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Diagnosing A Sick Betta Fish|Diseases

Updated on December 10, 2012

Sick Betta Fish Diseases

Diagnosing a sick betta fish and figuring out the disease your Betta Fish has is really not as simple as it seems.  Normally I would you tell you the things you need to do to prevent having a sick betta fish and how to take care of betta fish.  Since you're reading this right now I will just assume your betta is already sick and you need help in diagnosing a sick betta fish.  So let's get ready to diagnose these betta fish diseases.

  Tail or Fin Rot

      The tail or fins will have a ragged look. The Bettas' fins will look like something has took a bite of them.

More Symptons and Diagnoses of Betta Fish Diseases

Fish Diseases Part 2

Swim Bladder Disease

Your Betta Fish will float in some abnormal way. Maybe uncontrollably to the top, sideways, or have difficulty swimming and will swim at awkward angle.

Velvet

The main indicator that your Betta has Velvet is a copper or rust colored dusting over the betta's body. Bettas that have Velvet will be lethargic, show clamped fins, and will have loss of appetite.

Tuberculosis

Yes folks this is Tuberculosis and it can be transferred to humans if you have open wounds. My advice, put on some long gloves that covers up 3/4 of you arms before handling the Betta Fish or water. Let's look at the symptons. Loss of appetite, cloudy or popeye eyes, colors have faded, clamped fins, seclusion and rapid breathing. This is a difficult disease to diagnose since it has a lot of the same symptoms as other diseases.

Depression

Just like us fish get depress to. Let's talk about some of the symptons. 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.

Mouth Fungus

Visual Symptons: The Betta Fish will have a whitish fungus around the mouth and lips. Looks kinda of like cotton. The fish infected with cottonmouth will lose their appetite and become very sluggish.

Bacterial Infection

Betta may have clamped fins, lay at bottom or at surface, not eat, lose its color, turn gray, barely swim around. In more advanced cases, its body may start developing red patches, open sores and all kinds of nasty looking stuff. Different bacteria affect fish differently. Some will attack the internal organs while others prefer to munch on the skin.

Courtesy of Bettatalk

How to Treat a Sick Betta Fish - Tips to treating your Betta

Other Sites for Information

Hello, sorry I have not been around replying to comments here. But in my absence I have found a great free resource for betta fish. As a matter fact is the best resource on the web that I know of.

This site only focus is betta fish and they can provide much more help than what I can. The best part of the site to me is the betta health section. Here is a link directly to that page:

http://www.bettatalk.com/betta_diseases.htm

It lists the diseases plus the medicine you need to cure the disease. Also make sure you check out the betta care page here:

http://www.bettatalk.com/betta_care.htm

Click the links on the left side of the page to learn how to properly care for your betta. Once again this is an excellent free resource for all things betta.

If that site helps you in any kind of way please comeback here and leave feedback.

I Hope this lens helped you out in some kind of way. I will have information coming in the future. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Johnb476 2 years ago

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Joan

      My beta is swimming like it has a broken back. it is bent in half and struggles to swim and mostly stays on the bottom.

      What can I do to help him?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: joan v

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My fish is doing the same thing. I think he's crazy. Hope someone answers because I'd really like to know.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Why do you feed once a day, every other day? You should feed twice a day every day only what he will eat immediately.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My beta fish won't eat its food. I feed it once a day every 2 days. My fish also when he comes out of is hide out he bolts around twice then gose in. His fins also look bad,like he is not healthy. I'm scared he is dieing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what can i do for depressed betta fish? i have a old betta but he is not to old and he's kinda depressed right now. what can i do for him?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: check out bettatalk.com, SUPER helpful. this is my reply to a different post but it may be of use. He may be constipated, take a frozen pea, microwave in water for a minute, squish the inside out. Give fish the inside part. Only give him 1 pea....distilled water is the worst kind to use, its completely void of anything, good or bad. Use just regular bottled water with no water conditioner or tap water with water conditioner. you can also easily overfeed, just give him 2/3 pellets a day, and fast one day a week. look him over everyday and memorize what his fins and body look like, note any changes. make sure you do A TON of research before treating for illness, incorrect meds can make him stressed. Make sure he has a plant or home he can get under to relax, an empty bowl could stress the betta, if hes really struggling to swim or get to the top you can place him in a temporary smaller bowl or vase so he doesn't have to swim so far. soak pellets before feeding so they soften. use a heater! My bettas live in large vases and I use a small heater from the pet store that keeps the water temp at a constant 79. (80 is ideal)...I have owned bettas for a few decades now and each one has lived 2-4 years. On a happier note- I have trained bettas to jump up for their food. I start by putting my finger on top of the floating pellet, so they get used to my finger being there. When they start feeding this way without hesitation I stick a pellet to my finger w water and hold just a wee bit above water line. When they start jumping up to take the pellet keep it at that level for awhile and then gradually increase distance. Don't get to carried away obviously but they can jump from the water an impressive distance, its a fun game for you and your fishie! Every fish I've done this with has taken the food off the tip of my finger in one jump almost every single time! Its super cool to see. I'm not an expert but I have noticed they like interaction.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      um my female betta has black little spots on it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: distilled water is the worst kind to use, its completely void of anything, good or bad. Use just regular bottled water with no water conditioner or tap water with water conditioner. you can also easily overfeed, just give him 2/3 pellets a day, and fast one day a week. look him over everyday and memorize what his fins and body look like, note any changes. make sure you do A TON of research before treating for illness, incorrect meds can make him stressed. Make sure he has a plant or home he can get under to relax, an empty bowl could stress the betta, if hes really struggling to swim or get to the top you can place him in a temporary smaller bowl or vase so he doesn't have to swim so far. soak pellets before feeding so they soften. use a heater! My bettas live in large vases and I use a small heater from the pet store that keeps the water temp at a constant 79. (80 is ideal)...I have owned bettas for a few decades now and each one has lived 2-4 years. On a happier note- I have trained bettas to jump up for their food. I start by putting my finger on top of the floating pellet, so they get used to my finger being there. When they start feeding this way without hesitation I stick a pellet to my finger w water and hold just a wee bit above water line. When they start jumping up to take the pellet keep it at that level for awhile and then gradually increase distance. Don't get to carried away obviously but they can jump from the water an impressive distance, its a fun game for you and your fishie! Every fish I've done this with has taken the food off the tip of my finger in one jump almost every single time! Its super cool to see. I'm not an expert but I have noticed they like interaction.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: this is a reply I gave to someone else, but it may help you too. also check out bettatalk.com, it is a very helpful site!! distilled water is the worst kind to use, its completely void of anything, good or bad. Use just regular bottled water with no water conditioner or tap water with water conditioner. you can also easily overfeed, just give him 2/3 pellets a day, and fast one day a week. look him over everyday and memorize what his fins and body look like, note any changes. make sure you do A TON of research before treating for illness, incorrect meds can make him stressed. Make sure he has a plant or home he can get under to relax, an empty bowl could stress the betta, if hes really struggling to swim or get to the top you can place him in a temporary smaller bowl or vase so he doesn't have to swim so far. soak pellets before feeding so they soften. use a heater! My bettas live in large vases and I use a small heater from the pet store that keeps the water temp at a constant 79. (80 is ideal)...I have owned bettas for a few decades now and each one has lived 2-4 years. On a happier note- I have trained bettas to jump up for their food. I start by putting my finger on top of the floating pellet, so they get used to my finger being there. When they start feeding this way without hesitation I stick a pellet to my finger w water and hold just a wee bit above water line. When they start jumping up to take the pellet keep it at that level for awhile and then gradually increase distance. Don't get to carried away obviously but they can jump from the water an impressive distance, its a fun game for you and your fishie! Every fish I've done this with has taken the food off the tip of my finger in one jump almost every single time! Its super cool to see. I'm not an expert but I have noticed they like interaction.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: distilled water is the worst kind to use, its completely void of anything, good or bad. Use just regular bottled water with no water conditioner or tap water with water conditioner. you can also easily overfeed, just give him 2/3 pellets a day, and fast one day a week. look him over everyday and memorize what his fins and body look like, note any changes. make sure you do A TON of research before treating for illness, incorrect meds can make him stressed. Make sure he has a plant or home he can get under to relax, an empty bowl could stress the betta, if hes really struggling to swim or get to the top you can place him in a temporary smaller bowl or vase so he doesn't have to swim so far. soak pellets before feeding so they soften. use a heater! My bettas live in large vases and I use a small heater from the pet store that keeps the water temp at a constant 79. (80 is ideal)...I have owned bettas for a few decades now and each one has lived 2-4 years. On a happier note- I have trained bettas to jump up for their food. I start by putting my finger on top of the floating pellet, so they get used to my finger being there. When they start feeding this way without hesitation I stick a pellet to my finger w water and hold just a wee bit above water line. When they start jumping up to take the pellet keep it at that level for awhile and then gradually increase distance. Don't get to carried away obviously but they can jump from the water an impressive distance, its a fun game for you and your fishie! Every fish I've done this with has taken the food off the tip of my finger in one jump almost every single time! Its super cool to see. I'm not an expert but I have noticed they like interaction.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My sons beta is turning a greenish color. He isn't hardly swimming, but he's still eating normally and gets excited when someone comes near his tank. What could be wrong with him?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello I have a betta and there is a parasite growing on its head by the eye. It looked like a small undeveloped fish so I pulled it off and after a couple days it was back. It eats a pretty good size whole in my fish. This is the second fish this has happened tow. I do have some moss in the tank but nothing else. What do I do before I get another fish?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello. My name is Jasmine. I own a pet betta fish that was bought from Petsmart in early 2012. Originally, he was in a 1/2 gallon tank, but when I was reading on betta fishes and how they need more room than a 1/2 gallon, I bought him 2 and 1/2 gallon tank, earlier this year. I haven't noticed anything wrong with the betta for the year that we've had him. But recently, he's been looking bad. Just 2 months ago, I was given as a gift some plants and some rocks to put in his tank because there was nothing in there for him to have fun with, but soon, his fins have been getting scratches or tears in them. I ruled that it was the plants in the tank, so I took the plants out. Then, like a couple of days ago, I noticed that the fish was really, really swollen in his abdomen, and just the day before, he wasn't like that. I ruled that it might have been the freeze-dried blood worms that I bought for him like two weeks earlier (he never ate them until now). So I stopped giving him the blood worms. I'm hearing a lot of different things about what it could be: dropsy, malawi bloat, SB, etc. I really want to know what is going on with him. I've grown attached and I don't want to just flush him down the toilet if there's something I can do to help him. Some things that I have for him are aquarium salt, epsom salt (I read on a lot of websites that this draws out fluids in the fish's body that might be causing bloatedness), Bettafix (that I just bought two days ago). I realize that I might have been overfeeding him (I fed him around 5-8 pellets a day, but only once a day, not twice). I will cut back on that if it's required. I have a filter in his tank, which is a Minibow 2 1/2 gallon. There is a heater. His water temp. is usually around 70-86 ( I know it should be closer to 80 than 70). Every time I change his water (which is like every 2 weeks, I put in API Stress Coat which makes tap water safe for fish. I feed him Aqueon Betta Food.

      I just want to know what I'm doing wrong with the fish and why he's so swollen in his abdominal area. The swelling is more so on one side than the other but both sides have gotten bigger. He's lost much of his bluish color that he had when we first bought him. He does still eat, he's friendly. Can someone please help me in trying to diagnose what's wrong with him? I hope it's not dropsy because that's nearly almost always fatal, but one of the symptoms of dropsy is that pine-coning effect, which my fish doesn't have. He's just got like a huge bulge, kind of like a tumor growth of some sort. It's really bothering me. Could someone please help me? I want to find out what's wrong with my fish. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I don't want my fish to die. I know he's just a fish, but I want him to live as long as he is supposed to.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a betta nearing 4 years old. About 5 months ago I noticed some swimming difficulty and he was having trouble reaching the surface to eat and breathe.I assumed he was reaching the end, but he just keeps going. He only swims with his head pointing straight up as if theres a weight in his tail which he no longer moves. He has adapted to this situation and gotten stronger, actually using the leaves of java fern like bouncy stairs to reach the top. There are no other symptoms and he has a healthy appetite. I have been keeping bettas for 20 years and currently have 10. No issues with water quality. Rarely have I lost one under 3 years, but I have never seen this. At his age and condition I am afraid to move him out of his planted tank and try any treatments that might make him stressed and finish him off. Any thoughts?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Well, first you should of never kept the three of them together. That was not smart. Even if they were raised together something was eventually going to happen, and it did. Take your purple fish out of the community tank and put him in a separate tank, I not an expert so I can't tell you anything more but try the website bettafish.com it has lots of helpful information.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi I have a betta who has black color spreading along his fins. It started probably two months ago and is now scattered over about half of him. He also has just developed some redness on his front fins. Is this a fungal problem?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I feel kinda silly after reading all of this. Our fish- named fishy,(a 2 year old named him) has been less active, stopped blowing bubbles, won't eat much at all, and in general wasn't "showing off" as he normally would. I first did some salt. No change. I went and got betafix. No change. I was getting upset thinking we might lose him.

      Today was 50% water change day. I didn't have it done in the morning like I normally do, so as my daughter was getting ready for her bath I carried his tank down to the kitchen to do the work so i didn't disturb her. Before I even started he was showing off. So i'm was then floating him and he was still happy. I moved him back upstairs and low and behold he went right back to the bottom of the tank.

      I then realized he did not like his home in the bedroom where he only sees company at nap and bedtimes. Poor thing. Never connected his tank being moved to a bedroom as such an ordeal for him. So now he's back in the living room and doing much better. Now I just need to work on getting the unneeded medicine out of the tank slowly for him.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my fish twitches is that normal? If not how can I treat it?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      iam worry about my betta he is not eating for 4 days he look like he is dyiend he dont swin he stay in one corner on the surfes. please help me. I love my baby and is killing me see him like that.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a betta who is all red. now he has a blue strip on his tail. do you know what it is?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Mine's doing the same thing! I can't find a picture of this anywhere, but it looks like he's got a long, brown piece of poop suck to his belly and lower fins. It's a little too blobby to look like a worm, kinda brownish, about an inch long altogether. Too far forward of the vent to actually be poop. What IS it?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey i have a problem with my Beta I think he is sick .

      From day one has sat by the filter (which the guy from the shop said was normal). Not interested in feeding (since bringing him home)we have tried frozen blood worm and pellets also flakes for the other fish. NOW He seems to have clamped fins and also looking grey. fWe went to the aquatic shop we bought him from today and they haven't a clue! no advice other than keep an eye on him :-/. any help? I don't want to loose him...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My beta was doing the same thing after I put him in a new bigger tank, but now he is swimming around and acting normal again :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My beta was doing the same thing after I put him in a new bigger tank, but now he is swimming around and acting normal again :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Aloha jen,

      I am a betta breeder in Hawaii and have been taking care of fish all my life. I feel bad to tell you this but your doughters fish is very very old! Like 100 years old in betta years. Betta usuly live about 3 years but I have heard of bettas living as many as 6 years but that is very rare. So I would recamend going to bettafish.com and letting all the betta experts there know your story. For now continue what you have been doing along with small water changes. Feed him his favorite food and take pride on what great job you have done keeping Two alive for as long as you have. But go to that web site asap!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The same thing that Angelica posted on 02.24 is happening to my daughter's Betta. Our Betta is going to be 4 year old, my daughter named it "two" because she got it when she turned two. For the last month its been super inactive and just lying on its side, I thought maybe it broke something and can't swim or regulate its body to swim straight, but if I swish the bowl it moves and then goes right back and lies on its side. I actually took everything out of the bowl and just have a low volume of water in it now because I was afraid it would get stuck between the pebbles and then die. Believe it or not, I HAVE BEEN HAND FEEDING IT, because I am worried it is not eating. I just press the little pellets (Hikari Betta Bio-Gold) one at a time on my dry finger and slowly submerge it in the bowl right in front of its face. I leave it there for a while and it eats it right off my finger. I used to add a very small amount of Tetra Lifeguard All In One Treatment to the water because it helped a few years ago when it got sick and so I just continued to add it in very small amounts everytime I cleaned the bowl (distilled water), but a couple of weeks ago I stopped because I was wondering if it was affecting his activeness. About a month has gone by since it first started doing this. Any ideas??? I feel terrible, my daughter is super worried, I know its just a fish, but its her first and only pet and she loves it so much....what should we do?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Laurie, it sounds like he's eating too much. I would go a day without feeding him and see if that helps him. What and how much are you feeding him? Sometimes they eat too much and get what's called swim bladder disease. I feed my sons beta 3 pellets and it seems to be the perfect amount. Hopefully that will help you out.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi - I don't know if I can save my Betta - He is a few years old - but yesterday I noticed he is all bloated up

      around his lungs and belly - I dont know why - he is swimming and eating fine-which tells me its' not bothering him to much but - is there something I can do to help him?, I haven't read about anything like this....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Elwood my Betta is losing skin from his top,not sure what to do or what it is,he is ussually very happy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Pls help me my fish sick I saw the picture if look like the common symptons of betrayed fish diseases pls tell me how to help my fish need what medicine to help my fish..

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      violateprivacy 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Is your fish doing okay?

      You should try doing more than just BettaFix. BettaFix uses an oil similar to Tea Tree Oil, and while an effective antibiotic, it's not a very strong one, doesn't work against all infections and diseases (there is no identified rhyme or reason TTO/related works against what it does), and is most effective when used as in preventive care and at early stages of a disease.

      To further compound the problem, there are anecdotal reports that bettafix and Melafix can deprive fish of oxygen (especially in fish with the labyrinth organ, such as the Betta). Considering the circumstances, I'd do a 50% water change now, and another 50% water change tomorrow to try to get the melafix out of the water, and then continue with daily 20% water changes until your fish is better (At that point, you could also add the bettafix back in at 1/4 dosage or so for a week or two to let it help the fish clear everything out). Try adding a bit of aquarium salt too -- at the proper dosages, it won't hurt, and at best it'll help the condition.

      It's been precious days since you commented. First thing first, you must get the water quality up and ensure proper nutrition (many store-bought "kits" have bad nutrition advise (your betta can't live off a plant's roots). I'd advise you to get in touch with a vet, especially one who has some sort of specialization in fish, or failing that, start posting on fish-related forums with enthusiastic hobbyists.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All I have to say is that I'm glad I'm not the only who has "feelings" for their betta fish! My husband thinks I'm looney to care so much about it. I'm pretty sure my fish isn't going to last much longer. I feel so bad, but I don't know what to do. He has all the signs of being sick. I tried BettaFix, but it doesn't seem to be working. At first I thought it was, but now he just lays at the bottom, practically lifeless, but I can see that he's breathing. So sad!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      HELP!!!

      i have a female betta fish. she is laying on her right side and sometimes when you shift the bowl she gets up and moves around. but not for long; then goes back to laying on her side on the bottom of the bowl.

      he looks like this...

      -lifted scales

      -white spots

      -won't eat food

      -shedded something white

      - less active

      we think she has a fungi infection.

      she's been like this for 3 days.

      but she has been less active more than that though.

      been laying on the same side and we think she may have a broken little fin (the pectoral fin)

      i love my fish I'm really hoping some one can help me...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That's Popeye. Pretty common, especially with Betta fish. You can try Tetracycline, or add a little aquarium salt to the water (but just a little).

      Hope this helps.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what causes the betta fish to have the bacteria infection and depression?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: you are doing the right thing walmart cares a med for bettras called bettra care I hae always had bettras

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi I have rised three male bettras from fries I had them in my barb tank, which I have six and a blue catfish, they have always ben to gether and I never had promblems with them then my red one deside to beat up the other two and after a few days I put to his self a day later my gold one die, know my purple one acting funny he lays on the bottam or in the castle I am not sure if her depressed or if he has major injures from fight the other two

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can someone please help me I have a betta that Ive had for a few years. Over the last few weeks he's seem to come down with almost every disease a betta can get. It started with swim bladder now I think he has velvet and ick along w some mouth fungus. I feel bad because I feel like he's suffering. I've tried betta fix, and some blue medication not sure of the ingredient because I'm at work. The idiots at PetSmart and Zoos dont seem to have a clue or care much. I just want to do what I can to get him better. The mouth fungus seems to be the worst right now I think the blue stuff is taking care of the velvet and the ick. Any suggestions would be appreciated :/

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Umm my betts has one large eye and one normal eye

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My betta fish seems to keep having problems and it's hard to keep him healthy. He developed fin rot, so I began cleaning his tank more often and got him a new tank with a filter and oxygen. Does he still need to be treated for his fin rot? Will it go away with the better environment?

      Also, I just noticed this light colored (dull orange pinkish) growth looking thing attached right between his front and back fins underneath. So it doesn't appear to be near the area where he discards waste. It's just hanging there and I have a feeling it's bad, but I have no idea what to do about it. Please help.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My beat is acting funny for the last week will not eat of swim just sits on the top of the tank does not seem to have any fungus sugns what can be happening

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have had my male beta for about 9 moths, for the last 3 days he is just staying at the top of the tank in the corner and wont move or eat i am gettinf scared he does not have any signs of fungus what can it be?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have had my veil tail betta for a at least a couple of years with no problems. A few months ago he started to do his usual \âshark attack\â when I fed him (betta pellets) but he would overshoot the food, back up, and try again, overshooting the food again, sometimes as many as a dozen tries before he got a piece to eat. Sometimes he would back up numerous times after overshooting the food, and finally give up without eating anything. Then he got to the point where he was not getting anything to eat, and he stopped trying. He no longer cares when I feed him, and I end up removing the food. I honestly think he may have gone about six weeks without eating ! He looks thinner, and has started spending most of his time on the bottom, only going up to the top for a gulp of air now and then. What is wrong with him? He is showing none of the signs of the usual betta illnesses, and was swimming fine at first. I had done nothing different. He was eating and \âpooping\â just fine. I tried asking for help at pet shops and fish stores, but the best anyone came up with was swim bladder. He was not leaning on his side, had no trouble swimming, or going up and down in the water, so I question that. I have always alternated him among three different brands of betta pellets for a varied source of nutrients.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: To see if its a girl or a boy, look at the color and tail

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I think your fish has dropsey

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I think your fish might have a swim bladder disorder!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I think he could have had dropsy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I got my beta anew days ago and he just sits at the bottom of the tank hardly eats and every once in a while he swings up to the top and then back down.what's wrong with him!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I had a betta that did the same thing but we did not treat it. We just changed the water and kept the tank spotless. It went completly away and then he just out of nowhere passed away. My guess is that the infection spread to a different part of his body. Try treating the fish with something called anti swell. You drop it in the water. Hope this helps you and you fish feel better.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Do you feed him well enough!!!! If not try to feed him ounce a day and feed him as much as he can eat in a few min. If you do then try to do a little more resurch. Your fish might be depressed. I hope this helps you and your fish.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Both of your fish have bladder disease. It is when a fish swims in weird patterns. It is also when a fish almost never eats. I hope this helps you and your fish get better. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Your fish has velvet. It is when there is a copper or a rusty color on the betta's body. Also sorry but I do not know about any cures for velvet.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi

      My male Betta fish started about six month ago to grow on his left hand side what looked like a tumor. It kept

      permanently growing form the left to under his body and to his rigth side. The whole thing slowed his ability to move. He was just laying on the ground and rarely moved. On 12-26-2012 I have put him out of his misery. The

      growing turned out to be a large blister, filled with a transparent liquid. A blister like a man gets on his hands.

      I took pictures of it and I wood like to post these pictures online, but I don't know how to do that.

      Can anybody tell me the disease of my Betta fish, what caused it and how to post the pictures?

      I would appreciate your assistance. Ingo

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Great lens with valuable info...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Get a bigger tank sweet heart

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi there, just wondering if you found out what was going on with your fish? Mine is doing the same thing :( I hope yours got better

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: if it has another betta next to it then move the other betta away so they cannot see each other

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Archie, my beta is a male and he is bloated but swims and eats. He seems happy but too FAT. I am wondering what to do?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My old betta fish is slamming its face of the tank I don't know what. To do :(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Archie, my red beta who i am pretty sure is a male, has a white bubble on his under side as well, what is it since it is not a female??

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Quick Question: So I came home from work tonight and my fish is laying on his side on the bottom of the tank and the water has a coating at the top and I took him out of his bowl and put him in a small area with new water what else should i do? P.S. What is this?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hey my fish xenodragon he has cornea in his eyes sings of a old fish but he has a tank mate a cory cat fish hes small runs in to xenodragon funny at times well any way....he has a starting to have fin rot but the problem is that the cat fish cant serve in a low o2 water for days i try to take out the filter for the treatment but the water was coming out at the back that falied so that was a bust :p so i put a new filter in the old one was so icky now i did put salt in the tank but small amount not to much to kill the plant in the tank.........so what can i do to help xenodragon's eye site to get better in time or is this a naturals thing is going on with the fish? any ideas i'm open to any hints to anyone.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've had my betta for 2 1/2 years and he has only been sick once with a blockage. I fed him the skin of a pea and he was better within 18 hours. But now I'm really worried. I has a growth protruding from his left side like a tumor. It is growing from the inside though. There were plants in there and I think I waited a little long to clean his tank, but could this be bacterial? I haven't found any info on anything like this. It is the size of a pinky fingernail. He has a bit of fin rot.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i think she might be getting better but im not sure the whit on her head is turning blach and she is dark blue so i think her color might be coming back but i still might need help because i dont know what to do with a tailess fish has this ever happened to anyone else because she is swimming funny and does anyone kow how to telt what sex your betta is she isnt aggressive so im assuming its a girl also because because the people i bought it from said it was a female but i would like to know for future reference. alo is it true that all bettas can be aggresive also is it true that all male bettas are aggresive just wanting to know because when i first got my betta she was a little shy if there is anything you think i should know please share anyone?everyone please anything could help

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      also if it helps any i have a pleco a snail and 4 zebrafish but theve never been aggresive with others before please help i think shes dying and i dont know of anywhere i can get her medicine

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my betta fish lost half of its tail its now bleeding loosing scales where its tail should be loosing its color its also got black lines on its face on its getting sorta sluggish i dont know anything about betta diseases or sicknesses so anything would help. but i do know it is not fin rot, i think she got her fin stuck in or under something . none of my other fish are aggresive so i dont think she was attacked. i have taken her out of the tank and put her in a seperate one by herself with new water. is their anything else i can do to help her. i have had many bettas but nothing like this has ever happened before.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Your brother's fish probably has what's called "Popeye". It can be caused by unclean water. Be sure to chance the water once a week.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My bros betta fish its eye is popping out and she has been getting really big like her gut and am afraid shell dye tomorrow

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Mine is doing the same thing! I'm looking for answers. If you find one, oculd you let me know please?! I also don't think my fish has eaten in over 2 weeks...is that even possible? I have not seen it eat lately. It almost seems as though my fish is having problems swimming, like it is struggling to swim to the top of the tank. I'm wondering if there could be a problem with a fin?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My fish we have had for about 2 months and we change his water normally and feed him twice a day . He is now at the bottom of the bowl laying on his side but still breathing . He swims little distances everyonce and a while l. Could you please tell me what you think is wrong with it .

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My black betta fish turned gray, sluggish, and barely eats! (He LOVES to eat!) Someone PLEASE help me!!! D:

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My Black Betta fish has turned gray and he is very sluggish and he barely eats. (He Loves to eat!) Someone PLZ help me!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my betta has become listless, lays on the bottom and does not eat. seems a little bloated too. keeps hiden inside the log. have increased the temperature a little and added some aquariam salt so far, is there anything else i can do?? thank you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My betta is still acting sick like 2 months now.tried everything. has anyone ever tried peroxide? Also is distilled water good 2 use can u make ur own by boiling the water?

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      bettafishlovers 4 years ago

      Hey guy, i just finished reading ur lens now, you ve done a great job here. thanks for the info

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      spids1 4 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a baby female cha cha she looks large now i never had one female in the past hadn't large belly so cha cha is 5 months old she has got'en bigger scene then so i don't know she is making eggs or she has something more troubling that i'm having a hard time to find out hear

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, I just got my Betta5 days ago. I have changed his water twice. He is in a square, 0.9 gallon tank with an attached LED light. I bought aquarium stones and a plastic plant for the center. He was eating well and swimming around nicely for the first 3 days. Now, since yesterday, he has been sluggish, laying on the bottom most of the time, and not eating well. I feed him Nutrafin Basix, which is freeze-dried red grubs. Sometimes when he eats now, he spits it out.

      Today I bought something called Nutrafin Clear Fast, since the water seems cloudy. We are on cistern, and collect only rain water, so I thought our water would be safe for him. Have I made a terrible mistake? I'm so afraid he's dying. Also, he is a lovely dark blue boy, and I noticed tonight that his head is turning grayish-brown, and he appears to have clamped fins. I need help!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hey one of my bettas (king) round tail hes white and this has been going on for some time he has a red spot on his side i gave him some mediation and salt now hes scales are starting to come off the red area and there is something new happening it look like pus it's white ans a bit string i have know idea what that is but it to be the sores of my fish stress it has being so any ideas what it is i would be great full

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: usually Target ( red betta) builds bubble nests but he doesnt do it any more and also Leaper ( blue betta) and the other 2 Blaze and Flames doesn`t build bubblenests as long as my family has them?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Does my betta need attention or is it his reflection almost every time I look away from him he kinda like bang on the glass and pale I want him to be bright colored what can I do? HELP SUGGESTIONS?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That is either Constipations or Swim Bladder that is excactly like mines

      Try peas , skip feeding a few days ,or if you feed pellets feed one soaked pellet soak it in de chlorine water for about 10 minutes and give to the betta

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Fin Rot search it up you can go to www.velvetdragon.com or you can go to www.bettafishhome.com

      try it! I HOPE IT WORKS

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Mine has like one ovelapped fin and it has constipations and also has 2 red patches on top of its head??? HELP????!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My fish's tails look like they are falling off! What should I do? I've been changing their water and I've even separated my females from one another. One seems to be healthy and the other seems to be getting sicker each day. My male has been in his own bowl for the entire time I've had the fish and now he is getting sick too! I've been giving them bottled water to fill their tanks. Is there something else I should be doing???

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have three betta fish in 3 separate fish bowls. My mail fish has lost half of his beautiful tail and one of my femail fish looks like she completely lost her tail. Both are very lathargic until they are startled. I've changed the water frequently. I was told to use bottled water instead of tap water. I've done that, but the fish are still suffering. What else should I try? The third fish seems to be healthy and happy. I'm not treating that fish any differently than the other fish.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just got my fish this last weekend and he was bright and happy. now he just floats in one spot it seems and doesnt move. His fins arnt clamped i dont belive but he doesnt flare up and his colors have gotton duller it seems. I'm not sure what is wrong with him.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Our Betta fish Bob has been happy for two years, but recently appears ill. He lays on the bottom of the tank, like he is sleeping has a few small coppery spots and his face area has turned darker like a little gray/black, and he won't eat. I did change the water after he was sick and moved him to a place with more light. Suggestions?

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      saltwaterfishtankguide 4 years ago

      I gave up on betta a long time ago. Good for kids.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: He Could Be Depressed Or Have External/Internal Parasites.. Search Disease Online For Him/Her I Recommend BettaTalk.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello, The White Bubble Is Totally Normal.. If It's A Female.. Thats Practically A Spout For Eggs. I'm Not Too Sure About The Cloudiness.. Maybe If You Put Some Light On Them They Perk Up.. Betta's Do Get Lethargic And Go Into Some Sort Of Weird Lethargic Mode.. Try To Put Them Like Near A Lamp But Not Too Close.. And Not Outside In Sunlight Hahahaha! Betta's Colors Are Known To Change Based On The Lighting.. If They Are In The Dark.. Their Colors Are Fery Dull And Darkish. But In Light They Are Bright And Vivid. Hope This Helped A Little Bit!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, I need help!!! I just noticed that my betta has a white bubble on her under side. Her eyes are cloudy but she isn't acting weird. She had been acting depressed for a while when her plant died. After I changed water and bought a new plant she perked up. She also has a cloudy look in her eyes and she is muchdarker than she used to be. Any help would be wonderful!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I believe my betta has tail rot. Been sick for like 2 weeks. Barely eats and just lays at the bottom or in his rock. Bought 5 day treatment,salt,conditioner,different food,changed his water,everything i can think of but nothing working. all i can do is keep on what I've been doing or get new medication. he looks so sad. any suggestions. please help!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I believe my betta has tail rot. Been sick for like 2 weeks. Barely eats and just lays at the bottom or in his rock. Bought 5 day treatment,salt,conditioner,different food,changed his water,everything i can think of but nothing working. all i can do is keep on what I've been doing or get new medication. he looks so sad. any suggestions. please help!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have many types of betta fish. Mempuyai they are very pleasing to see them fly in the water. It's not easy to keep them, because it needs a special attention to keep them alive in the water www.ibettafish.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a question about water conditioner for my betta. I've been using Betta Basics by Seachem. Is it a bad idea to use NovaquaPlus and Amquel which we use in our goldfishes' tank? The Betta Basics bottle is so small, I keep running out.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sad to say he died this morning. Did all the water changes and meds and aquarium salt but it didn't make a difference. I think it was too late by the time we figured out he was sick. Poor thing. Thanks though for the suggestions on what to do. Next time will be preventative right from the beginning I think? If that makes any difference. 8(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Maureen...my beta fish is doing the same thing! and the same thing happens everytime I change his water! I've been using Nutrafin Betta Plus drops to adjust the tap water...not he is very lethargic and just laying sideways either on the top of the plants leaves near the surface or just in a corner near the surface:( not sure what to do....have only had him for about 3 months:(