proud of when their betta fish does this! as for the jagged tail, i believe i have answered this question following you other post. many thanks, good luck and happy keeping

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: apologies for the late reply. how was the fish when you bought it? was is flailing its fans? or all clamped up? sounds like you may have bought a fish with fin rot. treat as explained above. i hope you sort it

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: yes i would definitely clean it all 100%. start again from scratch. try recreating the exact tank he was in before the algae. treat him for fin rot as explained above, and with a fresh tank this should help A lot.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have had a male betta for two years, and he has been good. Recently though he just hides behind the bell (which has holes to swim through) and does not make any bubbles. I change 1/2 of his water weekly and all of that but it did not make a difference. So I decided to get a female betta and set up her tank right next to his (he has become a lot more active). But this fish is either somewhat blind or not very smart because she does not see the food at the top, and by the time she realizes it is there it is sinking to the bottom (she goes after it but does not catch it). Just yesterday I found her behind my desk covered in dust (desk is tough to move) and yes there is a lid on the tank but there is a hole in it fr air. Now she just lays on her side and does not move her tail, even though her fins work and she is breathing. How can I help her?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I cleaned my beta tank today and we put him in a little bowl for about 2 minutes, he was floating sideways at the top but when we put him back in and he swam happily around, this lasted about 1 minute he's floating sideways again but breathing. Should I be worried?? Please answer I'm getting really worried!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my betta bowl gets a film over top of water a few days after changing water. If I do not skim it off it gets thicker and thicker. The film is white in color when I skim it. What could be causing this. My betta is active and eats well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have had my betta, Flounder, for about 6 months now. He is very happy. He lives in a vase and I think he might like a plant in there. What type would be best to put in?

      P.S. He really enjoys listening to music, while I am cleaning my room. He always gets excited when I put it on.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I wish I knew these different diseases a lot sooner, my last betta died a few months ago from bladder disorder. i thought he was dying of old age, when really it was cuz i fed him too much. : / But yeah Betas should be in a 2.5 gallon tank at the least!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi! I just received my beautiful new friend from my mom a couple days ago. He has a roman pillar to swim through and a moss ball for the oxygen. He isn't eating though and im worried about him. I got the water purifier solution and everything. What should I do?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for those tips i think my beta fish feels great and happy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My fish has fin rot and I'm really worried. I wanted to know about how well tetracycline will work. Please respond quickly I don't wanna lose my beautiful fish

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi! We got a new beta 2 days ago and yesterday placed her in her home- a 2.5 gallon tank with gravel and decorations. She seemed really happy there last night and this morning was toward the bottom left corner. We fed her and I've noticed throughout the day she's been staying just below the surface of the water near the filter with all her fins clamped I've turned the filter off and she's moved to a different area but still just at the surface. Her fins are more open. Does this sound normal- just the change? I'm worried that its our water- we have filtered well water that we conditioned

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: right.. so treat him for betta fin rot, this wont hurt atall and may clear up any infection he has also.. no harm whatsoever, and best to catch it quick. other than that, keep the water clean and treat him as if he has an infection (which is probably true), don't wait for the synmptoms to get worse though as it may be too late.. get cracking now and all should be fine :) happy betta fish keeping!

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @cocoafun: agreed and thanks for the info :) i ave a tank with some black mollies in also.. all fish have different personalities. but in my experience, betta fish are by fair the most charismatic :) happy keepig!

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: unfortunatly, bubble nests have to be sacrificed sometimes.. but just think, they wouldn't get built in the fisrt place if the water wasn't being changed.. so its all good. do what you do normally and change the water. another nest will be built don't worry :) and yes.. its ok to put real, untreated flowers in your tank for decoration.. just know that the make the water dirty and deteriorate often.. fake flower are a no no as they are often treated with chemicals :)

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: unfortunatly, bubble nests have to be sacrificed sometimes.. but just think, they wouldn't get built in the fisrt place if the water wasn't being changed.. so its all good. do what you do normally and change the water. another nest will be built don't worry :) and yes.. its ok to put real, untreated flowers in your tank for decoration.. just know that the make the water dirty and deteriorate often.. fake flower are a no no as they are often treated with chemicals :)

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: yes a temperature drop is probably the most likely cause of the issue, remember that the glass of tank or bowl works as a lens, and the colours, lighting and shadows of the tanks surroundings play a big part what the fish sees and his environment.. try your best to recreate the same external environment. this may help dramatically! and with regards to your betta fishs fins.. have the white spots just appeared? or been there a while? it could be that's just how the fish looks... if they have appeared out of nowhere i would treat them as fin rot, as its best to catch it early and no harm if it isn't fin rot :) happy keeping ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I left the question regarding bubbles in the tank. Is this normal. I just bought the betta fish 4 hours ago.

      His tail is alittle jagged, I didn't know much about these fish, so maybe they sold me a sick fish. HELP!! don't know what to do.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I just asked questions about the bubbles in the tank. Reading some of the comments, my little guys tail is all jagged, maybe he has some of these problems everyone is talking about. I just bought him 4 hours ago. HELP!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just bought a betta fish, really nervous. I put the water conditioner in, little guy ate approx. 4 little balls.

      I noticed the water has lots of small bubbles all over!! is this normal.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a male elephant ear betta and have had him since December. He lives in a one gallon tank with no filter or decorations with gravel. He seemed relatively happy (flaring fins, healthy looking, energetic) until about a week or two ago. I clean his tank about once a week by sucking up waste from the gravel and replacing about 2/3 of the water with tap water that has been treated. A few month ago I decided to add plants. I added a few bulbs but after that i noticed that algae began to grow (it had never grown before). The plant grew but I took it out after i found him trapped under the bulb one day. Since then the algae has been growing incredibly fast and the water is still green even right after cleaning. I'm afraid of cleaning his tank too much. Today I noticed that he has fin rot and bought some medication (dissolving pellets). The lady at the pet store said the algae was healthy and that the medication should help, but I'm worried if I'm doing everything right. I have never cleaned his tank 100% and don't know if it would be a bad or good thing to do since he has fin rot. He was such a beautiful fish and I want him back to being happy and healthy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey I just got a new betta and he looked really good in the tiny jar as far as I could tell. Had a tank set, conditioned, and live bamboo waiting for him. He seems pretty friendly, calm, but active. He's even started on a bubble nest :) Now my concern is his dorsal fin. His tail and anal fins are flared but his dorsal I'm thinking may be a little clumped. It stands up and kinda flares but it looks like it could definitely flare more. When I got him in the jar, he didn't have room to flare out entirely so I didn't think anything of it. After reading through a lot, it looks like clumped fins are a symptom of an array of things. I don't see any other symptom(s) that could give me an idea to figure out what's wrong. Have any suggestions on what I can do to help him or what's going on?

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: dont prod him to much.. sometimes it takes a while for them to settle in new surroundings.. give it a week. if nothing changes then get back to me :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi I just got a betta fish yesterday and I'm not exactly sure how to feed it. Can you give me some advice

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      cocoafun 4 years ago

      A comment on caring for a betta. You can put fish like black mollies to accompany your betta. But to be on the safe side u shouldn't have other fish accompany your betta. bettas have different personalities

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, i have two questions-

      -is it okay to like put flowers in my tank for like decoration (like a flower vase)

      -i have a five and a half gallon tank and i do partial water changes one a week but now my betta {Terry} made a bubble nest and im afraid to destroy it!!!

      WHAT SHOULD I DO!!!!!????

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi! I've had a wonderful crowntail male betta since November this year. He lived in a one gallon bowl up in my dorm until last week. When I put him in his new 2 gallon rectangular tank, he has since not been interested in food and swims back and forth constantly, but then will stop and float near the top of the tank for long periods of time. He also used to jump for his food (I taught him this trick) but now will not even notice I'm holding food to give him. I've changed the water, and it could be that there has been a temperature drop between my school dorm and my house. Lastly, his two long front fins have white tips. Is this fin rot? Because his fins seems otherwise healthy. Thanks for any help! I just want him eating again!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've had my beautiful crowntail betta in his new 20L home for 3 days now and I have fed him fighter fish pallets and today have tried dried brime shrimp but he spits the pallets out and swims towards then away from the dried brime shrimp.. what can I feed him that he will eat?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My betta eat good but he stay in the corner of the surface the only time that I can get him move around is with a mirrow

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Bought a beautiful crowntail betta last weekend, have my tank all set up was just wondering if I should add aquarium salt in with the water? and how much would I put in since I have a 20L tank? Thanks!

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: right first things first.. by yourself a book on keeping bettas.. there's plenty of them, but i recommend the book i use throughout this lens.. you may not necessarily have the right heat pad, and may heat to warm, or not at all etc. so without further info there is not much advice i can give, other than BUY A BOOK. with bettas, its best to get things right from the beginning, it would suck getting attached to the little critter, and then for him to die... and of course, if you don't know what your doing, the same mistakes will be made over and over again! get your self a book, then follow the instructions to the letter :) let me know if you have any queries!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i bought A betta 2 weeks ago, with a kit, it apparently had everything it needed, aside from food, water conditioner and heat source lol.. so is a hear source necessary, i have bought a heat mat on ebay it came with no instructions whatsoever, so i dunno what im doing. Never had bettas before, but i just love them, when i get this lil guys set up right, i will be buying more ( in separate tanks of course!). SO how do you use a heat mat/should i be using the mat? AND since i bought hi home, he hardly eats anything, and looks very sad. theres no spots on him, so not ICH, his gills are fine, and his scales arent sticking out... i thought maybe hes sad cos he's a little cool. The temp drops to about 22degrees celsius overnight...what am i to do with 'casius' ( that's his name)?

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: they can last years if you look after them properly.. my eldest is nearly 5 now :) keep a close eye out for infections mention on this blog, and i strongly suggest buying yourself a guide to betta keeping.. i recommend a very good book a few times throughout this blog. doesn't have to be that book though, although i do recommend buying one similar... follow the instructions, keep the tank clean, and your onto a winner :) happy keeping

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: how often do you clean the water? and what exact procedure do you use?

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: :) great news!! it really refreshes me to hear that somebody in the pet store knew what they were talking about! its a rare occasion! happy keeping

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: this is not a good sign if im honest, i would treat it as fin rot. see above for further details. it does seem to be early stages though, is there discolouration? or simply a hole? if your not sure, it wont hurt to treat it as fin rot.. catching this early really helps them to make a full recovery.. so get cracking :)

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: good news with your new betta fish :) hope your enjoying him!.. its a good question, but you will find he should get into the 'routine' quite quickly :) they know when food is coming and although scientists believe their memory lasts no longer than 24 hours, i strongly disagree with this and i know for a fact they pick up on your routine! they get more active towards the time you normally get home etc... i would say a few weeks really :) happy keeping

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: lol, putting paper on the sides will help for sure... not recommended though as for one its a ridiculous idea, and two you wont be able to see your fish! i had this problem once and to remedy the issue i simply put a small night light on a shelf above the tank, this produced enough light to surround the tank and cancel out any reflection :) hope this helps :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a pet Betta but i am scared to see it die.I just got my pet Betta but do they last long

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I get like an oily film on the top of my water. What is this?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      One day the Betta fish is fine the next its belly up in the bowl barely hanging on for dear life. So, I did what anyone would do went to Petco to look for a replacement. While I was there an employee asked if there was anything they could help me with. I told my story. His 1st question was "is the Betta in an area where the temperature changes at night? (like an office building, most turn off HVAC systems at night and on weekends) My answer was yes, this Betta sits on desk at work. He said, "the Betta might need warmer water, they are tropical and used to warmer water". I buy a little $10 heater, the Betta fish has never been happier.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That's cool 10 same here

      Betta are fine in a big tank I think they like it better than the smaller one

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What does it mean when your bata has a hole m the middle of his tail??? My son is worried :(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i got my fish on Easter Sunday! :) i love SO MUCH, but i want to know how long it we take my baby to get into my " Routine" with school and all! so like how long till he get used to his new home?

      FROM

      A BIG FAN

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i got my fish on Easter Sunday! :) i love SO MUCH, but i want to know how long it we take my baby to get into my " Routine" with school and all! so like how long till he get used to his new home?

      FROM

      A BIG FAN

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a betta fish on a fish tank and i buy a water snail and cleans the tank for me.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a male betta that I have gad now for over 3 months. I would love to know what you think of the condition he is in. But have no idea how to upload a picture on this thing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just got a male betta yesterday. I have a 5 gallon tank with a neon tetra and a snail. He doesn't seem to mind them at all. The problem is that he is seeing his reflection on the sides of the tank and keeps trying to fight it. How can I fix the problem? The pet shop said put paper on the sides to block light. But she sounded like she had no idea and was guessing. We want to be able to see the tank! So wrapping it in paper is pretty stupid! This is our first tank and I'm hoping someone with experience will know what I could do.

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: this is a sad story :( theres not much you can do really, give him some time and he may heal on his own. unfortunately there is not much that can be done with bone breaks im afraid, the fact he got stuck in the first place says to me he was quite active before, so give him time and space and all should be well, just keep doing whatever you were doing before! good luck

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my betta got stuck in an ornament. I managed to free him, but he's now lethargic and I'm afraid his tail might be broken. what can I do to help him?

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: sounds like your last betta was just ill to be honest, just like humans, fish also have deformaties and illnesses from birth. you should find that the next betta is normal and grows. if not, get back to me and i'l do some investigation for you :)

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      georgegannon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: be careful coz they will fight, and are territorial! so the more you put in a tank the more likely they are to fight, and this is often to the death! i would recommend maybe a maximum of three bettas to a 10gal tank, two females and one male would be better as well.