I’ve been doing research all night, but I’d like to know if you might have any extra advise for me? He needs a heater ASAP. Sanjeev, it’s hard to diagnose without additional information, but it sounds like it could have been stress/fin rot. I think I should be adding water purifier drops each time I add even a little water?? It’s not required, but it can aid their overall health. Please note that there are other approaches to fish tank maintenance. Success increases by adding community fish with bettas in larger tanks that have plenty of spaces to hide. 1X/month? Avoid the headache of transhipping with Prism Bettas Premium Imported Show Bettas located in in Illinois. We are now gearing up to purchase another, but are dealing with the effects of how we handled the first fish’s death. Don’t worry though, artificial plants are fine too, and they are inexpensive and resilient. My daughter just bought a betta two weeks ago. So much information. I recommend some testing strips to monitor the water parameters, they help remove a lot of the uncertainty behind water. He had, and still has, a metallic bluish-silver spot on his flank. Do the lights stress the beta and should i turn the light off at night even though it will turn off the air bubbler? (Tap Water) We had no filter or heater and it lived in a basement room. So, can this turkey baster be your typical kitchen utensil that is strictly used for an aquarium (and not for human food)? Thank you for the information. Bettas do not tolerate abrupt changes in water or water temperature well. I got him at PetSmart and is fully healthy. He still gets properly fed and the tank regularly cleaned. For food, you should feed 1-2 times per day, with 2-3 pellets per feeding, and take one day with no food (fasting). Check heaters, filters and other equipment. As I was a new fishkeeper, I found myself full of questions about betta fish care. I personally own this tank Carly and love it! Less than 4 is not recommended for a sorority. No whit spots. See more ideas about betta, aquarium fish, fighter. I am due to do another full cleaning which makes me nervous but I am going to take it slow and make sure I am not misoany steps. I don’t know if it would be safer to buy one at petsmart or the Walmart to try and save the life they have left. She had stopped eating. Don't miss out on this opportunity to buy show quality bettas at an amazing price. This discrepancy is largely due to misinformation in pet stores, on the internet, and from other betta owners. Once you know how to care for a betta fish, please spread this information to other caretakers. Yes, you can. Not eating either. He now will come up and eat 2 pellets then swims quickly back to bottom and appears to have labored breathing. Betta food comes in different varieties including pellets, flakes, live, and freeze-dried options. So I’ve had him and the tank for over 24 hours now. Betta fish are not very strong swimmers and a filter can stress them out if the current is too strong. Bryan, I wanted to let you know that I have done so many of the suggestions and finally, finally he is showing much better response. All comments are moderated before going live. I have newly discovered female Bettas and purchased four last week! He is in a 3 gal. Wal-Mart is selling betta fish they are placed on a dark shelf and the containers they are in are placed on top of one another They have to live in dirty water and no one even knows that they are even in the store I have bought several because they are in such bad shape I bought one he was suffering from bloat but I could not save him I returned him to Wal-Mart dead in his container to let them know these fish are sick. I’ll try a java fern, and some silk plants. Last check was at 7. Should we be doing partial water changes? I don’t think it goes less than 65. He has a heater, filter, hideouts, two silk plants, and one live plant. Dropsy isn’t always fatal, but it’s certainly not good. He’s active and eats well. (It is more chalky looking now than shiny, though.) Btw our tank is a 2.5. I also bought a small flat heater for him since its kinda cold in my area. Expand child menu. Avoid drastic changes in water temperature and water quality. There is a food and feeding page on the website here, but first the tank is too small and will lead to health problems. Removing too much of the existing water in the tank and then adding new can cause your fish to go into shock. My fish is a happy fish, he swims all around the bowl , eats pellets when I give . Giving him a better life is very heartwarming Susan, and unfortunately sometimes a lot of damage has been done that will shorten their life spans from previous poor care. He seems super happy so I don’t want to stress him out, but if I can keep a low flow, I’m thinking it’ll help keep the tank safer in between cycles/changes. Please get this at the pet store for him ASAP, or he will likely die. Average Lifespans, Swim up to investigate when you get close to their habitat, Are aggressive and may flare at you or other stimuli, Loss of appetite for extended periods of time. A diverse diet is good as well, introducing some freeze-dried bloodworms or daphnia on occasion. What causes the slick on top of the water in a freshwater tank? Plakats can often be mistaken for female Bettas to the untrained eye, however, males will display elongated ventral fins, a rounded caudal fin and a sharply pointed anal fin. Feeding once per day should be 3-4 pellets. That’s great to hear, and you bet. The information I found here is extremely helpful, but I was wondering what a preferred list is for tanks, filters, heaters, and such. If you use a Quick Start product to introduce healthy bacteria into the tank immediately, it will be a lot sooner. For more information on recommended water types and parameters, visit this page. Males and females can require different types of care before, during and after breeding, but that’s more advanced than basic care. Please update us, if you have a moment. My son wanted a betta fish so I stumbled upon your website before I went out and bought one trying to find out how to properly care for one and what I’d need for it. The traditional form is the original wild form. When I moved him to a hospital tank (he lives alone btw) he had blood coming from under the pine coning. They get too much and have swollen bellies. There are two settings for the lights. Tammy. Cycle 20%-40% of the water each week for larger tanks. It also means knowing what causes stress and disease so you can avoid it. If so, how many sides and what kind? His water parameters are at: The beautiful betta is pretty resilient and inexpensive to purchase and maintain, and they can bring years of companionship and joy. Someone suggested not feeding him for a couple of days. Also while he is at the top he’ll tend to keep his front part straight and then let back half float up sideways. Please don’t overfeed . Even the moon provides a little light, but we want to avoid sunlight-level light at night as best as possible. So far Perry seems to like the extra space, hoping Luke does as well! Thanks in advance for your time! Water added to the tank must be free of chlorine and other contaminants. It’s totally normal for a Betta put pellets in the mouth and spit out. Wal Mart continues to sell them. Betta Fish Food; Betta Additives, Treatements; Filtration For Betta Aquariums; Decorations for Bettas; Betta Plush Toys; Bubbles Betta Shirt; Betta Maintenance; Fish Food Expand child menu. Your GH reading at 75ppm is okay for a betta fish. The problem is the other 2. Recently, the first baby betta I had bought died. If Chronos is still eating, active, and has a spunky personality then you are probably doing just fine. The clear edges may be new fin regrowth. He is lethargic. I know the babies are more of a challenge, but I think it would be worth it. If he’s slowly dulling in color then it can be a sign of stress. Only remove your betta fish during 100% water changes. His symptoms are not that of overfeeding, so not feeding him is not going to help. Sounds like a fungal infection. Knowing how to take care of a betta before you buy one will make things a lot easier; especially when purchasing a tank and other accessories for the first time. If that’s the case, it may be necessary to reduce stress. All artificial plants and leaves should be silk if possible. How are you? When you pay closer attention to your betta, sometimes you see things that may or may not have been there before. You could add a divider in between the tanks to help and yes plenty of plants and caves/hiding areas would be beneficial to ensure your betta has enough darkness for rest. Anyway, this page saved my fish, because I didn’t know they jumped so I went to cover his bowl and he had already jumped out we got him back in and he seems okay, and we put a sheet of plastic wrap with holes poked in it over the top until I can get a larger tank. Thank you for all of the information you provided! Do they need to be the only fish in one tank, or are there certain fish that they can cohabitate with that they won’t attack? Our bettas are hand-selected from the best farms in Thailand. I figured she just didn’t like the food but she wouldn’t eat anything. I am inheriting a betta, he will be staying in a 20 gallon heavily planted tank. Still, have questions? Thank you for writing this! Thank you. That will depend on whether it’s filtered or not. I may be getting some bettas soon and ive never had one before, however i do keep multiple reptiles. Hi, my beta recently just passed away, i feel broken. These include, but are not limited to, the crowntail, veil tail, double tail, delta tail, butterfly, and halfmoon. Also make sure you have a lid on your tank because bettas are great jumpers, and may leap right out of your tank. Mine does too but I give him 3 pellets, twice a day and I check if he has finished it or not. But he seems bloated, and I stopped feeding him for a couple of days, but it hasn’t gone away. Betta Splendens Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. He seems very happy but thought i should ask. Females are generally much smaller in size, have less vivid coloring, shorter fins, and have a small white egg spot on their underside. One of the biggest myths regarding bettas is how they can live just fine inside a tiny bowl or vase. This establishes a regular day and night pattern, regulating their internal biological clock. OHM: over half moon, désigne un betta ayant une ouverture plus grande que 180°, plus qu’un half moon. I’m crossing my fingers and hopefully a stroke of luck comes my way and I’ll finally be able to take him home and give him the care he deserves. So, fishy has definitely been less bloated than before and is making progress. I just have it hooked inside the tank and plug it in. It’s better to allow a betta to go without food than to dump a bunch in there and think they’ll eat it. Now help me if that’s ok or not . I hear I should let the filter run for a bit, but it’s been a few hours and the water is a comfortable temperature. He only sleeps when its dimmed all the way barley to the point about to flicker. Hi Paxx – I am in the process of working on guides for equipment, sorry they aren’t up yet! Hi Bryan Nitrite should ideally be zero parts per million (ppm). I just don’t know because no one recommends 10 gallon tanks for betta fish. The smaller the tank, the quicker it becomes polluted. I bought a 2.8L glass bowl and planter with LED base lamp whic doesn’t have a lid. My question is: Is this plastic tank causing him undue stress? Because of this, you should cycle more than you do a complete change. Il faut viser une température optimum de 25 degrés en évitant au possible de descendre en dessous car à terme cela fragilise son Betta et l'expose aux maladies. I cant find it on the web. Is this so or why does he make all those tiny bubbles? Nitrate: 0/20 PPM Thank you, Water conditioning drops. Update: I figured out that he actually has fin rot, it looks like we’re in the moderate stage as I have been following your advice on the fin rot tab. Any help would be greatly appreciated!