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Fish: Betta Sickness, cichlid research, swim bladder
cichlid research, swim bladder, bubble nest: Hi Reg, Three years is a good long life for a betta so it very well may be that he is getting near the end of his road and that his swimbladder is not functioning perfectly any more. I assume that he isn t doing this near the surface with his nose...

Fish: Betta Splendens, female bettas, small tank
female bettas, small tank, gallon tank: Dear Pat, Congrats on you new pet! Bettas, as you know prefer warmer water than other tropical fish. They also need room to move - I recommend no less than a 4 litre (1 US Gallon) tank. A heater is preferred, and a 25 watt one will do nicely. They do...

Fish: Betta Splendens, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, bettas: Hi Michelle, Whether they spawn or not is up to them. All you can do is provide a nice place for them to do it. Do regular partial water changes of 25% of the water once a week, every week. It may take a while for a new fish to get used to a new...

Fish: Betta Splendens, bubble nest, feelin frisky
bubble nest, feelin frisky, chris robbins: Hi Matt; Male bettas make a bubble nest to prepare for a female to spawn with. That s probably what you are seeing. It is a good sign that he is healthy and happy.....and feelin frisky! When bettas spawn, the male takes the eggs into his mouth and spits...

Fish: Betta STILL isn't eating, happy fish, sick fish
happy fish, sick fish, chris robbins: Hi Julia; Could he getting to be a senior citizen ? Bettas live to be about 2 or 3 years old. They are about a year old when you buy them. Their appetite decreases sometimes as they age. Most offices are on the cool side for bettas so you might try...

Fish: can our Betta be saved?, cast iron radiators, male betta
cast iron radiators, male betta, chris robbins: Hi Jen; Poor little guy. It sounds like columnaris. Here is an article about it and how to treat it; http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/disease/p/columnaris.htm You have to scroll down past some of the advertisements to see the whole text of the article....

Fish: Betta sees Reflection, fish light, male betta
fish light, male betta, aggression: Your Betta is seeing his reflection and thinking its another male Betta! Now he s showing off to defend his territory. Its not good for a Betta to constantly be flaring like that, he will get stressed out. It could be the location of the tank, for example...

Fish: Betta sex, chris robbins, betta splendens
chris robbins, betta splendens, true sex: Hi Nora; I have never heard of bettas changing sex but they could be mistaken for one or the other. Young males are often thought to be females. If they are late bloomers they can eventually grow longer fins and show their true sex. In Betta Splendens...

Fish: My Betta is very sick!, maracyn 2, internal parasite
maracyn 2, internal parasite, happy fish: Hi Betty; Poor guy. It s possible he has an internal infection of some kind. It could be parasites or even a bacterial infection. If he has become extremely thin and pale he isn t strong enough to treat with an internal parasite medicine so first try some...

Fish: Betta sick, mosquito larvae, desk lamp
mosquito larvae, desk lamp, change water: Hello Laura- As far as the Maracyn goes, you can switch back and forth between the two without compromising the health of your little one. I think adding the untreated tap water may be what is causing problems. I would change out the water with some treated...

Fish: Betta is sick, aquarium salt, body rot
aquarium salt, body rot, bamboo plant: Hello Angie- A white film on the surface is usually caused by the addition of live plants (like your bamboo) and dust/dirt from the air. It s normal, but should be skimmed off with a net so the betta can get to the surface to breathe. White fuzz, on the...

Fish: Betta sick, brine shrimp, temperature guage
brine shrimp, temperature guage, garlic powder: Hello Sheilagh- Has he passed feces since you fed him the peas? If not, then your little guy may have a serious intestinal blockage. There s not much to do in this case, short of surgery. If he has passed feces, then he may have just been feeling under...

Fish: Betta sick, aquarium salt, maroxy
aquarium salt, maroxy, water change: Hello Kat- What you are describing sounds sort of like a slime fungus. The water change should eliminate it, but if it grows back it could harm your fish, so adding some Aquarium salt or Maroxy to the tank may not be a bad idea. Hope this is helpful!...

Fish: is my Betta sick?, small plastic container, muscle deterioration
small plastic container, muscle deterioration, poor immune system: I, in all honestly, have absolutely no idea what the exact cause of this strange bump is. I believe it could be a harmless tumor (with the information that has been given). I suggest keeping a very close eye on him for the next few days. Feed him a well balanced...

Fish: Betta is sick, abdominal cavity, disease diagnosis
abdominal cavity, disease diagnosis, viral diseases: This is a common but difficult problem and typifies the problems involved in fish disease diagnosis. Abdominal swelling is not a disease - but a clinical sign of several possible health problems. Because an internal disorder is involved, in most cases it...

Fish: Betta got sick suddenly, types of antibiotics, maracyn
types of antibiotics, maracyn, small tank: Hello Mary- First off, you need to move your betta into a cup and rinse his tank out with hot water (no soap.) Wipe all the gunk off the sides with a paper towel, and fill the tank up with water. Use a water conditioner to remove the chlorine (if you haven...

Fish: Betta sick -suspect ich, fish medications, aquarium salt
fish medications, aquarium salt, aquarisol: Kate, This sounds like a parasite, The itching is almost a sure sign. There is a perfect cure for you that will cover ich and parasites. It is called coppersafe by mardel ... very cheap carried by all...

Fish: Betta sick swollen, turkey baster, little fella
turkey baster, little fella, soda straw: Hi Edith; Poor little fella. He may have an infection causing an abcess. You can use an antibiotic called Maracyn 2 . It absorbs inside the fish to get to where the infection is. Other medicines only treat the outside of the fish. Most medicines are packaged...

Fish: Betta is sick, little fella, bottled drinking water
little fella, bottled drinking water, aqua culture: Hi Pamela; He may need warmer water to get him well again. Put his tank in the warmest spot of your house. Put a light on him if you have to. Get it up to 80 or 82. Once the temperature is up he may start eating again. If he does start getting hungry, try...

Fish: Betta sickly, cichlid research, head and mouth
cichlid research, head and mouth, little fellow: Hi Kat, Actually that all sounds very good. I m impressed that you got him to eat peas. That was a good move. The red poop is fine. I suggest you try him back on the flakes. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: Betta sickness, male bettas, epsom salt
male bettas, epsom salt, water change: Sarah, You have had bettas and know they get aggravated with each other. You can hold a mirror up to them and make them flare up kiddo. I would isolate him from that tank to reduce stress. Raised scales...

Fish: Betta sore on flank, cichlid research, incorrect medication
cichlid research, incorrect medication, whitish area: Hi Heather, Hmmm... I assume that there is nobody else in the tank with him so it isn t a bite... ? You are right to be cautious about treating him. In a 2-1/2 gallon tank, there isn t a lot of room for error if you overdose him with medication....

Fish: My Betta spits out his food, beneficial bacteria, gal tank
beneficial bacteria, gal tank, chris robbins: Hi Elle; Barron s books are really good ones. Look for one about Bettas. They should be available at your local fish store and some stores like WalMart have them too. While you are there, shop for a tank with a heater. It sounds like your house is too...

Fish: Betta stopped eating, fish stress, fish tank
fish stress, fish tank, paint fumes: Hi Under ideal circumstances – proper water conditions, a diet including a variety of foods, uncrowded conditions, and an environment lacking other stress – diseases rarely affect fish. Usually fish will only get sick when something in the environment is...

Fish: Betta stopped eating, brine shrimp, tank temperature
brine shrimp, tank temperature, fish store: Hey Kristin, If you ve tried bloodworms, hikari betta pellets, brine shrimp, and all that fun stuff, try the bristly green tops of broccoli, thawed and cut peas, and raising the tank temperature. Keep his water above 74* (even over night) and below 78*f...

Fish: Betta's strange behavior, female betta fish, strange behavior
female betta fish, strange behavior, glass bowl: If shes eating alright and not showing any other sign of sickness, she might just be in the right area to see he reflection in the glass. Do you notice if she does it more at night than during the day? Try moving the bowl to a different area and see if it...

Fish: Is my Betta suffering or dying? I have tried everything., brine shrimp, male betta
brine shrimp, male betta, swim bladder: Diana, I m sorry to see that you lost your fish. It s always hard to lose something you ve grown attached too. (My favorite dalmatian Molly died a few days ago as well.) The apparent high ammonia in the tank is probably what finished him off in those...

Fish: Betta swimbladder/constipation?, molly fish, flake food
molly fish, flake food, epsom salt: Hi Victor, I beleave I know this problem but I dont kno any cure for it. This is what happend to 2 of my molly fish that I recently had and they both died over night on different nights. I do think it is a desease but it ounds as if your bowl is shining...

Fish: Betta swiming in circles, maracyn 2, well balanced diet
maracyn 2, well balanced diet, treatable cause: Hi Aurea; He may have a failed swim bladder. The swim bladder is an organ below the spine inside the fish that controls buoyancy, or basically the ability to float. If it fails, the fish can t stay upright in the water and will sometimes lay down. It can...

Fish: Betta swimming sideways, epsom salts, tiny chunks
epsom salts, tiny chunks, tiny pinch: Hi Katie; Sounds like he may have intestinal gas. Feed him green peas instead of regular food for a couple of days. Cook and cool them and pop them from their little round shells. Break them into tiny chunks and feed a little bit twice a day. This will...

Fish: My Betta is swollen!!!!!!, cichlid research, intestinal infection
cichlid research, intestinal infection, uneaten food: Hi Briana, Keep cleaning his tank regularly (at least once a week) and that may help perk him up. It is possible that he has some sort of intestinal infection. Unfortunately those are really, really hard to treat. Be very sure that no uneaten food...

Fish: Betta Tail disease?, aquarium decoration, fin rot
aquarium decoration, fin rot, vibrant colour: Hello Jessica- Fin chunks falling off indicate one of two things: fin rot (black, rotting edges of the fins) or sharp decorations/plants. One of my bettas started losing bits of his tail, and it was because of a sharp aquarium decoration he had been...

Fish: My Betta's Tank and more Betta related Questions, male betta, fish tank
male betta, fish tank, disease c: Hi Kelsey; I forgot to answer your question about popeye; Popeye is a symptom of an internal infection, tumor, etc. The fish doesn t really die of the popeye itself, but of the problem that caused it. The main cause of illnesses that cause popeye...

Fish: My Betta's Tank and more Betta related Questions, male betta, long hope
male betta, long hope, behavor: Hi Kelsey; The bubbles Tokyo makes are his nest to prepare for breeding. It s a good sign that he is healthy. When a female comes along and he breeds with her, he takes the eggs in his mouth and spits them out into the nest. He does the same with the babies...

Fish: Betta Tank Mates, golden mystery snail, male bettas
golden mystery snail, male bettas, apple snail: Dear Emily, It all depends on tank size - anything under two gallons and I wouldn t risk it. Bettas are territorial to some extent towards all creatures, and toxic ammonia might build up too quickly if you have another fish/animal in there. For heavily...

Fish: Betta Tank, electric heating pad, aquarium heater
electric heating pad, aquarium heater, size tank: Hi Greg- Fortunately, most places sell heaters for as little as 1 gallon of water. You can find them at pet stores, or even WalMart. Or, you can use an electric heating pad and set the tank on it. Just be careful that the water doesn t get too hot, or melt...

Fish: Betta Tankmates, zebra fish, gallon tank
zebra fish, gallon tank, zebras: Hello Sandra, In a 2 gallon tank the betta may get stressed and attack the zebras, he could actually eat them as a little snack. This, believe it or not, has happened before. Other times the betta and zebras have been just fine. I guess you could wait and...

Fish: Betta Tanks, betta tanks, size tank
betta tanks, size tank, tank waste: Hi Lillian; Unfortunately, there are many tanks specifically made for bettas that don t have enough room. The companies that manufacture them don t know enough about bettas. Or worse, they simply don t care. It s a marketing gimmick that works. They sell...

Fish: Betta Trouble, tiny chunks, bladder disease
tiny chunks, bladder disease, tank heater: Hi Chris; It does sound like a swim bladder issue. It may have been brought on by constipation. Change his water right away and clean out the rocks. The white junk in the bottom is a fungus growing on leftover food. It means he has either been overfed or...

Fish: My Betta's tank keeps getting swampy, cichlid research, electric shocks
cichlid research, electric shocks, betta: Hi LeeAnna, How often are you changing the water in the tank? You should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week. Also, be sure that you are not overfeeding him. Only put in food that he eats immediately. Do not put in food for him...

Fish: Betta tank mates, tank mates, gal tank
tank mates, gal tank, chris robbins: Hi Ben; You would need a tank at least twice that size to have tankmates with your little guy. It s only enough room for just him. The one gallon bowl would be perfect for another betta but other types of fish need more space. Bettas are the only fish equipped...

Fish: Betta tankmates, african dwarf frogs, ghost shrimp
african dwarf frogs, ghost shrimp, tank mates: A 1.5 tank is too small for multiple fish. Your Betta would probably take out his anger at whatever you put in there, especially because the new fish wouldn t have any place to hide. If you want to start a social aquarium with a Betta I d suggest a 5 gallon...

Fish: Betta at top of tank, pea sinks to bottom, cichlid research, flake food
cichlid research, flake food, blood worms: Hi Kristina, It is possible that he is just getting old. Bettas don t live all that long. While some will live to be as old as five years, for many, they only live a year or so. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: Betta has trouble eating, aquarium store, chris robbins
aquarium store, chris robbins, tiny piece: Hi Michele; I ve seen this in cases when the fish has a bacterial infection, the water is too cold or he is constipated. An internal infection can cause swelling inside the throat that prevents food from getting down. Look at his eyes and belly to see if...

Fish: Betta Water, bottled drinking water, help with stress
bottled drinking water, help with stress, chris robbins: OOooh.... Tap water already equipped with your own nitrate! What a pain in the neck. :-/ In that case, you could even use 100% spring water or bottled drinking water. Or, like you suggested, 50% tap and 50% spring or drinking. Whatever it takes to keep nitrates...

Fish: Betta Wierd Behavior, long periods of time, couple degrees
long periods of time, couple degrees, tail rot: Hi Vanessa; You need to warm them up somehow. They need to be at least 25 c. It will certainly improve things for him. If you can get a lamp to put the bulb next to their containers, it will raise them. He may already have had a problem before you got...

Fish: Betta w/ circles on tail, signs of stress, definite diagnosis
signs of stress, definite diagnosis, information signs: Hi Marie, This is not something I have personally experienced. You know how they say a picture is worth 1,000 words - well, how about a pic? Have you a digital camera? If so, you can e-mail me a picture at platytudes@gmail.com - I ll probably be online...

Fish: Betta w/ white spots, tankmates, algae eaters, w tank
algae eaters, w tank, gal tank: Hi Carol, I would definately remove the crabs. Give them a nice little 5 - 10 gallon of their own, as they will probably steer clear of each other but do damage to other fish. 2.5 gal is a nice tank size for the two bettas, but for anything else (algae...

Fish: Betta water, room temperature water, beneficial bacteria
room temperature water, beneficial bacteria, chris robbins: Hi Meghan; Have you changed foods or are you feeding more than you used to? Often, an oily film on top is from the food. Even a difference in batches of the same food from the manufacturer can have more or less fat from time to time. Is the gravel dirty?...

Fish: Betta with white spots, partial water changes, sucker fish
partial water changes, sucker fish, chris robbins: Hi Dora; Yes, test kits are available at your local fish store. They can also test the water for you, usually for a small fee. The tests you need are; PH - should be 7.0 to 7.5 for bettas Ammonia - should always be zero Nitrite - should always...

Fish: Betta won't eat, maracyn 2, chris robbins
maracyn 2, chris robbins, bettas: Hi Erin; I am so sorry your question has not been answered for so long! Something is wrong with the system and your question never got to my email box. I kept getting notices that I had questions that weren t being answered and I kept checking but nothing...

Fish: Betta won't eat with new Pleco., delicate fins, sign of happiness
delicate fins, sign of happiness, old tank: Hi Kim, No, the betta cannot mate with the pleco - they are of different species so it would be impossible. The puffing up of the gills is called flaring and is normal behaviour from bettas trying to defend what they see and their territory. Since you...

Fish: Betta won't eat, poor fella, chris robbins
poor fella, chris robbins, fish forum: Hi Maxine; Poor fella. Try putting him in a warmer place. Bettas like temperatures in the 80 s. They especially need heat if they have been sick or suffered a trauma like yours has. Put a light close to him to raise it up if necessary. He needs at least...

Fish: Betta won't swim, cichlid research, swim bladder
cichlid research, swim bladder, betta fish: Hi Kade, They don t lose their swim bladder but sometimes when a fish gets old, its swim bladder doesn t work well. That said, bettas will often just sit on the bottom when they aren t doing anything. Is he sitting upright or is he lying on his side?...

Fish: Betta, chris robbins, gallon tank
chris robbins, gallon tank, senior citizen: Hi Nancy; If he is still eating he is probably still pretty comfortable. Keep his water as warm as possible. He is a senior citizen for sure. They need help with their metabolism at this stage. Warmer water increases it. You ve done a great job caring...

Fish: Bettas, 10 gallon aquariums, 10 gallon aquarium
10 gallon aquariums, 10 gallon aquarium, whole nine yards: Hi Michael; Bettas should be in 1/2 gallon or larger. Many are kept smaller containers but they really aren t happy and not even really safe there. Too small a space and it gets dirty pretty fast. They don t really need 10 gallons though, but they do like...

Fish: Bettas, community tanks, new tanks
community tanks, new tanks, size tank: Hi Kate; Bettas can indeed be kept in community tanks. However, it depends on what size tank they share and what kind of fish they are. What do you have? You also want to be careful how many fish you add to a tank if it s new. The break-in period can...

Fish: Bettas, betta fish, fish bowls
betta fish, fish bowls, tank syndrome: Hi Michelle; There are a few you can put in with him. Go to this link for suggestions; http://bettas.fishjunkies.com/tankmates.php Let him be alone for 6 weeks to get the tank to break-in and you can add other fish slowly. You only want to put in...

Fish: Bettas, anchor worm, natural coloration
anchor worm, natural coloration, aquarium salt: Hello Jessica- The white bump on your female s belly (in between the two short fins on her belly) in commonly called the egg spot. When it s white and protruding, she may be ready to breed. I ve never heard of eggs getting stuck there; she may just be filled...

Fish: Bettas, cichlid research, aquarium heater
cichlid research, aquarium heater, small tank: Hi Sandy, Ideally you would put him in a small tank with a small aquarium heater -- that works much better than a light. You should change about 20% of his water, once a week, every week. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Bettas, styrofoam cup, blowing bubbles
styrofoam cup, blowing bubbles, air bubbles: 82 degrees? Betta water temperature is suppose to be between 72-76 degrees (F). This may prevent them from breeding properly. I m not quite sure how to keep the bubble nests from popping. Maybe your Betta isn t truly making a bubble nest, rather just blowing...

Fish: Bettas, female bettas, 2 females
female bettas, 2 females, two females: Hello Veronica- Don t ever trust salesmen...they re trying to sell you as many fish as possible, they re not concerned about the fish s health. You should never keep male and female bettas together unless they re breeding. Females are almost as aggressive...

Fish: Bettas, guppy fry, male betta
guppy fry, male betta, fish tanks: Yes, a male betta will be so happy in that size tank by himself. What i would do is get a ten-gallon filter so you would only have to do 25% water changes every 2 weeks. The reason you need a filter is because bettas are sometimes messy eaters so what they...

Fish: Bettas, cichlid research, karen kuehn
cichlid research, karen kuehn, male betta: Hi Karen, Bettas CAN live in very small bodies of water if necessary, but that doesn t mean that it is good for them and it doesn t mean they like it (which is why he keeps jumping out). -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Bettas, fancy guppies, tank mates
fancy guppies, tank mates, african clawed frog: Hey Kate! Bettas do have a tendency to be aggressive with each other, but they are sometimes timid in a community. Your frog is fine as long as its NOT a African CLAWED Frog. some good tank mates are: - white cloud minnow - tetras - danios - angelfish...

Fish: My Bettas eye, male betta, aquarium salt
male betta, aquarium salt, melafix: Hello Chelsea- He may have hurt his eye somehow and gotten an infection, since it s red and swollen, rather than whitish. To help treat this, you can add a dose of Melafix and aquarium salt to the tank. A 25% water change will also help. This will help...

Fish: Bettas and Fantail Goldfish, male betta, fantail goldfish
male betta, fantail goldfish, fantails: Hello Ty- I really can t say for sure. If the goldfish are bigger than the betta, you can do a test run, but if the fantails are young and small, I d wait and let them see each other through the glass first. Usually, bettas can learn to get along with...

Fish: Bettas, Goldfish, Etc., 10 gallon aquarium, feeder fish
10 gallon aquarium, feeder fish, oxygen requirements: Hi Michael; You certainly aren t an idiot for asking questions. In my experience, idiots think they already know everything so they don t even ask questions! Anyway, the betta setup answers are pretty simple actually. Bettas are best off in at least...

Fish: Bettas keep dying..., cichlid research, betta food
cichlid research, betta food, poppy seeds: Hi Mike, Hmmm... that is puzzling. Add the chemical to the water before you put it in the tank. It sounds like your tank isn t very large. A capful sounds like quite a bit for a small tank. Please check the dosage information. I am not thrilled...

Fish: Bettas keep dying, black mystery snail, stress coat
black mystery snail, stress coat, chris robbins: Hi Holly; They may have just been weak fish. Try buying them at another store. Look at the little bowls they are kept in. If they look dirty, don t buy them. Keep the temperature a bit higher and see if that helps. They should be at 78 or higher 24...

Fish: Bettas; keeping them in fishbowls, betta bowls, cichlid tank
betta bowls, cichlid tank, oscar cichlid: Hi Susan; What a betta hero you are! I know how horrible those poor fellas get treated sometimes. I am glad yours are safe and happy now. The gravel is a great idea. Treat the bacteria-coated gravel just like they are fish. To rinse the gravel out,...

Fish: Bettas losing their tails!!, room temperature water, fish tanks
room temperature water, fish tanks, plastic plants: Hi Susan; There are several possibilities; They may be biting their own tails off thinking there is another betta in with them. There are plastic plants in the tanks tearing them. They have weak tails. Do you see the pieces of them in the bottom...

Fish: Bettas and neon tetras, brine shrimp, neon tetra
brine shrimp, neon tetra, neon tetras: Hello Sue, Saldy, no, bettas and neons can not live together despite there butiful colors they display. I have a cousin that had a betta and 4 neon tetras and the betta slowly, but sherly, ate all of the neons. They see them as a kind of brine shrimp, a ...

Fish: Bettas,new tank and tankmates, gallon fish tank, 2 corys
gallon fish tank, 2 corys, aquarium salt: Hello Jessica, A tank needs to be cycled before you add fish otherwise the fish will most probably simply die. You need to use pure bottled ammonia, but you cannot do this while fish are in the tank, so you will need to get someone to look after your Betta...

Fish: Bettas & Other Fish, 30 gallon tank, fancy goldfish
30 gallon tank, fancy goldfish, fish question: Hi Larissa, The rosy reds would be better off in a different tank to the betta - they are essentially sub-tropical fish and bettas are tropical. The two species are not compatible. Bettas are best off alone - they do not neccissarily need companionship...

Fish: Bettas and other fish, white cloud mountain, white cloud mountain minnows
white cloud mountain, white cloud mountain minnows, bronze catfish: Hi Christina, There are several tankmate options for bettas, but all should be used with caution because bettas are never, as a rule, predictable. Species that I have housed successfully with bettas are white cloud mountain minnows and bronze corydoras...

Fish: Bettas - Which sex? Which 'tank mates'?, tank mates, cleaner shrimp
tank mates, cleaner shrimp, crazy fish: Hi Bob; If the betta has long fins it is male. However, males and females should not be kept together all the time. The female is introduced to the male s tank when ready for spawning only. If the female is not ready to breed or after they finish breeding,...

Fish: I have two Bettas and they share a ten gallon tank with divider, one has a huge sackish looking thing under his chin area, what could be wrong?, chris robbins, chin area
chris robbins, chin area, gallon tank: Hi Melody; He could have an abcess from an infection or he is constipated and it is causing him to bloat up in that area. It could even be his gills hanging out from an infection there. You might want to try an antibiotic called Maracyn 2 . It absorbs...

Fish: Bettas, bottom feeder, desktop aquarium
bottom feeder, desktop aquarium, tiny tank: Hi Randi; Snails actually create more mess than they clean up. They re pretty much poop machines . Being such a tiny tank I just don t think another fish would work in there. Nothing really eats waste anyway. They make waste. (Yuck!) Sometimes the...

Fish: Bettass, transparent fins, natural instincts
transparent fins, natural instincts, bettas: Hello Kimberly- Your males (or female) may just be too old. If they aren t flaring, blowing nests, or even nipping each other, they re too old to breed. For example...I have a male who s 3 inches long (minus tail) and he s very old. He still flares at...

Fish: Bette/ strange behavior, brineshrimp, beneficial bacteria
brineshrimp, beneficial bacteria, lack of oxygen: Hi, My first thought would be lack of oxygen. Their tank must be filtered, but not have a strong current. Make the filter break the surface of the tank a little more, as that will give them a bit more oxygen, but do make sure they aren t being blown about...

Fish: Better improvement, live brine shrimp, goldfish flakes
live brine shrimp, goldfish flakes, gold nugget: Hi Jack, Actually it sounds like you are doing quite well. The twice a week water changes are an excellent way to keep the fish happy and healthy. While the tank is full, it doesn t sound like it is overly full, but then again, I wouldn t add anything...

Fish: All Better!! Thank you!!, glorious trip, nitrites
glorious trip, nitrites, sage advice: WoooooHOOOO! **Tinking my glass in toast to the good health of your fish, and sanity and rest to you** Have a glorious trip to LA and may your voices be a blessing to all who hear and a sweet, sweet sound to The King s ear...... Love; Chri...

Fish: Big belly and scales ripped open, aquarium pharmaceuticals, chris robbins
aquarium pharmaceuticals, chris robbins, maracyn 2: Hi Jacquie; The bowl too small for any other fish, so I m assuming your fish is a betta? It could be an infection or a tumor. The only thing I can recommend is to try antibiotics. There is one readily available called Maracyn 2 . It absorbs into the...

Fish: Big Lump on Beta Tummy, cichlid research, cantankerous fish
cichlid research, cantankerous fish, gills: Hi Laura, Hmmm... that doesn t sound good but sadly there isn t much I can offer to help with the situation. It sounds like some kind of tumor and I don t know of any treatment for that. Sorry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Big snails, cichlid research, fish keepers
cichlid research, fish keepers, razor blade: Hi Rebecca, Whether you want to keep them or not is entirely up to you. I know some fish keepers that really don t like snails -- so those people would get rid of them -- but I also know other people who really like snails, in fact, they don t keep fish...

Fish: Big stomach, cichlid research, bloat
cichlid research, bloat, intestine: Hi Charlie, Unfortunately it sounds like your fish has bloat. This is typically caused by some sort of infection in the stomach or intestine. There are medicines and the most effective would be ones that he either eats or that you soak his food in (provided...

Fish: Bigger tank, little swimmers, color and personality
little swimmers, color and personality, gallon tank: Sara, gotta tell ya if I went that big I would go saltwater, but it is all about filtration. Abit of an investment. Lots of color and personality. I have a 125 trop salt and a 45 aggressive with a lion...

Fish: Bio wheel, dead bacteria, biowheel
dead bacteria, biowheel, thease: James, If you do regular cleanings your biowheel don t get corrupt. You can rinse it now and then it won t hurt it ... the bacteria will build up again quickly .... as long as it is not turning brown which...

Fish: Biorb, black fish, gal tank
black fish, gal tank, petco: Hello Evelyn, Im not sure what you mean by one black fish. Is that a specific breed or is it just any fish of all black fish that can go in that tank. Of your talking about any black fish that will go in this tank it will be fine. Please ask again with more...

Fish: BLACK MOLLY BREEDING, black mollies, black molly
black mollies, black molly, good appetite: Hi Ric; No problem! I would rather have a long email than have to beg for needed information and have to correspond several different times. You gave me some good stuff to work with. Mollies require very clean water and a good diet. It was formerly believed...

Fish: BLACK MOOR LOSING SCALES, dwarf frog, sucker fish
dwarf frog, sucker fish, black moor: Hello Misty- Your Moor should be fine as long as the injuries haven t drawn blood and he still has some scales left. It s good that you removed the sucker fish. Melafix and aquarium salt will help regrow the scales within a month or two, depending on the...

Fish: BLUE JOHANNA, blue johanna, cichlid research
blue johanna, cichlid research, eggs: Hi Josh, Unfortunately things are not good for that fish. It sounds like that fish has either been badly beaten or has a bad internal infection hence the eggs coming out the bottom of it . Are they in the form of a stringy white thing, i.e., bumps connected...

Fish: Black bug-eyed goldfish w/shiny scales appearing in spots., apple snails, golden algae
apple snails, golden algae, color fades: Hi Nancy; The fish you have are called Black Telescope and Orange Telescope . Some fish stores call them Moors instead of Telescopes. The scale differences are simply due to a normal color change. As they age the black color fades and they become...

Fish: Black Convict babies -- are they stressed?, black convicts, black convict
black convicts, black convict, flake food: Hi Annie; They probably are stressed and feeling very vulnerable. They are used to the protection of their parents and may indeed hide for quite a while. They will get used to it over time. Make a 25% water change every day so they will feel their best...

Fish: Black Convict Chiclid, black convict, female convict
black convict, female convict, cichlid research: Hi Annie, Your best bet would be a female convict. He will really like that! The important thing with any cichlid tank is to have lots of structure in the tank (wood, rock, or plants) to break up the space and provide lots of hiding places for any weaker...

Fish: Black Convict Chilids, e mail address, black convict
e mail address, black convict, chris robbins: Hi Harry; Convict s colors will intesify as they come into breeding condition and prepare to spawn. If they have staked out territory and you are sure of their sexes then it looks like you indeed have babies on the way! The system doesn t give me the...

Fish: Black Convict, convict names, black convict
convict names, black convict, convict cichlid: Hi Donna, Eleven years! That is a VERY, VERY, VERY old convict cichlid. Some of the larger cichlids like oscars can live into their early 20 s but I have never heard of a convict living anywhere near 10 years. I suspect that old age is catching...

Fish: Black Convicts, black convicts, cichlid research
black convicts, cichlid research, hiding places: Hi Kameng, The best thing you can do is make sure that the tank has lots of structure (e.g., plants, rock, wood) creating lots of hiding places where the female can go if she is being bothered. Only when she is ready can they breed and there is no way...

Fish: Black Convicts, black convicts, cichlid research
black convicts, cichlid research, gallon tank: Hi Dominique, I suggest you hold off on adding any fish. Once the convicts get large enough to breed (which is likely soon), they will fully occupy the tank. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Black Convicts Breeding, cichlid research, black convicts
cichlid research, black convicts, black convict: Hi Charles, Yes, it takes about three days for the eggs to hatch. This depends somewhat on temperature. At really warm temperatures it can take half a day less and at cold temperatures (e.g., near 70oF), it might take up to five days for them to hatch....

Fish: Black Convicts, black convicts, ron coleman
black convicts, ron coleman, 2 females: Hi Christine; I apologize for not getting to you sooner. The AllExperts system is having a problem and not getting my questions to me. You might want to ask Ron Coleman here on AllExperts. He has a lot more experience in cichlids than I do. Here is his...

Fish: Black convict cichlids, black convicts, black convict
black convicts, black convict, tank syndrome: Hi Sarah; It could be ick. If they look like tiny white pindots, that s it. New Tank Syndrome can cause enough stress that it easily attacks fish. New Tank Syndrome lasts about 6 to 8 weeks. Toxins rise and fall and the fish sometimes get sick if you don...

Fish: When are my Black convicts going to hatch, cichlid research, black convicts
cichlid research, black convicts, black convict: Hi Isaac, Convict eggs take about 3 days to hatch. However, those eggs may not ever hatch because they will be a hybrid between two species. If they do hatch, you will have a real problem because hybrids are very problematic. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Black Fantail Disease, grey patches, bluish tinge
grey patches, bluish tinge, fantails: Hello David- Are the goldfish aggressive with the black fantail? If the goldfish have a V shaped tail, they may be biting the scales off of your fantails (with a Y shaped tail.) Other than that, I would recommend treating your tank for Ich. You can buy...

Fish: Black Fin Shark (catfish), bottom feeder fish, cory cats
bottom feeder fish, cory cats, corys: Hi, this may be a problem, if he is not eating, but make sure you are giving him the right food i deffinatelly recomend wardly brin shrinp sinking pellets, if you have a hard time finding these pellets you can also buy your Cory sinking pellets for bottom...

Fish: Black Fin Shark, water test kit, columbian sharks
water test kit, columbian sharks, black fin shark: Good day James, thank you for your question. First of all, let me get a little background information from you. How long have you had your tank setup? For any fish to stay alive in it, it has to be completely cycled. Which means that upon testing the water,...

Fish: Black Fin Sharks, aquarium salt, black fin sharks
aquarium salt, black fin sharks, chris robbins: Hi James; Make a 25% water change, add 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of aquarium salt and give me a bit more info; How big is the tank? How often are water changes made? How much water at a time? Do you add salt? (blackfin sharks need a little bit and increased...

Fish: Black Fuzz in my tank, nutrient rich substrate, brush algae
nutrient rich substrate, brush algae, algae eaters: Good evening Ryan, thank you for your question. It sounds like you are plagued by brush algae, but without a picture it is difficult to ID. Algae comes in many forms, but black or dark green is often bristly, a kind of brush or beard algae. I am hoping...

Fish: Black fin shark (catfish), breeding guppies, black fin sharks
breeding guppies, black fin sharks, size tank: Hi Vincent; I need a bit more info to be able to help you; What size tank do you have? What is the water temperature? How long has the tank been set up? How often do you usually make water changes? How much water is changed at one time? When you...

Fish: Black Ghost Knife Fish, black ghost knife fish, ghost knife fish
black ghost knife fish, ghost knife fish, 10 gallon aquarium: Hi Kathleen, That is WAY too small a space for those fish. They may be fine today but one day soon there are going to be big problems -- it is just a matter of time. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Black Ghost Knife fish, black ghost knife fish, ghost knife fish
black ghost knife fish, ghost knife fish, high protein foods: Hi Chris; Ghost Knife often require live food. Sometimes they will eat flakes or pellets but not usually. Especially when reluctant to eat as a new fish. Baby guppies, live shrimp, live worms or other foods may be what it takes, but the koi will get them...

Fish: Black Ghost Knifefish with tubular pinkish discharge from behind jaw, black ghost knifefish, blue gourami
black ghost knifefish, blue gourami, bala sharks: Hi Angela; He may have injured himself. He is feeling insecure so he is going back to his natural habit of being nocturnal and hiding. Sometimes BGK s will squabble with plecostomus at night for hiding places. Make a few extra ones so that doesn t become...

Fish: Black Ghost Knifefish, aquarium salt, angel fish
aquarium salt, angel fish, blue dye: Hi Andy; It sounds like he may have injured himself and it became infected with a fungus. There is a fungus that causes cottony patches and lethargy called Saprolegnia. It infects wounded areas and sometimes the gills. Aquarium salt is very helpful but...

Fish: Black Ghost, black ghosts, black ghost
black ghosts, black ghost, tubifex worms: Hi Don; Black Ghosts can be very difficult to feed. They are nocturnal so they often will only eat at night. You should find out what he ate at the fish store and go from there. Many will only eat live tubifex worms or baby guppies. It depends on what they...

Fish: Black ghost knife (BGK), ph test kit, black ghost knife
ph test kit, black ghost knife, gravel vacuum: Hello Scarlet- First off, I want to thank you for caring so much about Black Beauty - you are a wonderful fish mommy and it would be a great world if everyone paid as much attention to their fish as you are willing to do. I don t really know what to...

Fish: Black ghost knife (BGK), ph test kit, black ghost knife
ph test kit, black ghost knife, gravel vacuum: Hi Scarlet, I have no personal experience with black ghost knife fish; however, I can offer the following. Knife fish have evolved to live in complex spatial environments -- that s why they use electro-reception to find their way around their world. ...

Fish: Black Mollies, dalmation mollies, cichlid research
dalmation mollies, cichlid research, long periods of time: Hi Christie, Livebearers (of which molliies are one kind) can be sexed by looking at the anal fin. Males have a modified anal fin called a gonopodium which is used to transfer sperm to the female. It is roughly equivalent in function, but not identical...

Fish: Black Molly, bala sharks, black molly
bala sharks, black molly, gallon tank: Deanna, Are they red. They are probably being bitten by the bala sharks. They are semi aggressive and don t like to share their space with fishies that can t hold their own.I would choose which fish you...

Fish: Black Molly Babies, ammonia nitrate, poor water quality
ammonia nitrate, poor water quality, black molly: Hi. They should be very lively, so I presume poor water quality is causing their lethargic bevaviour. You should, if possible, buy test kits and test your water for nitrite, ammonia, nitrate and pH. The nitrite and ammonia should be 0.0, do regular water...

Fish: Black Molly Behavior, black molly, change good luck
black molly, change good luck, gallon tank: Rhonda, Do you have a heater in your tank? If not get one right away. He may have a swimbladder infection. Medicate your tank with some tetracycline. Medicate for 7 days. Remove your carbon. After 7 days...

Fish: Black Molly behavior, black mollys, ammonia level
black mollys, ammonia level, black molly: Frank, your water temperature is perfect. So keep that there. You PH level, ammonia level, and nitrites level and etc.... can probably be either too high and/or too low. You can go to a pet store and buy test kits for them and they should tell you water...

Fish: Black Molly Momma, black molly fish, chris robbins
black molly fish, chris robbins, livebearers: Hi Amy; It is unfortunately common for livebearers to die as they drop babies. If she doesn t look like she is breathing she may indeed be gone. Poor thing. Many babies are often eaten too. It s just part of nature. To save them all you may have to get...

Fish: Black Molly Pregancy, black molly, mom and dad
black molly, mom and dad, square edges: Hey Frank, From mating until birthing, it s about 4-6 weeks. You ll know when she s ready when you see her in profile, and she looks like a head, square body, tail. It wont be rough square edges, but she ll look much like a box. Then its hours to days before...

Fish: Black Molly, black mollies, high fiber foods
black mollies, high fiber foods, raw spinach: Hi Joe; Babies usually don t usually get stuck at that point and male molly sex organs are already outside the body. (It s the pointed fin underneath.) It probably has a rupture, prolapse or a hernia. Basically, the internal organs are sticking out where...

Fish: Black Mollys and disease, black mollys, neon tetras
black mollys, neon tetras, tank syndrome: Hi Jerri-Lynn; It s called shimmy and is related to poor water conditions and/or stress. Since your tank has just come out of new tank syndrome I would suspect that to have been the cause. NTS makes for very poor water conditions until it fully finishes....

Fish: Black Moor, partial water change, epsom salts
partial water change, epsom salts, swim bladder: Hello Karen- So sorry to hear about your little guy s suffering. You can try feeding him defrosted peas; this fiber will help clear out his digestive tract and relieve some pressure on the swim bladder. Also, you can try treating the tank with Epsom salts...

Fish: Black Moor, cichlid research, long periods of time
cichlid research, long periods of time, edible plants: Hi Gaelle, They can sit still for long periods of time. The key is whether he is sitting upright. If so, then things are generally okay. If not, then you have problems. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Black Moor, black moor fish, black moors
black moor fish, black moors, aggressive fish: Hello Estela - Black moors are usually very timid and not at all aggressive. I wouldn t worry about him hurting the goldfish - he s probably just playing. Just watch the goldfish, as they have been know to hurt a moor s special eyes with their nipping....

Fish: Black Moor, black moors, tiny worms
black moors, tiny worms, gallon tank: Hi Erick, Firstly, both Black Moors and Lionheads will quickly outgrow that tank, so I d recommend you upgraded it to a 20 gallon in a few months at most. If it is just the iris of his eye (not the pupil) that is cloudy, he has a Gram Negative Bacterial...

Fish: Black Moor, stomach bloating, tiny eggs
stomach bloating, tiny eggs, sized fish: Hey again, Before you go and commit to one idea, be sure you ve got it right. Check into a google search of black moor dropsy pictures. Usually, a dropsy victim will have that inflated look all over, not just it s stomach. However, in the early stages it...

Fish: My Black Moor, black moor, black moors
black moor, black moors, google: Good morning Corinna, Goldfish changing color is well documented on the internet. I especially see this question in reference to black moors turning grey or other colors. There s nothing to do about it, it s genetic. In other words, is nothing wrong with...

Fish: Black Moor, black moor fish, turtle tank
black moor fish, turtle tank, baby fish: It sounds like you are in some form of bother, I don t really know what the red faces could be other than some form of internal bleeding or a scratch, i have seen that in fish before, and as for the fungi that you mentioned, i totally recommend you to use...

Fish: Black Moor Eye Closed, black moor, aquarium salt
black moor, aquarium salt, salt concentration: Hi Angela; Goldfish don t have eyelids, so could it be that the eye is infected and/or covered with fungus? What color is the outside of where the eye is supposed to be? This could be an injury from fighting or scraping on something in the tank. Or,...

Fish: Black Moor Fish - Not eating amongst other problems, black moor fish, swim bladder
black moor fish, swim bladder, little swim: Hello Anita, Your black moor sounds like he has ich. Poor little guy. Pretty much all you can do is keep treating him. I use Rid Ich+ its the best stuff i have ever used before and it gets rid of the ich in just a few days. Im so sorry i couldnt be of any...

Fish: Black Moor Goldfish, sick!!, black moor goldfish, goldfish bowl
black moor goldfish, goldfish bowl, swim bladder: Breena, Your tank is way too small for him. Right now he has a swim bladder infection. Go to your local pet shop get tetracycline and medicate him. Do you have filtration on him you need to. He is going...

Fish: Black Moor - Lump, broad spectrum antibiotic, natural antibiotic
broad spectrum antibiotic, natural antibiotic, black moor: Sonya, Go back to your tetracycline treat the whole 7 days. Remove your carbon while treating. Then after the 7 days renew carbon and 30 % water change. After all this is over to prevent bacterial infection...

Fish: My Black Moor is limp and swimming funny, black moors, black moor
black moors, black moor, water conditioner: Hello Karina- Is the tank big enough for all of the fish? 5 gallons is the absolute smallest for this many fish...Your black moore could be experiencing ammonia poisoning if the tank is too small. I would recommend a full water change no matter how big...

Fish: Is My Black Moor Sick, black moors, bubbler
black moors, bubbler, water temp: Hello Kristine- This isn t really normal behavior if it is happening all the time. Do you have a filter for the tank? Do you have a bubbler/airstone? Goldfish and Black Moors produce a lot of ammonia and require a lot of dissolved oxygen in their water...

Fish: Black Moor seems ill, blow up film, black moors
blow up film, black moors, black moor: Hi Eva; If his eyes have a whitish coating over them I would suspect irritation, injury or infection. He may be getting bullied by the other goldfish or the algae eaters. Watch your fish for a few minutes from a distance (so they aren t responding to your...

Fish: Black Moor has been sick for over a week!, black moor fish, bladder disorder
black moor fish, bladder disorder, hospital tank: Hi Susie; It s probably swim bladder disorder aggravated by constipation. The good news is that fish affected with this problem don t seem to be in pain. They just can t swim properly. You are doing the right thing with the peas and the water changes. Withholding...

Fish: Black Moor-white on face, black moors, black moor
black moors, black moor, aquarium salt: Hello Mairin- Black moors are prone to getting diseases around their eyes. This white, raised patch may be Ich, or it may be a fungus. If it s fuzzy, then it is a fungus and should be treated with a fungicide from PETsMART or another petstore. If the patch...

Fish: Black Moor..., chopped spinach, neon tetra
chopped spinach, neon tetra, 20 gallon tank: Hi Cindy; Google needs a bigger tank. Goldfish are deep bodied messy guys and get 6 to 8 inches long, not counting their tails. Without enough room to move around they can t get enough exercise. They also prefer cooler temperatures and most of your other...

Fish: Black Moore compatibly, african dwarf frog, albino clawed frog
african dwarf frog, albino clawed frog, act of aggression: Good morning Ashley, thank you for your question. The first thing I would do is test the water with a test kit. Missing scales could be due to an act of aggression, but could also be related to the water quality. Ensure that 0 ppm of ammonia and nitrites...

Fish: Black Moore Goldfish, algae eaters, bottom feeder
algae eaters, bottom feeder, bottom feed: Hello Vicki- Bottom feeders and algae eaters will not hurt your moores at all. As long as all of your fish are disease-free and you keep up on your water changes, everything should be fine. Bottom feeders and algae eaters are good to keep in tanks, because...

Fish: Black Moore Goldfish, parasite killer, visible parasites
parasite killer, visible parasites, cloudy eyes: Hey vicki! if their whole eye is infected it could be from parasites, and i would suggest using something like MelaFix or some other parasite killer. u should look for any visible parasites in the tank to try to identify the cause and narrow down the treatment...

Fish: My Black Moore is sick., cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, couple of days: Hi Chloe, Have you been doing regular partial water changes? You need to change 25% of the water once a week, every week to keep your fish happy and healhty. Is there another fish in the tank, one that might be biting Bartlebe? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Black Moore, white arround eyes & Red eye, one eyes, arround
one eyes, arround, red eye: Hello, Im sorry about your moore. Many goldfish can develope cancer. This may be the case but without me being able to see it it is almost impossible for me to tell you. I would take the moore out of the tank and put it in a small 5 gallon and treat it in...

Fish: Black Moore, uncommon occurence, black moor
uncommon occurence, black moor, google: Good evening Jayne, Nicole Putnam here today, in Darryl s stead... Actually, this is not so rare a phenomenon! Go to Google.com and type the following keywords: black moor changing color This phrase will return lots of hits. You can also type in:...

Fish: Black Moors, ammonia tests, black moors
ammonia tests, black moors, fish store: Hi Ken; Great to hear from a fellow volunteer! I hope your experience has been a good one. I have been a volunteer with AllExperts for almost 5 years now and I really enjoy it. Your little fish may need a change in diet to help him feel better if you...

Fish: Black Moors, cichlid research, ammonia tests
cichlid research, ammonia tests, black moors: Hi Kenneth, Hmm... it s a bit hard to say from here. To be honest he could be sick but he also might not be. Many fish will at times sit perfectly still for awhile so that behavior alone wouldn t worry me. If you were me, I would take a watch and wait...

Fish: Black Moors, black moors, black moor
black moors, black moor, crossbreeds: Hello Sara- Ah, this is very very common in black moors nowadays. Many are not pure black moors, but crossbreeds and as they mature, they turn gold, like goldfish. There s nothing wrong with your little guy, however, the new color change will most likely...

Fish: Black Moors, inner ear problems, blood sugar problems
inner ear problems, blood sugar problems, black moors: Hi Kenneth; Black Moors, like other goldfish, live to be 10 years or more. They often change color too. It s just natural. What your gold one is most likely experiencing is intestinal gas. Goldfish often eat too fast for the food to become really saturated...

Fish: Black molly, black molly, fin rot
black molly, fin rot, melafix: Well almost 100% of the time it is from an unclean tank and tempurtures that are not steady and are moving up and down all the time. What i would start doing is 25% water changes weekly to remove uneaten food and waste. I do my water changes with a gravel...

Fish: Black moor, changing colors, black moors, black moor
black moors, black moor, tank mates: Hello Jessica- No worries about Spaz - Most black moors nowadays change colors, usually to gold or light gold. It comes with age and is perfectly normal. Eventually, he may go solid gold after a year or so passes. Enjoy your little guy! -Amber Worma...

Fish: Black moor, disease, white fungus, aquarium salt
white fungus, aquarium salt, fish stores: Hi Jade; Poor guy. It sounds like an internal infection of some kind. He is very sick indeed. The only medicine that I know of that can heal internal infections is called Maracyn Two . It s an antibiotic available in most fish stores. If you decide to...

Fish: Black moor fish, black moor fish, sturgeon fish
black moor fish, sturgeon fish, black moors: Hi Tracy- Poor little guy! The oranda was a good choice- Black moors and orandas seem to be close friends more often than not. How big is the sturgeon? It s not unlikely that your little guy is afraid, but give him a few weeks and he will probably come...

Fish: Black moor making bubbles?, black moor, tank syndrome
black moor, tank syndrome, blowing bubbles: Hi Cassie; If the cloudiness is a greenish color, it s algae. If it s whitish, it s from New Tank Syndrome. Here is my own web page about it; http://www.xanga.com/Expert_Fish_Help You didn t mention what size tank he s in. If it s smaller than ten...

Fish: Black moor, red eye ring, burst blood vessel, black moor
burst blood vessel, black moor, 10 gallon tank: Hi Ken, I used to have a black moore also and he had the same thing. It is common for a black moore to have an eye pop out or have a little redness. But keep watching it and if it gets worse than just write me back at tiefenbachben@yahoo.com and I can assist...

Fish: Black moor swimming/floating sideways???!!!, sunken battleship, swim bladder
sunken battleship, swim bladder, sponge filter: Hi Lyndall; It sounds like a digestive problem that is affecting his swim bladder. Here is a link to information about it and possible treatments; http://www.petplace.com/fish/when-your-fish-can-t-swim/page1.aspx# Your fish really do have another...

Fish: Black moor, black moor, aquarium salt
black moor, aquarium salt, gal tank: Hello Rhonda- This substance is probably a fungus of some sort, or it may just be debris from the tank. I would recommend treating the tank with a fungicide, just to be safe. Is she trying to rub it off? If so, the white stuff may be a kind of worm, and...

Fish: Black moore, fish toxins, fish tank
fish toxins, fish tank, new tanks: Hi Emily; A new tank has to go through what is called the break-in period and it can be very stressful on the fish. Toxins are rising in there and will be poisoning all the fish in the next couple of days. Ammonia and nitrite are the two first ones and...

Fish: Black moore, cichlid research, egg layers
cichlid research, egg layers, change colors: Hi Darren, Goldfish do not get pregnant as such, they are egg layers. It could be that your fish is maturing into its adult colors. Many fishes change colors as they mature. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Black pulled in fins, water quality issues, fish fins
water quality issues, fish fins, uneaten food: Good evening Andrea, thank you for your question. Clamped fins are a symptom of environmental disease, they often accompany an ich outbreak. Black fins usually signal ammonia presence in your tank. These symptoms are due to water quality issues, and water...

Fish: Black Smudge Disease, cichlid research, feeder fish
cichlid research, feeder fish, pet goldfish: Hi Jill, I am not familiar with Black Smudge disease. Fish often get a little black around the mouth when the mouth gets scraped up but it tends to go away quickly. The black around the eye is a little more peculiar. Personally, I would see if the black...

Fish: Black Spots and Brief Movement, partial water change, aquarium salt
partial water change, aquarium salt, chris robbins: Hi Andrew; Poor little gal. The black spots are probably caused by ammonia burns. It sounds like the vacation feeder caused an ammonia spike. Just let her rest and make a 25% partial water change every day or two to keep toxins low. The black spots will...

Fish: Black shell Snails in Fish Tank., black shell, fish tank
black shell, fish tank, fish bowl: Well snails do go dormant and don t move for a while thats what yours sound like they are doing. Also i have never heard of snails dieing from medicine. I would pick them up and see if they fall out of their shell then their dead, but if not they should be...

Fish: Black specks in tank, mystery snails, side fins
mystery snails, side fins, cory cats: Good evening Allison, thank you for your question. It sounds like your cory cat was in bad shape since the beginning. I would be especially wary if you purchased him from Walmart or Petsmart. Cories are considered scavengers by many, and a less than reputable...

Fish: Black spots, chris robbins, guppies
chris robbins, guppies, guppy: Hi Niki; Female guppies often develop black or grey in their tails as they mature. Males can develop new color too. Female guppies have a gravid spot at the underside back corner of their belly when they are developing babies inside. Here is a link to...

Fish: Black spots on female Betta, female bettas, fish lice
female bettas, fish lice, freshwater tanks: Hey Alycia, Sounds to me like a bit of black spot. Black spot is kinda disgusting to think about. What you see is cysts in the skin and muscles caused by a parasite in the fish resulting in black spots all over the body. There are commercial fixes for it...

Fish: Black spots?, parrot fish, chris robbins
parrot fish, chris robbins, nitrite levels: Hi Billy; You are quite welcome! Some parrot cichlids get dark spots kind of like freckles as they get older, but if they are more like smudges and came on rather quickly, it s scabs and should heal just fine. Hope he is back to himself soon..... ...

Fish: Black Telescope changed color!, anchor worms, source chemicals
anchor worms, source chemicals, fancy goldfish: Hi Tom; Goldfish change color over the course of their lives. It isn t anything to worry about. He is just an orange telescope instead of a black one now. If the worms you see are tiny white ones, they are totally harmless to your fish. They are planaria...

Fish: Blackening Fins, goldfish flakes, blank answer
goldfish flakes, blank answer, chris robbins: Hi Kathryn; The allexperts system is messed up today! I hope you didn t already get a blank answer from me. It told me I answered your question already (which I didn t) and then it disappeared. I found you again so now I can answer. Whew! Sorry about the...

Fish: BlackMoors need help, poor water quality, black moors
poor water quality, black moors, hearty appetite: I am not an expert on Black Moors, but I will tell you what I can. It is probably due to poor water quality, so buy test kits and test for nitrite, ammonia, and nitrate. The nitrite and ammonia should both be 0.0, if not do regular (every 4 days) water changes...

Fish: Blackmoor missing eyes, black moors, empty sockets
black moors, empty sockets, tank mates: Hello Angela - Whenever black moors lose their eyes it is a cause for concern. Check the filter to be sure the fish can escape the intake (the moor could have been trapped and had its eyes pulled out) and watch your fish as much as possible to be sure...

Fish: Blackmoor Telescope Fish, size tank, chris robbins
size tank, chris robbins, fish forum: Hi George; What size tank is he in? Does it have a filter? What kinds of foods do you feed him? Let me know as soon as you can...... Followups Welcome At Your Service; Chris Robbins Come on over and join us on the freshwater fish forum at...

Fish: Blackmoord, partial water change, tank syndrome
partial water change, tank syndrome, size tank: Hi Deborah; Poor fish. It may be a female but the most serious problems are overcrowding and New Tank Syndrome . The little tank is just too new for so many fish and goldfish are just not a good choice for that size tank anyway. Toxins from fish waste...

Fish: Bladder disease and missing fins?, broad spectrum antibiotic, black moor goldfish
broad spectrum antibiotic, black moor goldfish, swim bladder: Hi Brittany. Kudos to you for rescuing the fish from Walmart. I m against Walmart being allowed to sell fish, for reasons you re obviously aware of. But I m sorry to hear he s under the weather. If you do not already use aquarium salt, I would add a...

Fish: Blister on Albino Shark, cichlid research, blister
cichlid research, blister, shark: Hi Kobus, I m not sure what you mean by a blister. Is it a growth puffing out from inside the body or is it something attached to the outside of the body? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Bloated Belly and Nose Down, cichlid research, bloated belly
cichlid research, bloated belly, water changes: Hi Suzanne, Do you do regular water changes on his bowl? With a small bowl like that, with no filter, you need to change at least 50% of the water once a week or so. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Bloated Beta Fish, ammonia test, beta fish
ammonia test, beta fish, water changes: This is probably due to poor water conditions. Buy pH, nitrite and ammonia test kits. The nitrite and ammonia should both be 0.0, but if the tank is not filtered or cycled, it is probably over that. Do regular 30 percent water changes to get the nitrite...

Fish: Bloated Beta Fish, tiny chunks, beta fish
tiny chunks, beta fish, chris robbins: Hi Mindy; I use frozen peas. Just let one thaw out and pop it from it s little round shell. Break it into tiny chunks and feed. Canned ones are too processed and raw or dried ones would have to be cooked so there is enough moisture in them and they become...

Fish: Bloated Beta..., nitrates and nitrites, epsom salt
nitrates and nitrites, epsom salt, gallon heater: Hello Anna- Another woman with your exact question e-mailed me a few days ago, so I am going to use the answer I gave to her to help you help Jerry. I m very sorry to have to say this, but Jerry may have a case of Dropsy. Hopefully it s something else,...

Fish: Bloated Betta?, betta tanks, stress coat
betta tanks, stress coat, bettatalk: Hi Vanessa; Keep feeding the peas for a few days and no other foods. It may help if he has it for long enough. However, if he has been that way for a long time even after fasting and peas, it may be from a tumor or something. Not all tumors are cancerous...

Fish: Bloated Betta, time couple, best bet
time couple, best bet, gallon size: Hello Victoria- You sound like you ve been doing a great job caring for your little guy! About his belly...I wouldn t be too quick to rule out dropsy, since some fish can live up to a month without showing signs of illness (other than the bloating.)...

Fish: Bloated Betta??, male betta, bubble nest
male betta, bubble nest, chris robbins: Hi Sora; It sounds like constipation and it s affecting his swim bladder. Here are links to articles about it; http://www.petfish.net/kb/entry/12/332/ http://groups.msn.com/TheBettaObsession/constipation.msnw http://www.healthybetta.com/articles/Illness%20Diagonsis/constipation.html...

Fish: Bloated beta, peace lily, little chunks
peace lily, little chunks, blood worms: Hi Aaryn; He may be constipated. Get some frozen green peas and thaw one out. Pop it from it s tiny little round shell and feed him little chunks of it. Do this for a couple of days and feed no other foods but the peas. He may be too cold so he can t digest...

Fish: Bloated Cichlid, cichlid research, african cichlid
cichlid research, african cichlid, silver stripes: Hi Colleen, The trouble is that it could either be full of eggs or bloated -- the two look very much alike. The fact that it is eating well and swimming normally suggests that it may be full of eggs. In that case, there really isn t anything you need to...

Fish: Bloated Female Guppies, tank conditions, small tank
tank conditions, small tank, two females: Hey Prue, It sounds like the females are aborting their pregnancies, and the dead fry are either getting stuck inside her, or the stress of pregnancy in such a small tank is leaving them so unhealthy, moderate tank conditions are preventing them from recovering....

Fish: Bloated Leopard Danio Fish, fish bowl, leopard danio
fish bowl, leopard danio, aqarium: Hello, First of all, let me apologize for my [extremely] delayed response. This AllExperts thing lets you take vacations every now and then, but it doesn t tell you how to do it. So now I m answering 21 questions tonight. We ll start with you. :) ...

Fish: Bloated Tiger Barb, gal tank, chris robbins
gal tank, chris robbins, dropsy: Hi Jeff; He has a problem known as dropsy . It isn t a disease itself. It is a symptom. Here is more about it; http://badmanstropicalfish.com/articles/article24.html http://www.healthybetta.com/articles/Illness%20Diagonsis/dropsy.html (refers to...

Fish: Blood Parrot Chiclids, cichlid research, blood parrot
cichlid research, blood parrot, algae eaters: Hi Tara, Cichlids often change color when they are scared. If the other fish are substantially larger than the new fish then the new fish will not likely be okay in that tank. Cichlids are highly territorial and the old fish are not going to like...

Fish: Blood Parrot Cichlids, lateral line disease, copper level
lateral line disease, copper level, sea cure: Hi Kelly; Don t worry, I won t lecture you **grin**. Although the hybridized parrots are frowned upon generally, they still deserve to be cared for. Whatever is going on, the parrots are the least resilient fish in the tank so they will usually be the first...

Fish: Blood Parrots, cichlid research, algae eater
cichlid research, algae eater, plecostomus: Hi Patricia, I think you mean a plecostomus (a sucker mouth catfish, right). Keep in mind that your blood parrots will grow (and rather quickly too) so personally I wouldn t add any more fish to the tank. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Blood Parrots and Rams, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, cichlids: Hi Connor, I wouldn t put any rams in with parrot cichlids. You can almost count on it for sure that the parrots will eventually kill the rams. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Blood Parrots, lateral line disease, copper level
lateral line disease, copper level, sea cure: Hi Kelly, I am a bit surprised at the use of copper to treat this diease. I can t see how Lateral line erosion would benefit from copper, in fact the opposite seems likely to me. The trouble with lateral line disease (also called hole in the...

Fish: Blood Red Parrot Cichlid, red parrot cichlid, cichlid research
red parrot cichlid, cichlid research, green spotted puffer: Hi Cheryll, It is peculiar to me that someone would say that parrot cichlids are not aggressive -- yes, they are! But, at the same time, so is the puffer. Puffers can almost never be kept long term with other fish. They are active and cunning predators....

Fish: Blue Acara cichlids, blue acara, cichlid research
blue acara, cichlid research, hi matthew: Hi Matthew, If you want the blue acara babies to live, then yes, you need to not put other fish in there. If you put other cichlids or barbs in there, they will eat the babies. If you put things like tetras in there, the parent acaras will very likely...

Fish: Blue Acaras and Texas Cichlids, cichlid research, blue acara
cichlid research, blue acara, green terrors: Hi Srinivas, Blue acaras and green terrors are very different fishes. The best way to enhance the colors of a fish is to treat it well, feed it right and let it be comfortable in a good tank; it will then show its best colors. Growth is dependent...

Fish: Blue or Bolivian Rams?, peaceful community fish, bolivian rams
peaceful community fish, bolivian rams, neon tetras: Thank you for asking your question. It depends on what level of care you wish to supply. Blue Rams are far more colourful than Bolivian Rams, but are slightly more sensitive to water quality. They prefer soft, acidic water (with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0, but...

Fish: Our Blue betta is sick!, swim bladder, bladder disorders
swim bladder, bladder disorders, two different things: Hi Lori; It sounds like a combination of two different things. The most obvious symptoms (sinking, heavy breathing, darting to the top) are from failure of the swim bladder. Bettas must be able to take gulps of air from the top in order to breathe. Their...

Fish: Blue Cichlid, cichlid research, water change
cichlid research, water change, fins: Hi Adrian, That is too much water to change at once. Stick to less than 50%. Only time will tell if he can adjust to that much of a change. I wouldn t do anything more to aggravate him. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Blue Dempsey sluggish, cichlid research, expensive fish
cichlid research, expensive fish, bad fish: Hi Sean, That does sound very odd. It is possible that the little guy has some problems or that he got attacked at some point and is still recovering. That certainly isn t normal behavior. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Blue Flecks in Tank, excess nutrients, bottom feeder
excess nutrients, bottom feeder, clay pots: Good afternoon Karen, thank you for your question. The blue flecks you describe sound to me like they could be one of two things. First, it could be cyanobacteria. Not exactly algae, it is blue-green. It looks like the picture: http://www.malawicichlidhomepage.com/aquainfo/algae_erythromycin.html...

Fish: Blue Gourami lying sideways, blue gourami, chris robbins
blue gourami, chris robbins, gouramis: Hi Matthew; He is probably constipated and it is affecting his swim bladder. Below is a link to an excellent article about it. It is mainly regarding bettas, but gouramis and bettas are in the same family, anabantidae , so it calls for the same treatment....

Fish: Blue Gourami and Siamese FIghting fish, siamese fighting fish, female bettas
siamese fighting fish, female bettas, blue gourami: Hi Jonathan! Since gouramis and bettas are so closely related (both members of the Anabantoid family) I would be nervous about keeping two males together in the same tank. If you were to try it, I would have a backup plan in place, i.e. an individual tank...

Fish: Blue Gourami strange behaviour., male betta, angel fish
male betta, angel fish, small angel: Hello Jerrica- Gouramis can get very timid as they age. It s probably due to failing eyesight. I have one who will nearly crash through the glass anytime the lights go on. I can only say to keep up with the schedule he s used to, and maybe push the flakes...

Fish: Blue Gourmi, cichlid research, gourmi
cichlid research, gourmi, nerve damage: Hi Randy, Is it asymmetrical, i.e., only on the left front and not on the right front. Is it very distinctly edged but not in a way that matches the rest of the color pattern? If so, it sounds like nerve damage. We don t know how or why this happens...

Fish: Blue Oscar, cichlid research, feeder fish
cichlid research, feeder fish, gallon tank: Hi Stephanie, Yes, unfortunately, blue oscars are not that way naturally. I think pet stores should be forced to tell customers about things like ink injections before selling you a fish. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Blue Ram Cichlid and Krebensis Cichlid, cichlid research, bolivian rams
cichlid research, bolivian rams, tank mates: Hi Derek, Unfortunately it is not likely just a phase, rather it is quite normal for those fishes. Cichlids are territorial so they are going to fight. Hopefully it will be just a little. The good news is that fins grow back quickly and easily....

Fish: Blue Rams and compatability??, jack dempseys, community tank
jack dempseys, community tank, chiclid: Hi, Firstly, Jack Dempseys are territorial and intolerant with other fish, so most smaller fish will quickly be killed. Blue Rams fall into that category, growing to about 3 inches when fully grown. Jaguar Cichlids are similar. They are usually highly territorial,...

Fish: Blue Zebra Behavior, cichlid research, blue zebra
cichlid research, blue zebra, weird behavior: Hi Amber, Cichlids have very complex social lives so it could be potential mating behavior but it also could be the result of dominance, i.e., one fish asserting its dominance over another. Keep a close eye on them and see what happens. -- Ron ...

Fish: Botom Feeder - Pacasimis (sp?), cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, side fins: Hi Su, It is called a plecostomus. Losing a fin is very serious. Have you been doing regular weekly partial water changes? You should be changing 20% of the water in the tank once a week, every week. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Bottom eater with white spot on his nose, fish mollies, partial water changes
fish mollies, partial water changes, tank syndrome: Hi Shirley; Taking it to the fish store will only make him more stressed and could cause him to get even more sick. They are unlikely to want to do that anyway, for fear of infecting their other fish. If the spot looks like a white pin dot it could...

Fish: Bottom feeder behavior, cichlid research, whisper filter
cichlid research, whisper filter, bottom feeder: Hi Stacy, It sounds like things are quite normal for fish. Many fish like to jump, that is why it is essential to have a cover on a fish tank. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Bottom feeders for 55 gallon/ Irridescent shark, firemouth cichlid, blue gouramis
firemouth cichlid, blue gouramis, irridescent sharks: Hi Susan; The bristlenose will eat plants I m afraid. If you could find some large corys, they should do okay. (I was thinking your fish were bigger...sorry, been a long day)Just make sure they aren t small enough to be eaten. They have those pectoral spines...

Fish: Bottom heavy beta, blood gasses, swim bladder
blood gasses, swim bladder, bladder disease: Hi Erica; It sounds like swim bladder disease. The swim bladder is an organ inside the fish just below the spine. It fills with blood gasses to allow the fish to go up in the water and deflates to go down. When it fails, the fish usually sinks like yours...

Fish: Bought new fish, need help to care for them, red cap oranda, goldfish tank
red cap oranda, goldfish tank, gravel filter: Ok the goldfish tank is much to small really small if you have two orandas. I would get a 20 gallon tank maybe bigger if you want (you could add more fish that way). The reason that tank is too small is because a) Goldfish produce alot of waste which causes...

Fish: Bouncing Neons, nitrate levels, blackworms
nitrate levels, blackworms, guppies: Hey Alex, Well, you re neons are displaying a typical gravel-picking habit in which they pick at whatever material is between the rocks. The fish are hungry! If you feed them once a day, they ll typically do this less often. I feed my fish twice daily,...

Fish: Boy or Girl?, cichlid research, black mollys
cichlid research, black mollys, little fin: Hi Roxy, Mollies are livebearers meaning that the eggs are fertilized inside the female and then the babies come out live. In order to fertilize the eggs inside the female, the male has a penis-like structure called a gonopodium. Basically it is a modified...

Fish: Boy or Girl, water turtle, little fella
water turtle, little fella, chris robbins: Hi Sariah; Until your turtle matures and its shell gets to be about 4 across, you won t be able to tell the sex. Here is another site with that information as well as details on how to properly care for turtles in case you need that too; http://happyturtle.ms11.net/sexing.html...

Fish: Brackish h20 question, green spotted puffer, bala shark
green spotted puffer, bala shark, sweet dispositions: Hi Carmen; One teaspoon of salt per gallon is what he needs. (Yes, I did say one teaspoon PER GALLON!) This amount will not harm the other fish. Salt helps all fish fight disease. I use it in all my tanks no matter what kind of fish I have. Add more when...

Fish: Brand New Fish are Smelly, Brown, Puffy, and twitchy.., cichlid research, clue whats
cichlid research, clue whats, orange fish: Hi Mandii, Do you have a filter running in the tank? How long has the tank been set up? It is generally a good idea to set up the tank for at least a few days before you add fish, and then when you add fish, only add one or two at first to start it off....

Fish: Breeder fish/Needle Nose, cichlid research, bala shark
cichlid research, bala shark, needle nose gar: Hi LaRosa, A needle nose gar is a highly predatory fish. It will likely only eat fish. You can breed guppies or other small fish at home but the cost of doing so is going to be far higher than the cost of buying them. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Breeding, south american cichlids, breeding tetras
south american cichlids, breeding tetras, african cichlids: Hi Stacy; Tetras are egg scatterers and really aren t hard to breed. You have to have several adults and a spawning tank in addition to the tank they will live in the rest of the time. Cichlids aren t hard to actually breed, some just get very large,...

Fish: Breeding, cichlid eggs, cichlid research
cichlid eggs, cichlid research, flake food: Hi Juan, It sounds like cichlid eggs. The parents will be very protective when the eggs hatch and so they will attack any other fish that come near the kids. So, for that reason, you might want to remove the other fish from the tank. Other...

Fish: Breeding, high protein foods, chris robbins
high protein foods, chris robbins, bettas: Hi Asza; She has to be ready and she has to be willing. If she isn t, they just can t breed. To get her ready, it is important to keep her separated for a couple of weeks and feed her high protein foods to help her become full of eggs. The water in...

Fish: Breeding, tank mates, fish breed
tank mates, fish breed, quality foods: Hey Harley, This question needs a few more specifics. Freshwater? Saltwater? Brackish? What kind of puffer? In general, puffers are not too terribly different from regular fish, and breeding them requires lots of research, patience, and a really good breeder...

Fish: Breeding, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, killifishes: Hi Cara, A 3 to 5 gallon tank is pretty small to breed most fishes. There are some very interesting fish you can keep in such a tank, such as some of the killifishes or some of the small livebearers. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Breeding Angels, old angels, natural happiness
old angels, natural happiness, gallon tank: why? Ok , let them have their natural happiness , and let the fries in the same tank , soon they will be eaten by others , so it will be good for them , also try not to prevent them from adding a live , natural source of food to the other fishes . This...

Fish: Breeding Bettas, male betta, bubble nest
male betta, bubble nest, chris robbins: Hi Kevin; She isn t ready yet so he will probably kill her if you don t get her out of there. They need more conditioning time to be fully prepared for the task of spawning. Bettas in pet stores have often been through a great deal of stress moving from...

Fish: Breeding of betta fish, bubble nest, second tank
bubble nest, second tank, old tank: Hi Teneisha; If he is ready he will build the nest. He may not be feeling safe and established in his new tank yet. It is probably also still in the break-in period and that can make fish feel sick. Make a 25% water change every day for the next 3 days....

Fish: Breeding a Calico Moore, hometown aol, kyle adams
hometown aol, kyle adams, gal tank: Hi Kyle; Goldfish are egglayers and need to be with males in order to expel their eggs and for the eggs to be fertilized. The one gallon is not a safe size so she really should be returned to the regular tank. Goldfish need at least a ten gallon per fish,...

Fish: Breeding Chilids, female butterfly, chilid
female butterfly, chilid, rams: Hi Jordan, You probably don t want to read all the boring things I have to say about Chilids. Here is a website that will help you that I personaly love. As for telling the sex apart I m sorry but I would need to see a pic of the fish to determine. I hope...

Fish: Breeding Chilids, cichlid research, mouth ron
cichlid research, mouth ron, lake malawi: Hi Jordan, I assume that you got a male and a female? If so, you don t really have to do anything special to breed them -- they do it on their own. The key is to provide a good environment with clean water. How large are they? By the way,...

Fish: Breeding Chilids, dwarf cichlids, cichlid research
dwarf cichlids, cichlid research, pelvicachromis pulcher: Hi Jordan, In a ten-gallon tank, you definitely need to work with the smaller cichlids. Rams are one choice (either regular rams or Bolivian rams). You could also try butterfly cichlids (Anomalochromis thomasi) -- they come from West Africa. You might...

Fish: Breeding Demsys, firemouth cichlids, convict cichlids
firemouth cichlids, convict cichlids, south american fish: Hi Logan, Yes rainbows can breed in a 10 gallon tank. A 20 gallon would be better, but a 10 gallon will do it in a pinch. It would be best if you put a bunch of plastic plants in there to provide some hiding places for the female. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Breeding Green Terrors, blue ghost, fish business
blue ghost, fish business, community tank: Hi Ben, It is very possible that the eggs weren t fertilized properly and that is why the parents weren t guarding them normally. This is often a problem with first-time cichlid parents -- it seems to take some of them a few tries before they get it right....

Fish: Breeding of Guppies, chris robbins, guppy
chris robbins, guppy, babies: Hi Jessica; I suppose it s possible, but more likely that it has been hiding all this time and you found it in your search for the new ones. They can be very hard to see. She wouldn t be able to deliver them if they are too big. At Your Service; Chris...

Fish: Breeding green terrors, ron coleman, blue ghost
ron coleman, blue ghost, fish business: Hi Ben; I ve never bred green terrors myself but there really isn t anything you can do about the fish eating the eggs in a community tank. To keep them safe they need to be in their own space. You might ask Ron Coleman about this. He is a cichlid expert....

Fish: Breeding for hardiness in tetras, hardiness, tetras
hardiness, tetras, eveything: Hello Lynn, Many people have been complaning about this lately. There are many things we can do to breed it back into them. But, we have to make sure everything is ABSOLUTLEY PERFECT in the breeding tank. Many have been slacking on the way the breeding setups...

Fish: Breeding & Identifying the Sex of my fish, breeding goldfish, aqualandpetsplus
breeding goldfish, aqualandpetsplus, chris robbins: Hi Bec; Here are some pages about sexing and breeding goldfish; http://www.flippersandfins.net/goldfishfaq.htm#sexing http://www.petshub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11891 http://www.aqualandpetsplus.com/Live%20Food,%20Goldfish.htm http://mike-edwardes.members.beeb.net/Cauratus.html#7...

Fish: Breeding Jacks, tree roots, wrigglers
tree roots, wrigglers, certin: Hi Jeremy, If it were me, I would leave it at 80 indefinitely. They seem to be doing fine. Sometimes with Central Americans it takes them a few times to get it right. I wouldn t change anything. There really isn t anything that you can or should...

Fish: Breeding Mollies/Platies, sunset platy, breeding mollies
sunset platy, breeding mollies, baby mollies: Hello Meredith, Ok we ll start out with, Can platys and mollies cross breed? There has been a lot of controversy over this and the fact is that it could be possible but there is no proof, but yet the proof is at hand when poeple like you have babys and the...

Fish: Breeding Mollies, ramshorn snails, whisper filter
ramshorn snails, whisper filter, black molly: Hi Nit; It isn t really a good idea to plan on breeding fish in a community tank. The other fish will eat the babies. Even parents eat their own babies, but the other fish will stress out the mothers and cause more trouble than necessary. In nature, there...

Fish: Breeding Molly's, chris robbins, livebearers
chris robbins, livebearers, platy: Hi Brian; Look at the bottom back fin. In the male it s pointed and on the female it s fanned out and sort of crescent shaped. Here is a web page with images of a male and female platy to see the difference (the male is on the left). It s the same in mollies;...

Fish: Breeding mollies, breeding mollies, fish shops
breeding mollies, fish shops, several species: Hi. It is possible to breed Mollies without another tank. What other fish do you have and how big is your tank. There are several species of Molly but there are all from the same species, so I think the will breed. You need to buy a breeding net/trap for...

Fish: Breeding Neons, danio rerio, algae eaters
danio rerio, algae eaters, blue eggs: Hi Greg; You ve done everything I would have done, and more. Your knowledge probably surpasses mine in this area. You might want to post your question at the freshwater aquariums forum on About.com.; http://freshaquarium.about.com/ Here also are a few...

Fish: Breeding net, pregnant platy, elodea anacharis
pregnant platy, elodea anacharis, chris robbins: Hi Daniel; They usually have babies about 6 weeks after breeding, but we don t usually know when they actually get pregnant in the first place so it s hard to say. I would suspect that since you noticed she was ready to have babies just recently, it won...

Fish: Breeding Oscars, tiger oscars, cichlid eggs
tiger oscars, cichlid eggs, tiger oscar: Hi Leslie, Oscar eggs are unusual in that they are normally white, as opposed to the more clear color that many other cichlid eggs typically appear to be. So, they may all be perfectly fine. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Breeding oscars, cichlid research, males and females
cichlid research, males and females, wrigglers: Hi Joe, It really isn t up to you :) It s up to them. They are still a little young. An adult oscar is 12 inches or so in size though they might breed at half that size. Interestingly, you can t tell the males from the females. They are what we...

Fish: Breeding oscars, cichlid research, two females
cichlid research, two females, awile: Hi Allen, I would leave the eggs in there and let the parents try to take care of them. Oscars can be excellent parents. The eggs should hatch in about 4 days or so. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Breeding White Mountain Clouds, cichlid research, 2 females
cichlid research, 2 females, fat bellies: Hi Andrew, I have never tried to breed minnows. Most minnows are egg scatterers, meaning that there is no parental care. So, basically, just let them do their thing and keep an eye out for tiny fry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Breeding w/ mickey mouse fish, different kinds of fish, pectoral fins
different kinds of fish, pectoral fins, gonopodium: Hey Melissa, First off, Females do not have a gonopodium anal fin. What you re looking at is most likely the pectoral fins located just before the anal fin. In females, the anal fin is triangular shaped, and males have a gono. used for injecting sperm into...

Fish: Breeding, cichlid research, african cichlids
cichlid research, african cichlids, peacocks: Hi Logan, African peacock cichlids only need a reasonably sized tank (say 40 gallons or so) with some sand on the bottom. You need a male and several females. Be sure that you get females from the SAME species as the male -- the females of many species...

Fish: Broken Fin, liters of water, chris robbins
liters of water, chris robbins, fliter: Hi Charlotte; His fin isn t the problem I m afraid. The tank is just too small for him. Change his water every day until you can get him a bigger tank. Your fish sounds like a fancy type of black goldfish. All goldfish need lots of space and good filtration...

Fish: Brom Fish ( blue Gill), nitrite levels, true personalities
nitrite levels, true personalities, new tanks: Hi Dana; If you maintain the tank once a week and avoid overfeeding and overcrowding you don t need to mess with test kits. All aquariums need a 25% water change once a week. Vacuum the gravel once every 2 to 4 weeks. If the tank is newly set up, such...

Fish: Bronze Cory, yo yo loach, mystery snail
yo yo loach, mystery snail, plant pots: It is hard to say if it is a lack of cover or a water issue. Best way to find out is to have your water tested for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. Add a few more places for your cory to hide, clay plant pots work well (not used ones). I have a single...

Fish: Brooding Electric Yellow Cichlid, cichlid research, gallon aquarium
cichlid research, gallon aquarium, new tank: Hi Juanita, I m sorry, I misread your question. Yes, you are much safer as the father is one of the electric yellows with a darker stripe. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Brown algae, cichlid research, little blue fish
cichlid research, little blue fish, brown algae: Hi Donnie, Actually algae is a normal part of a healthy fish tank and nothing to worry about. In fact, algae is good for the fish -- they often eat it. A fish tank shouldn t be a sterile environment. All wild habitats have algae. I wipe it off the front...

Fish: Brown algee, 30 gallon tank, nitrates water
30 gallon tank, nitrates water, brown algae: Good evening Dana, thank you for your question. Brown algae occurs in newer tanks and also in tanks with low light and oxygen conditions. The two in conjunction appear to be the perfect recipe for brown algae. What I would do is change out the bulb...

Fish: Brown stains, frequent water changes, tank syndrome
frequent water changes, tank syndrome, brown stains: Hi Ricky; The brown is simply a form of algae. It isn t harmful, just ugly. Just wipe it off and do more frequent water changes. Remove 25% twice a week and see if that improves things. The water changes removes the fish waste that the algae feeds on. ...

Fish: Brownish Algae, algae killer, brown algae
algae killer, brown algae, algae eaters: Brown algae is common and shouldn t be too big of a worry. If you have a pleco or Chinese algae eater, eventually they will get around to eating it, but it s not their favorite. If you don t have any algae eaters at all, consider a bottle of algae killer at...

Fish: BUBBLE HEAD FISH, fancy goldfish, head fish
fancy goldfish, head fish, strange fish: Hi Kelly; You have a Bubble-Eye Goldfish . They are one of the fancy varieties of goldfish that needs a bit of special care to stay healthy. The stringy poop you are seeing is from digestive trouble. The bubbles are just gas. Sorry to disappoint you that...

Fish: BUBBLE ON THE SIDE, cichlid research, betta fish
cichlid research, betta fish, sik: Hi Betta Lover, It could be either a parasite or a tumor, neither of which are good. I don t know of anything that you can do for either of those. Sorry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: BUBBLES!!!, cichlid research, dwarf puffers
cichlid research, dwarf puffers, african frogs: HI Ashley, The bubbles are telling you that you need to do a lot more water changes. Normally the bubbles would just pop when they hit the surface, but you have so much excess protein (nitrogen in one form or another) in the water that it forms a little...

Fish: Bubble-Eye Goldfish Has Discolored Sac, bubble eye, tank water
bubble eye, tank water, power filter: Hi Shannon; He may be injuring himself or rubbing it on something and causing irritation. I have never opened one to allow draining so I really can t advise on that. It may not help and it could allow more infectious pathogens inside there. Or, it could...

Fish: Bubble Eyed Goldfish, bubble eyed goldfish, flake food
bubble eyed goldfish, flake food, good appetite: Hello Sabrina - A good appetite is a sign your fish are healthy - A fish that s eating like a pig is feeling great and disease free. Two times per day is just fine, don t overfeed them just because they wolf down their food. Many fish won t stop eating...

Fish: Bubble eye fish problem, fish problem, bubble eye
fish problem, bubble eye, empty tank: Hi It is very sensitive , and it should be kept in an empty tank in order not to damage the bubbles , so to keep them safe try to empty the tank from any gravel or rocks or any thing might harm them , Try to add some antibiotics to the water the...

Fish: Bubble fish, goldfish info, bubble fish
goldfish info, bubble fish, bubble eye: Hi Jessica; I m assuming by bubble fish that you mean a Bubble-Eye Goldfish. Unless it s breeding season you may not be able to tell a boy from a girl. The males (boys) sometimes get white dots on their gill plates and bottom front fins when ready to...

Fish: Bubbles, dwarf puffers, african frogs
dwarf puffers, african frogs, baby guppies: Ashley, The first thing you did is kill your ecosystem by changing the gravel. You took out most of your bacteria.I have no idea what a bubble screen is.All them bubbles are is a build up of oxygen. Get...

Fish: Bubbles on top of tank, frequent water changes, litmus paper
frequent water changes, litmus paper, lots of bubbles: First of all, before adding fish, you will need to cycle your tank. Read about the cycling process (aka the nitrogen cycle) here: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=2678&page=1&pp=10 The bubbles are probobly from the lack...

Fish: Bubbles on the top of our tank, male guppies, rainbow shark
male guppies, rainbow shark, cherry barbs: Hi Heather; The bubbles indicate high ammonia levels from fish waste. The water changes will help, but you really need to reduce the fish load or you are going to lose them. There are too many fish in there to get it started safely. You should start a new...

Fish: Bubbley eye on beta, beta fish, little tank
beta fish, little tank, fish tank: Hi Hailee; I think they need a bigger tank. He may have injured himself from being in too small a tank. Each fish needs about 2 liters to have enough room. Change all the water at least once a week with water that is the same temperature as the old water....

Fish: Bugs in our tank., cucumber slices, fish tank
cucumber slices, fish tank, sucker fish: Good afternoon, Lacie. I happened to be online when your question popped up, so let me write back right away in case you are still online also. Bugs in the tank are not harmful themselves. What is worrisome is why they are there in the first place. Flatworms...

Fish: Building A Community Tank, pictus catfish, cichlid research
pictus catfish, cichlid research, community tank: Hi Andrew, That s really impossible for me to say ... there are so many interesting fish. Personally, I like cichlids and catfish, but you have to keep in mind that many of the cichlids are highly territorial and don t play well with other fish, so I...

Fish: Bulging eyes in new bloodfin tetra, fresh water aquarium, bloodfin tetra
fresh water aquarium, bloodfin tetra, nitrate levels: Mary, It sound like cornybacteriosis.... more commonly known as popeye... go get maracyn two and medicate him before his eyes pop out. Even if they do or one does they can acclimate to this. This is more...

Fish: Bulgy Eyes, fancy goldfish, chris robbins
fancy goldfish, chris robbins, gallon tank: Hi Danlelle; It sounds like pop-eye. There are different causes and different treatment options. Here is a page about it; http://www.aquamaniacs.net/forum/cms_view_article.php?aid=17 I hope he feels better soon..... At Your Service; Chris Robbins...

Fish: Bullied Fish???, gold fish bowl, goldfish bowl
gold fish bowl, goldfish bowl, hospital tank: Hello Andy, Goldfish can be bullies, I own two goldfish that fight daily. If you still have your gold fish bowl, i would turn it in to a hospital tank. Basically what you re going to do is set it up and move your little goldfish into it. Every, 3 to 4...

Fish: Bully Auratus, cichlid research, african cichlids
cichlid research, african cichlids, tail fins: Hi Brandon, If the smaller fish are still getting bitten then I would say that you need to add yet more structure because clearly the structure that you have (plants, caves) is not enough. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Bully Fish, zebra danios, cory cats
zebra danios, cory cats, upper tank: Hi Pauline; Your best solution is to give the aggressive one away. Donate him back to the fish store or even get him his own little tank. The 5 gallon is already overcrowded and adding more fish will be fatal to them all eventually. You might consider adding...

Fish: Bully fish etc.., new comet, fish attack
new comet, fish attack, calico fantail: hello sammy! some fish are just mean and tend to attack the other fish. it ussually is because they seem they arent as bigs as the opther fish or as powerful so they take off their aggession on other fish in the tank.iam not really sure what you can do to...

Fish: Bumpy Head Diease, african cichild, red devil
african cichild, red devil, water change: Melonie, Sometime males develope a lumps on their head when they are ready to breed. If it turns colors or especially white medicate with tetracycline. They could be bites. Especially if they are white. Red...

Fish: Buying new fish, cichlid research, peppered catfish
cichlid research, peppered catfish, types of fish: Hi Quin, You might consider some rams or one of the other small cichlids. A betta is also a possibility as are dwarf gouramis. Any of those would be great. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: babies, baby brine shrimp, main tank
baby brine shrimp, main tank, giving birth: Hi. It takes 3 or 4 weeks for her to give birth. She will be very large and will seem stressed and may burrow into the gravel when she is giving birth. She will eat her babies so either put her in the breeder and remove her as soon as the fry are born, or...

Fish: What to do when babies arrive., black mollies, neon tetras
black mollies, neon tetras, first tank: Hi Miguel; Live bearing fish such as mollies and platies will all have babies about every 4 weeks. Add lots of live plants and other decorations for the babies to hide in if you want to let nature take it s course. It is very normal for them to be eaten,...

Fish: babies and female bettas, fish bowls, tank mates
fish bowls, tank mates, tank syndrome: Hi Shannon; If the spots look like salt specks, it is ick. Get a regular ick remedy. If it is just simply white fuzzy stuff or slimy looking, use a product called BettaMax . It is made specifically for Bettas. Keep her as warm as possible. Her immune...

Fish: is she having babies or not, cichlid research, egg layers
cichlid research, egg layers, having babies: Hi Anzara, That is a good question. It could be that she is going to lay eggs or it could be that she has some sort of problem. Time will tell. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: babu guppies, baby guppies, well balanced diet
baby guppies, well balanced diet, chris robbins: Hi Mell; Maturity rates vary depending on genetics, space provided, diet, care, water quality, etc. Baby guppies become sexually mature at about 4 months and grow to adult size anywhere from 6 months to a year old. They will fill out, get more color, and...

Fish: baby acne on, iridescent sharks, baby acne
iridescent sharks, baby acne, fish store: Hi Gary; It sounds like a parasite called ich . Raise the water temperature to 83 by turning up the heater. Let it slowly rise and be sure to watch it carefully so it doesn t go up too high. Get a remedy for ich at your local fish store. You need one that...

Fish: baby black mollies, local fish stores, aquarium setup
local fish stores, aquarium setup, chris robbins: Hi Maria; Contact your local fish stores and see if they will take them. They may require them to be a certain minimum size and many stores will give you a small store credit in exchange. Keep in mind that they are worth more the bigger they get. You...

Fish: baby cichlids, cichlid research, best bet
cichlid research, best bet, gallon tank: Hi Shirley, Many species of cichlds will protect very young babies but after a few weeks, the kids are usually on their own. Their best bet is to find a good hiing spot, such as amongst rocks or stones, until they can grow large enough not to be eaten....

Fish: baby cichlids, baby brine shrimp, gallon fish tank
baby brine shrimp, gallon fish tank, cichlid research: Hi Debbie, It sounds like they were just hatched quite recently. What kind of cichlids do you have in the tank? Putting them in the breeder box is a good idea. You might also try feeding them frozen baby brine shrimp (put a cube in some warm water...

Fish: baby cichlids, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, flake food: Hi Lori, You really don t have to do that much. Start feeding them with some small flake food and ideally some baby brine shrimp. You can buy frozen baby brine shrimp or if you want, you can buy the eggs and hatch out baby brine shrimp yourself. ...

Fish: more fire mouths, feeder goldfish, american cichlids
feeder goldfish, american cichlids, species tank: Hi Tegan, If the fry are small enough to be eaten, then they probably will be, I m afraid. I would wait until they at least grow larger than the mouths of their siblings. If you feed them often (I usually fed mine 4x a day) they will grow fast, so you won...

Fish: baby fish, frequent water changes, adult fish
frequent water changes, adult fish, different kinds of fish: Hi Kelly; The fish would both have to be the same kind in order for them to breed together. The bigger one is probably a platy or a swordtail female that had babies. They are livebearers and can store the sperm from a male for up to year. This means the...

Fish: baby fish, partial water changes, tank syndrome
partial water changes, tank syndrome, fish waste: Hi Caroline; The babies will hide pretty well, as you have seen already. You could move them to another smaller tank if you want them all to survive. Provide lots of hiding areas. Live plants are very good for babies because they provide little tiny micro-organisms...

Fish: about baby fish, cichlid research, baby fish
cichlid research, baby fish, fish tank: Hi Merlyn, You have a few choices. You can try to catch all the babies and put them in a separate fish tank. Or, you can let nature take its course and only the strongest babies (namely those that hide the best and swim the fastest) will survive. The...

Fish: baby fish, cichlid research, baby fish
cichlid research, baby fish, swordtail: Hi Jen, I would keep them apart until they are clearly too large to be eaten by the other fish in the tank. The second question is easy: you can t. The female stores sperm so once she has mated she can continue to produce babies for quite awhile...

Fish: baby fish, baby fish, neons
baby fish, neons, gravel: Is there any other type of fish in your tank? You may be feeding them to much, Do you have gravel on the bottom? is it in it? Is your filters holes big enough to suck a neon into? If theres other fish, chances are it was eaten. Give me a bit more information...

Fish: baby fish, orange colors, natural sunlight
orange colors, natural sunlight, baby fish: Hi Rosalie; Koi and goldfish fry start out as a rather blah color such as brown or grey at first so they aren t eaten by predators, or even by their own parents. This is only in the beginning of the first season though. In a few weeks they usually grow...

Fish: baby fish, cichlid research, texas cichlid
cichlid research, texas cichlid, brine shrimp: Hi Mark, I leave the kids in with the parents for 3 to 4 weeks. After that it is usually a good idea to take them out. In the meantime, feed them crushed flake food, or better yet, frozen brine shrimp. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: baby fish, 55 gallon tank, baby fish
55 gallon tank, baby fish, platies: separate the babies now get the ones with white spots into their own tank so the disease doesn t spread. This sounds like ich and to treat will be very hard so separate the ill from non-ill so when you treat the ill it won t possibly kill your fish. I would...

Fish: baby fish, baby fish, flake
baby fish, flake, fry: Hey Braedon. you have talked to me before. Fish eat their own yong, so there may have been more babies, but they were eaten by their parents. i would take out any fry and put them in a bowl. They can eat normal flake fish food, just make sure you crumple them...

Fish: baby fish, baby fish, chris robbins
baby fish, chris robbins, sure what type: Hi Laura; Congratulations! You must have some livebearers such as platies, mollies, swordtails or guppies. If your provide plenty of places for the babies to hide in they may be able to live in the same tank. The chances are you will lose some though,...

Fish: baby goldfish, cichlid research, color cells
cichlid research, color cells, baby fish: Hi Molly, Most baby fish start out pretty much the same. It s a tan color but in that tan will be color cells known as chromatophores. They start out small and get larger and more numerous as the fish gets older. So, fish which will end up being dark bodied...

Fish: baby guppies, baby brine shrimp, little swimmers
baby brine shrimp, little swimmers, bushy plant: Hey Dawn, Sorry no one else got back to you sooner, but I happen to breed my guppies! Guppies generally don t attack their young like other livebearers, but they will if they feel like it. Keeping your fry (baby guppies) in the breeder net for atleast...

Fish: baby guppies, adult fish, exact measurement
adult fish, exact measurement, chris robbins: Hi Stacy; Baby guppies are pretty small at birth. They can be eaten by the adult guppies, including the mother. I really don t have an exact measurement for you. Once they reach a size that is aproximately double their birth size they can be put in the...

Fish: baby guppies biting male guppie, baby guppies, male guppies
baby guppies, male guppies, algae eater: Hi Ann Marie; He will need to be by himself, at least until he heals up from the wounds. The other fish are often attracted to open wounds or torn fins where blood and other body fluids will come out. You may not see it but the other fish know it s there....

Fish: baby guppies, yolk sac, fish food flakes
yolk sac, fish food flakes, flake food: Hello Dustin- I don t know much about baby fish...They re born with a yolk sac that provides food for a while. If I was in your place, I d feed the babies ground up flake food, but I really can t say if they d eat it. Anything powdered is a good bet. ...

Fish: baby mickey mouse platies, baby mickey mouse, mickey mouse platies
baby mickey mouse, mickey mouse platies, blue gourami: Hi Ashley; Platies and other livebearers can have babies every 30 to 60 days. It s quite normal. Keep the tank very clean so she has a better chance of staying healthy. It will make all your fish stronger and your babies grow faster. Replace 25% of the...

Fish: baby mollies, baby brine shrimp, flake food
baby brine shrimp, flake food, baby mollies: Hi, If you want the fry to have the best chance of survival, yes, separate them. The mother and other adults will eat the fry if left with them. You can buy breeding nets from local fish shops which will float on top of the tank. Feed the offspring with...

Fish: baby oscar with clamped top fin, live brine shrimp, blood worm
live brine shrimp, blood worm, wild oscar: Hi A. As for the HITH or Fluke question, i cant help you on that without a picture. I assume you know what Ich looks like, so make sure the white spot isnt ich. As for the tank, I would move them to the 120 gallon tank now, to give them more room....

Fish: baby oscar is sick, tank syndrome, aquarium filter
tank syndrome, aquarium filter, new tank: Hi Twyla; How long has the tank been set up? How big is the tank? What is the water temperature? If the tank has been set up for less than 6 to 8 weeks you will need to make some water changes to get the New Tank Syndrome toxins down to a tolerable...

Fish: baby zebra danios, baby zebra, zebra danios
baby zebra, zebra danios, baby fish: Hi Brittany; Congratulations! They must be cute! Danios really aren t hard to breed. It s just unusual to see any babies survive in such a small tank. They are usually eaten because they can t get away from the adults. You could put the babies in a jar...

Fish: bad eye cichlid, peacock cichlid, cichlid research
peacock cichlid, cichlid research, bad eye: Hi Curtis, Most likely the eye was bitten by another fish. Could that be a possibility? If so, it should heal in a few days provided that it isn t bitten again. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: bad swordtail, happy fish, breeding fish
happy fish, breeding fish, swordtails: Hello Kristine, Bettas and Swordtails often dont get along at all, they can fight an harass each other often. I would recomend getting another angel, so it will have a partner, and i would recomend getting a seperate tank for your bettas. Bettas fins are...

Fish: bala shark!, bala shark, bala sharks
bala shark, bala sharks, tropical fish food: Ok well if you want to get a bala shark here is what you will need to keep and maintain a bala shark tank. A heater rated for your size tank, an 80 gallon tank, gravel, a filter rated for your size tank, tropical fish food, light/hood, plants decor., and the...

Fish: bala sharks, water test kit, bala sharks
water test kit, bala sharks, poor water quality: Good evening Paul, thank you for your question. Bala sharks are indeed schooling fish, but to keep three together you ll need a bigger tank than a 55 gallon. Even if these are the only fish you have in there, your tank will be overstocked when they reach...

Fish: bala sharks, bala sharks, vertical position
bala sharks, vertical position, shark: This information you have given me sounds like the same thing that happened to my Bala-Sharks. It could be possible that they are trying to mate, but the chances of it working could be slim as they do require special treatments when they are pregnant and how...

Fish: bala sharks, bala sharks, bala shark
bala sharks, bala shark, tetra neon: Hi Daniela; Hmmm. That doesn t sound good. What does the ball look like? Fuzzy? smooth? Lumpy? What color is it? How big? Could it be something hanging out of his mouth? You didn t mention what size tank they are in but Balas get to be over a foot long....

Fish: bala sharks, bala sharks, bala shark
bala sharks, bala shark, algea eater: Hi Juanita; He is probably lonely. Bala sharks are schooling fish. Keep in mind that bala sharks get 10 to 12 inches long and need plenty of room to swim. Make sure you have a big enough tank if you decide to get more. They can be pretty hyper too so keep...

Fish: ball or cyst on my beta tail fins, fungus growth, tail fins
fungus growth, tail fins, pimafix: If the ball was under his gills I d say yes, he was constipated. But it sounds like he might have some kind of bacteria or fungus growth on his tail. Does he still eat? I d suggest going to the store and picking up some Melafix and seeing if that medication...

Fish: my balla sharks died within 1day of a normal water change, tiger oscars, 30 gallon tank
tiger oscars, 30 gallon tank, stress coat: Hello Shane, The Fish probably have ick. Oscars are very tough fish and have a great immune system to put up with the deseases like ick. Balla Sharks on the other hand are not. They could be both males and could be fighting, therefore causing themselves to...

Fish: ballom molly, balloon molly, bladder problem
balloon molly, bladder problem, tea spoon: Hi If she it could be pregnancy , an d due to lack of proper feeding elements it could be harmful to here , If he it could be swimming bladder problem , as an internal infection , In both cases try to add salt to the water 1 tea spoon to each gallon...

Fish: balloon molly, balloon molly, balloon mollies
balloon molly, balloon mollies, black molly: Audrey, Go get your water tested or test it. Check your ammonia and nitrite levels. You never know how old they are when you get them either.A normal molly only live 2 to 3 yrs. These guys are a crossbreed...

Fish: how do balloon molly fish mate?, balloon mollies, balloon molly
balloon mollies, balloon molly, molly fish: I cannot find a picture, I assume because they are usually secretive and hide while mating, they do not usually do it right at the front of the tank. They will take it in turns to sort of go on top of each other while mating. I have not heard of the tail flicking...

Fish: balloon molly question, balloon mollies, balloon molly
balloon mollies, balloon molly, best of luck: They will usually, in private, take it in turns to go on top of each other basically while mating. It is usually, as I said, done in private, so you may not notice. Remember, Mollies are livebearers, so she shall not lay eggs, but give birth to live young....

Fish: barb spits out food!, gold barbs, 30 gallon tank
gold barbs, 30 gallon tank, tiger barbs: Hi Ruth; He may need to be isolated and watched for awhile. Sometimes fish develop infections or even tumors that prevent them from being able to swallow their food. Set up a little 5 gallon tank with some of your big tank s water, a heater, an airpump...

Fish: barbs,angelfish,gouramis,silver dollars, cherry barb, kissing gourami
cherry barb, kissing gourami, butterfly fish: Hi Adan; Barbs are fine in 75 to 82 degrees, so I don t think that s it. I really don t know what the problem is. You might pose the question on our freshwater fish forum. Perhaps another expert there can help...... http://forums.about.com/ab-freshaquaria/start...

Fish: bata fish, fin and tail rot, chris robbins
fin and tail rot, chris robbins, msnw: Hi Marc; It sounds like fin and tail rot. Here are web pages about it; http://groups.msn.com/TheBettaObsession/finrot.msnw http://www.healthybetta.com/articles/Illness%20Diagonsis/finrot.html I hope he feels better soon.... At Your Service; Chris...

Fish: baut minnows, cichlid research, 10 gallon tank
cichlid research, 10 gallon tank, time ron: Hi Breanna, They should be able to survive, although a 10 gallon tank is pretty small for them. You can feed them regular fish food for tropical fish and they should be fine. You don t need to get water from their natural habitat. Regular water, provided...

Fish: beeding chilids, chilids, cat fish
chilids, cat fish, fry: Malawi cichlid hold the fry in their mouth for 2-4 weeks. They hatch in a week and then absorb the next week. She won t eat during it. She ll spit them out before 4 weeks with other fish in the tank. If not, you have a problem (as well as her). She ll fight...

Fish: beeta fish, betta breeding tips, bubble nest
betta breeding tips, bubble nest, chris robbins: Hi Ramiro; It means they aren t ready to spawn yet. The female has to be kept separated from the male unless they are actually ready to spawn. The male must have a bubble nest prepared and the female must have a belly full of eggs first. Condition them...

Fish: behavior, chris robbins, fish forum
chris robbins, fish forum, gallon tank: Hi Gina; She is probably too cold. Bettas are tropical fish that need to be 75 or higher all the time. Especially as they get older (over a year). Get a desk lamp and direct it at the bowl. This should help. It will have to be on 24 hours a day. If the...

Fish: behavior, cichlid research, african cichlids
cichlid research, african cichlids, cloudy eye: Hi Anne, Most likely she is being chased or bothered by some of the other fish. Are you seeing any evidence of this? The other possibility is that nothing is wrong: many cichlids will do the up and down the wall thing if they think there is any chance...

Fish: behaviour, oxygens, water fall
oxygens, water fall, buggers: Hi Vicky, I think odd would be a bit of an understatement concerning your fish. I had the same problem with my pond a few years ago (long beaked birds). Your fish is obviously very stressed at the moment. As you would probably know if you have kept...

Fish: i believe my tetra is pregnant, fish forum, chris robbins
fish forum, chris robbins, breeding tetras: Hi Carrie; Tetras are egglayers and need a male with them when they spawn in order for the eggs to be fertile. Here are details on how to help them be successful; http://tropical-fish.net/tetras/breeding_tetras.htm http://www.fishtanksandponds.com/breeding/breeding_tetras.htm...

Fish: my beloved betta Simmons, water conditioner, bettas
water conditioner, bettas, top notch: Hello Emily- All the symptoms you ve listed sound like Simmons has been exposed to a draft. I had the exact same thing happen to my betta, Blu, after my dad moved him near the air conditioning vent and his water temperature dropped to about 60 F (brr, chilly!)...

Fish: are there beneficial bac.i can buy?cloudiness will not go away, old tank, kind of fish
old tank, kind of fish, chris robbins: Hi Tony; What kind of fish are they? How big exactly? How often do you change water? What kind of foods do you feed? Hoe often do you feed? How long is the food in the tank before the fish eat it all? What kind of filter? How often do you clean...

Fish: bent backed sturgeon, goldfish info, tank syndrome
goldfish info, tank syndrome, black moor: Hi Ian; Poor guy. He s being poisoned by New Tank Syndrome toxins and lack of oxygen. It s causing muscle spasms. You have too many fish in there to get it through the break-in without serious illness or death. Make a 25% water change every day for the...

Fish: "bent" platie, vitamin c deficiency, platies
vitamin c deficiency, platies, electrical shock: Hi Cathryn. a bent spine can come from vitamin C deficiency or injury. You should mix up the fishes diets with deferent kinds a foods and flakes. Also, electrical shock can cause this. The source probably a faulty heater or pump. You should check to make...

Fish: best housing for a bett?, male bettas, fish tanks
male bettas, fish tanks, gallon tanks: Hello Sherri- The bettas should be just fine with the types of fish you have mentioned, as long as the tank is not overcrowded. Be sure to watch them for the first 24 hours, however, and be sure to provide plenty of hiding places for all the fish. Sorry...

Fish: my bestas, tank divider, bottled spring water
tank divider, bottled spring water, new aquarium: Hello Beth- Your bettas are probably fighting with each other, which is why their fins appear to be shortening. Males and females should not be kept together except for when they are being bred, which should only be a max of 2 days. Otherwise, the female...

Fish: my beta, chris robbins, swallowing air
chris robbins, swallowing air, tank water: Hi Ashley; He is probably swallowing air when he eats his food. With the air in his belly he can t stay upright. Sometimes too much air is in the food itself. Or, the food is too dry when he eats it. Try soaking the food in a little bit of his tank water...

Fish: beta, betta, pellets
betta, pellets, hard time: Hello Veronica- Your betta may be having a hard time chewing the pellets. Try crushing them before feeding - It may make it easier for him to eat. It s also possible that your betta just dislikes the taste. There s not much you can do here, but keeping...

Fish: beta, heathy, water changes
heathy, water changes, expo: I know what you are tallking about it sounds like it has been poisoned from the spray. I would get a filter with carbon and that should maybe take the toxins out of the water. Also don t forget to do weekly water changes because you can have a heathy aqurium...

Fish: my beta, black mystery snails, hospital tank
black mystery snails, hospital tank, good appetite: Lee, Great job on keeping your Betta in a proper home! When my Betta get sick I typically put them in a 2 gallon hospital tank for this exact reason {they also have black mystery snails in their normal tanks}. So, to answer your question, yes - it s probably...

Fish: beta, fish lice, betta tanks
fish lice, betta tanks, aquarium salt: Hi Catherine; It may be a bacterial infection or a fungus and algae has become trapped in the material that is growing. Here are two web pages to help you recognize which one it could be; http://tinyurl.com/2luc94 http://www.fishjunkies.com/Diseases/columnaris.php...

Fish: beta, swim bladder, chris robbins
swim bladder, chris robbins, betta: Hi Wendy; He may have a swim bladder malfunction or constipation. Here is a site that can tell you more about both; http://www.petfish.net/articles/Bettas/swimbladder_betta.php I hope he feels better soon.... At Your Service; Chris Robbin...

Fish: my beta, chris robbins, water conditioner
chris robbins, water conditioner, old water: Hi Amanda; First change his water. Be sure the new water is the same temperature as his old water and use a water conditioner. Then, give me a bit more information about him and his bowl; How long have you had him? How big is his bowl? How often do...

Fish: my beta, zebra danios, peaceful fish
zebra danios, peaceful fish, white clouds: Hello Ashley- Sorry for the long wait! Your question never showed up and I just now saw it needed answering! Betta fish get along well with zebra danios, white clouds, some types of gourami, rasboras, and other streamlined, schooling or peaceful fish....

Fish: beta, cichlid research, bulge
cichlid research, bulge, fins: Hi Pana, Unfortunately there isn t much you can do if it is a tumor. Basically, all you really can do is wait and see what happens. Sometimes these things will just be there but not actually hurt the fish. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: beta, stress coat, aquarium salt
stress coat, aquarium salt, orange slice: Hey Amy, Betta, with all fish, are reliant on their stress coat to cope with trying times. Because your kids over fed him and introduced a large amount of toxins like ammonia, his stress coat deteriorated. Without any ability to fight off problems, added...

Fish: beta, cichlid research, beta fish
cichlid research, beta fish, baby bits: Hi Veronica, Did you just get this fish? New fish often do that as a way to taste new food. Basically, your fish hasn t had that food before and it is tasting it to see if it is okay to eat. This will likely stop after a week or so. -- Ron ...

Fish: beta, mysis shrimp, epsom salt
mysis shrimp, epsom salt, fish tanks: Hi Carrie, I see. Is there a heater in use? Perhaps the biggest benefit of having an aquarium instead of a bowl, is that there is room for a heater. A 5 gallon tank requires only a 25 watt heater. It s very important for a betta - any tropical fish, really,...

Fish: beta blindness, maracyn two, female fish
maracyn two, female fish, reflection of light: Hi Rashid; It doesn t sound good I m afraid. It could be any number of things. Infection, aneurysm, tumor, toxin poisoning, internal injury, etc. Internal infection can be treated with Maracyn Two . It absorbs inside the fish to get where infection is....

Fish: beta is bloated/popped eye/slow/"bent", little fella, filtration system
little fella, filtration system, fish forum: Hi Pam; Poor little fella. Let s see what we can do..... Use Kanacyn to help clear his infections. It absorbs inside the fish to get where infection is. A double dose of antibiotics can cause organ failure, so avoid that. Also use Melafix to help heal...

Fish: My beta is going to blow up!!!!, chris robbins, dropsy
chris robbins, dropsy, pinecone: Hi Melanie; If his scales seem to be sticking out like a pinecone, he has a condition known as dropsy. If not, he may be constipated. Here is a web page on constipation; http://www.mushi.petfish.net/constipation.html http://www.healthybetta.com/articles/Illness%20Diagonsis/constipation.html...

Fish: beta in bowl., chris robbins, fish forum
chris robbins, fish forum, little fish: Hi Jurgen; Bettas do best at temperatures of 78 to 82. But if he is doing fine I wouldn t worry about it. He is quite an old fella though so he may need warmer water if he starts to get lethargic. Bettas live to be 2 or 3 and they are already about a year...

Fish: beta breeding, breeding bettas, freshaquarium
breeding bettas, freshaquarium, subsection: Good day, Faline! Thanks for your question. It would be a good idea for you to read up a little about betta fish. This is the site I always recommend to betta owners, it is one of the best, in my opinion: http://www.bettatalk.com/breeding_bettas.htm...

Fish: My beta getting burnt, fish bowl, acceptable level
fish bowl, acceptable level, old stuff: Hi Brittany, Im really sorry but there isn t much you can do now. It s in the sluggish stage before death. The best thing you can do is keep the temperature and an acceptable level.. between 70 and 80 degrees but more near 80. also make sure the water...

Fish: beta cant eat, fish medicine, little fella
fish medicine, little fella, chris robbins: Hi Charlie; Poor little fella. He may have an infection or something. It could affect his vision, movement of his mouth, equilibrium, etc. Try using a fish medicine called Maracyn 2 . It absorbs inside the fish to treat infection. It s also possible that...

Fish: beta color, fish medication, aquarium salt
fish medication, aquarium salt, beta color: Hi Dawn, The lightening of colour in darker bettas (or vice versa for light bettas) is a sign of stress. If the colour suddenly drains from Sir Harley s fins, he may be frightened of something that the other betta/s are not, or he may be sick. Firstly,...

Fish: beta conditioner, water conditioners, chunks
water conditioners, chunks, veronica: Hello Veronica- I would take it to the store for an exchange, if it hasn t been very long. Some water conditioners are thick, like a syrup, but it shouldn t have chunks in it. Hopefully the store will give you an exchange, otherwise I would pick up a new...

Fish: is my beta going to die?, broken spine, 10 gallon tank
broken spine, 10 gallon tank, dropsy: Hey Monica, I d need a little information on your fish and the tank to know for sure. If the tank is kept clean, and the fish is older then a few months old, it s possible it got sick. If the fish is 2+ years, it could just be getting old and near time...

Fish: beta disease, protozoan parasites, aquarium heater
protozoan parasites, aquarium heater, fungus infection: Hi Erin; He has a fungus infection. The best medicine for bettas is BettaMax. It is available at most fish stores. Raise the temperature in his tank too. If there is a heater, turn it up so it gradually heats the water to 80 degrees, watching it for...

Fish: beta with dropsy, maracyn two, beta fish
maracyn two, beta fish, chris robbins: Hi Sue; If it helps him to stay healthy I would continue to give him the medicine. His immune system is probably just not able to take over by itself at his age and fully heal. It would be very helpful to his immune system to make water changes on a daily...

Fish: Is my beta dying?, eye lid, bacterial infection
eye lid, bacterial infection, left eye: Hey Ashlee, He has a bacterial infection and needs to get on bettafix right away. It s pretty late stage infection, and if left untreated WILL blind him, and eventually kill him. So, tomorrow, stop by a pet store and pick up bettafix and start treating...

Fish: Is my beta dying?, maracyn 2, aquarium salt
maracyn 2, aquarium salt, fin rot: If his gill are very red thats a sign of a gill infection, his ragged fins could be fin rot, and he also could be getting popeye. Your best bet is to change the water in their tank, and treat him with a combination of Maracyn and Maracyn-2. If there is any...

Fish: beta dying?, chris robbins, dropsy
chris robbins, dropsy, pectorals: Hi Ken; Poor guy. Sounds like a condition known as dropsy . Here is more info about it and some treatment options; http://www.healthybetta.com/articles/Illness%20Diagonsis/dropsy.html It could be constipation instead so you can read about that too...

Fish: beta not eating, chris robbins, case temperature
chris robbins, case temperature, bettas: Hi Julie; Poor George. Try putting him in a warmer spot. Bettas are tropical fish that need at least 76 degrees all the time. When they aren t feeling well it helps to raise it up to 80 or even 82. If your house is too cool, put a lamp on the vase to help...

Fish: beta eating, beta bites, beta fish
beta bites, beta fish, blood worms: Hello Shaun, well now, lots to cover here! Betta eating: I ve seen betta survive quite well off of just tropical flake. the best thing i can say to that (not having kept one myself) is check the analysis of the foods. try to seek out a flake that...

Fish: beta not eating, beta fish, bettas
beta fish, bettas, tropical fish: Hello Nerina- Try getting him a heater to warm up his tank. Bettas are tropical fish and need to be kept between 75-80 F or they get very lethargic and can sometimes die if the temperature is too cold. Remember, even if your air seems warm, water without...

Fish: beta not eating, broad spectrum antibiotic, beta fish
broad spectrum antibiotic, beta fish, fin rot: Hi Nerina. I m sorry your betta is not feeling well. You should be changing his water weekly (completely) if he is in a 5 gallon tank or smaller. In an unfiltered tank (I m assuming you do not have a filter), the water gets bad quite quickly from food and...

Fish: beta not eating, epsom salt, beta fish
epsom salt, beta fish, salt baths: Nerina, How old is he? He may be constipated. Unfortunately this runs hand in hand with swimbladder infection. So you should try some Melafix first.This is an all natural antbiotic.Treat for 7 days. After...

Fish: beta not eating, brine shrimp, beta fish
brine shrimp, beta fish, pellets: How cold is the water? Their water should 70-80*F. Cold water makes them very lethargic. Warm the water SLOWLY if it IS too cold. What are you feeding? Try live food. They love it! Flakes aren t really their favorite. Pellets are generally accepted but...

Fish: beta not eating, room temperature water, male bettas
room temperature water, male bettas, bubble nest: Hi Tyler; Many bettas do okay and survive lower temperatures for awhile but it really isn t good for them and they are not in their best health. He is getting older now too and will need it warmer in order to keep his immune system and metabolism operating....

Fish: beta eye, aquarium salt, gold fish
aquarium salt, gold fish, natural coloring: Hello Linn- It s hard to say without seeing your betta in person. Generally, when a betta gets pop eye, his eyes literally pop out of his head. The eyes will look cloudy and be much larger in size, and will seem like they are swelling out of the fish...

Fish: beta's eye, beta fish, chris robbins
beta fish, chris robbins, fish forum: Hi Tera; He may have scraped his eye on something. Just keep his tank clean and watch for signs of infection. You can use some Melafix to help him heal. It will also help prevent infection. If he is acting normally it must not be bothering him. Just monitor...

Fish: beta eyes...., chris robbins, pop eye
chris robbins, pop eye, organic matter: Hi Robin; I ve never been able to effectively get rid of those pesky flies either when they show up in my tanks. They just eventually disappear on their own. You could wipe the underside of the hood often to eliminate the organic matter they feed on. Fish...

Fish: beta fin injury, david ruby, pectoral fins
david ruby, pectoral fins, dorsal fins: Hi David; Ruby s fins will regrow as long as infection doesn t set in. It can take several weeks and the edges will look clear with no color at first. Keep his water very clean, changing the water every 2 or 3 days, especially since he is in a quart size...

Fish: beta fin not working, fungus cure, bettamax
fungus cure, bettamax, aquarium salt: Hi Kevin; Raise the temperature up to 82 degrees and treat him with BettaMax. If you can t find bettamax, get a medication that treats fungus. Fungus Cure and Fungus Eliminator are two possibilities. Also add aquarium salt. He needs 1/2 teaspoon per gallon....

Fish: beta fins, beneficial bacteria, fish waste
beneficial bacteria, fish waste, fish store: Hi Renee; The filter carbon shouldn t be causing disease, but if it is a power filter with pads, changing it or cleaning it too often can make the fish sick from toxin buildup. The filter has beneficial bacteria in it that removes fish waste toxins and...

Fish: beta fish, tiny air bubbles, beta tank
tiny air bubbles, beta tank, beta fish: ok bettas make bubble nests so the female can put the eggs in it. What they do is blow the bubbles with their mouth and make nests on the surface of the water my betta does it all the time. Don t put a female betta in the tank the chances of the female living...

Fish: beta fish, beta fish, fish forum
beta fish, fish forum, chris robbins: Hi Rachael; Bettas don t sleep but they do rest when the lights go out. I guess it would be hard to sleep when you don t have eyelids! ;-) Here are some sites that may help you on your project; http://www.bettatalk.com http://www.healthybetta.com...

Fish: beta fish, betta bowls, mystery snails
betta bowls, mystery snails, apple snails: Hi Diana; If they are the big kind with a trap door on their opening they are apple snails or mystery snails . Here is a web site about them; http://www.applesnail.net/ Bettas often like to pick at snails, so maybe yours did that and they can t come...

Fish: beta fish, brine shrimp, swim bladder
brine shrimp, swim bladder, bladder infection: Hello, I m sorry to hear your betta is not doing well. This is, however, a very common concern of owners. Basically, what he has is called a swim bladder infection. The swim bladder in fish inflates and deflates like a balloon to regulate what level...

Fish: beta fish, peace lilly, beta fish
peace lilly, beta fish, roots in water: Hi, Clare! Thank you, first of all, for asking questions before diving in and doing something your fish won t like. Let s get you set up. I always keep an old (clean) milk jug around, fill it with tap water, and leave it uncapped overnight or for two...

Fish: beta fish, beta fish, temperature shock
beta fish, temperature shock, pale colors: Hi Ruth; It could be a few things. Temperature shock is the main one usually. When the fish were added to their bowls, were the transort bags floated in the bowl for a few minutes first? If they were not acclimated and the temperature was different it will...

Fish: beta fish, maracyn two, red streaks
maracyn two, red streaks, beta fish: Hi Kelly; Poor guy! Since he is improved a bit hopefully he will continue to get better as he heals. Red streaks usually indicate septicemia (blood poisoning from infection). The medicine may not have completely finished treating it yet. Use an additional...

Fish: beta fish, fish bowls, beta fish
fish bowls, beta fish, chris robbins: Hi Christy; Poor little guy. He may just be feeling his age. Bettas live to be 2 or 3 years old and are already about a year old when we buy them. This makes him about 2 now. Bettas, the same as people, age at different rates and can develop disease much...

Fish: beta fish, swollen bellies, beta fish
swollen bellies, beta fish, chris robbins: Hi Hannah; It is possible he is constipated. Most bettas with it have swollen bellies too, but not always. Be sure to clean out leftover food as soon as you find it. It can make your fish more sick if allowed to spoil. Here is a good article about it and...

Fish: beta fish, pet store owner, flake food
pet store owner, flake food, beta fish: Hi Nicole; It s definately not normal. He may be too cold. Bettas are tropical and need their water to be at least 75f all the time. Put a desk lamp next to his tank to slowly raise the twmpwrature up and remove uneaten food right away so it doesn t pollute...

Fish: beta fish, aquarium heater, beta fish
aquarium heater, beta fish, temperature shock: Hi Lauren; They were too cold, you are right. Bettas need to be 78 to 80 degrees for normal bodily functions. If the tank is smaller than 5 gallons, you won t be able to safely put an aquarium heater in there. Instead, put the bowl in the warmest place...

Fish: beta fish, cichlid research, beta fish
cichlid research, beta fish: Hi Cass, You can put a male and a female together. I wouldn t do it in anything less than a 20 gallon long and I would have lots of structure in there for the female to hide before and after she spawns. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: beta fish, beta fish, melafix
beta fish, melafix, change colors: I will try to answer this best of my knowledge. I have never heard of anything quite like this. I have seen betta fish change colors when they are hurt, such as a tail eaten, changes colors, or the eyes can pop if the fish is dropped. The fact that he is still...

Fish: my beta fish, beta fish, water changes
beta fish, water changes, co worker: Betta fish often damage their fins. Its a perfectly normal thing. Just make sure you re doing 1/4th water changes every week and you re betta will be fine. Fins grow back rapidly for Betta fish. The decorations may help her hurt herself, but fin damage is...

Fish: my beta fish, beta fish, good medicine
beta fish, good medicine, cyst: Hi Magna, The fish is old. I know it isn t getting this because of old age but it may not be able to fight this off as well. It could be a type of fish tumor or maybe a cyst. I can t really recomend anything except for what I use for my betas. Maracyn 2....

Fish: beta fish, cichlid research, beta fish
cichlid research, beta fish, water temperature: Hi Rocky, Has the temperature of the water in the bowl gotten cooler lately? Fish get less active as the water temperature drops (even a little). -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: beta fish, silicone sealant, glass panes
silicone sealant, glass panes, glass tank: Hi Narres; I ve used old critter cages for fish before but you will have to re-seal it if it s a glass tank. Hamsters will chew parts of it out and the tank may leak if it isn t redone. The sealant could also have absorbed a lot of ammonia from hamster...

Fish: beta fish, tiny spikes, beta fish
tiny spikes, beta fish, white films: Hi Joyce; Poor guy. He may have stopped eating for some reason so the food has rotted on the bottom of the tank. It s hard to say which came first, his illness or if excess food caused it. You did the right thing isolating him. It s also possible he was...

Fish: beta fish, aquarium salt, beta fish
aquarium salt, beta fish, dechlorinator: Good morning Coreen, thank you for your question. Something about your water is off and making your betta uncomfortable. My guess would be that it is probably too cold. You probably don t have a heater in there - it s a necessity to keep them healthy. They...

Fish: beta fish, aquarium salt, hospital tank
aquarium salt, hospital tank, beta fish: Hi David, this is Nicole from the category Fish here. I am answering your question from the Question Pool, since the expert you directed your question to is no longer available. This sounds like a very bad case of velvet and fungus. I would try medicating...

Fish: beta fish, fish bowls, little fella
fish bowls, little fella, beta fish: Hi Shannon; It means he s a happy little fella! Male bettas build a bubble nest in preparation for breeding. If a female comes along and they spawn, he takes each egg in his mouth and spits it up into the safety of the nest. Once the eggs are all laid,...

Fish: beta fish, water mold, beta fish
water mold, beta fish, stress coat: Hi Sebastian; It s probaby a type of algae or water mold. He is also getting to be a senior citizen now and may not be eating as much as he used to. Sometimes residue from excess food causes that kind of thing. Try cutting back on food a bit if you think...

Fish: beta fish, ghost shrimp, clown fish
ghost shrimp, clown fish, beta fish: Ah well Male bettas are a funny thing with tankmates. You should never have more than one fish in such a small tank. The male and female may have attacked the ghost shrimp. The male will beat up the female and vise versa so that could have been the case...

Fish: beta fish, beta tank, beta fish
beta tank, beta fish, keeping fish: Hi, Firstly, Bettas need a tank of at least 4 gallons, preferably 5. They also need a good filter and a heater, so you can maintain the water temperature. The heat will not keep the water temperature stable, you need a heater for that. So you need to buy...

Fish: beta fish, maracyn two, beta fish
maracyn two, beta fish, chris robbins: Hi Helina; Without details about his setup, diet, maintenance schedule, etc, it s hard for me to say what could be wrong. I would start by changing his water and looking at the following web pages about constipation and dropsy, two of the possible betta...

Fish: beta fish, cichlid research, beta fish
cichlid research, beta fish, bettas: Hi Caitlyn, Sadly, it could be cancer. Bettas seem to get these sorts of things when they get old. Unfortunately, there really isn t anything that can be done. Sorry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: beta fish, beta fish, chris robbins
beta fish, chris robbins, gallon tank: Hi Bailey; There are several things that might help him but since I don t know what you have already tried, here is a good web page that goes into detail; http://www.petfish.net/kb/entry/12/332/ I hope he feels better soon... At Your Service; ...

Fish: beta fish, beta fish, fungal infections
beta fish, fungal infections, betta: Hey meg. your betta has something called Lymphocystis. here is a link you can look at to help you out. http://www.fishjunkies.com/Infections/viral.php i would advise that you also medicate the tank with something called MelaFix. This really helps get...

Fish: beta fish, aquarium salt, beta fish
aquarium salt, beta fish, table salt: I m sorry about what happened. You may be able to help him though. If you have some aquarium salt, put a little in his tank according to the directions. If you do not have aquarium salt, you can use non iodized table salt in place. Just add a couple of...

Fish: my beta fish, cichlid research, fall fish
cichlid research, fall fish, fish question: Hi Kyleen, I don t know why it would be bad to leave the light on all the time. That said, it is still much better to have a proper heater on the tank than to use a light as a heater. There could have been some parasites on the plants that could...

Fish: my beta fish, maracyn 2, aquarium salt
maracyn 2, aquarium salt, beta fish: It sounds like you fish might have an infection, possibly Columnaris. If it is a fungus, then you should be able to treat him with Melafix, Pimafix, or Bettafix. Of the 3 I recommend starting with Melafix. You can buy this at any pet store usually and it comes...

Fish: beta fish, beta bites, beta fish
beta bites, beta fish, traditional medicines: Hi Mary; His behavior is very normal for his age. Bettas live to be about 2 or 3 years old. Some have been known to reach 5 but it is pretty rare. They are about a year old when we buy them so he is a very old little guy. Keep trying to keep him warmer...

Fish: beta fish, beta fish, tropical fish
beta fish, tropical fish, warm water: I would. They are tropical fish, meaning they like warm water. Bettas enjoy water around 78-80 degrees. Depending on the temperature you keep your house in the cold months would also depend on whether or not you need one. If you have a water thermometer...

Fish: beta fish, beta fish, chris robbins
beta fish, chris robbins, physical signs: Hi Denise; I m so sorry you lost them both. Bettas and all other fish really should have covers on their tank so they can t get out. Some bettas are really good at doing that and others just don t bother. Bettas, just like other pets, are all individuals...

Fish: beta fish, beta fish, blood worms
beta fish, blood worms, chris robbins: Hi Adrienne; Bettas in bowls are just fine as long as you can raise the temperature. If you can t get the temperature up by using a lamp close to it, you will have get a tank with a heater. It is normal for bettas to spend a lot of time at the top. They...

Fish: beta fish, beta fish, sized fish
beta fish, sized fish, fish tank: Hi Jill; Poor guy. He was suffering from pressure inside his body that probably didn t have much of a chance to be cured. It can be from a tumor, an infection or organ failure leading to fluid buildup. Once they get so sick there isn t much you can do....

Fish: beta fish, cherry barbs, fish bowls
cherry barbs, fish bowls, tank syndrome: Hi Cord; For the first 6 to 8 weeks, keep only the betta in there. This allows the tank to break in without harming the fish. I will include a copy of my article on new tanks at the end of this letter. A few options for fish to add with him when it is...

Fish: beta fish, little chunks, fungus infections
little chunks, fungus infections, beta fish: Hi Janna; I apologize for not getting to your question sooner... If he made it through the weekend, try putting him in a warmer place. Bettas need 78 degrees Fahrenheit and many of them die during the winter because their new owners aren t told this....

Fish: beta fish not acting right, cichlid research, beta fish
cichlid research, beta fish, usualy: Hi Julie, You should try the pea approach. Basically, it can help to clean out his system. That said, keep in mind that 3 years is a very long life for a betta. They don t often live that long. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: beta fish behavior, cichlid research, marble rocks
cichlid research, marble rocks, beta fish: Hi Michelle, Is the temperature in his fish tank getting too cold? It should be near 80oF? Also, you need to be regularly (once a week) changing part of the water in his tank. I recommend about 20% once a week, every week. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: beta fish bowls, beta fish bowls, fish forum
beta fish bowls, fish forum, chris robbins: Hi Aanika; I never heard that one before! I wouldn t worry about it too much. I have kept them in round bowls for years and never had to take mine to the fishy psychiatrist yet. ;-) The main thing is to keep them very warm and change the water at least...

Fish: My beta fish cant swim up., beta fish, swim bladder
beta fish, swim bladder, bladder infection: Matt, He has a swim bladder infection. Go get some Melafix it is all natural and efficient. Treat him for 7 days than a water change. In the meantime give him a squeezed between your fingers every other...

Fish: beta fish and compatibility with other fishes, female bettas, fancy goldfish
female bettas, fancy goldfish, zebra danios: Hi Naaz; Actually, your female betta is tropical fish that needs a water temperature of at least 76f all the time. In order to breed they need about 80f to 85f. Many people keep them in small tanks with no heater but they often have a light that keeps them...

Fish: My beta fish is dangling from the top of the bowl !!, tiny chunks, food spoils
tiny chunks, food spoils, fish sink: Hi Heather; It sounds like a digestive issue that has affected his swim bladder. When a betta overeats or doesn t get enough variety and fiber in his diet, he gets constipated. When he is constipated his swim bladder can become inflamed and/or blocked....

Fish: beta fish disease, maracyn 2, beta fish
maracyn 2, beta fish, many different things: Hi Linda; He has a condition known as popeye . The cause is internal pressure. The pressure can be from many different things. The most common is infection. You can try treating him with Maracyn 2 by Mardel or Kanacyn by Aquatronics. These are the...

Fish: beta fish disease, beta bites, beta fish
beta bites, beta fish, blood worms: Hi Laura; Here is a site with photos and references to the medications to treat it; http://www.bettasrus.com/disease/popeye.htm Some fish have both eyes affected, some only one. It is an indication of internal infection, growth or injury and the inflamation...

Fish: beta fish diseases, tank syndrome, fish diseases
tank syndrome, fish diseases, ammonia toxicity: Hi Laura; I would change the water in the tank right away. Their symptoms sound like ammonia toxicity. This is usually from new tank syndrome or excess waste if it isn t a new tank. How often do you change water in the tank? Does the tank have a filter?...

Fish: beta fish diseases, 3 leaf clovers, ventral fins
3 leaf clovers, ventral fins, fish diseases: Hi Laura; It could be some kind of tumor, but if that s what it is and he seems to act fine I would wait it out. If he shows signs of stress or of being in pain then I think euthanasia might be a good idea. Watch and see how it goes. You ve done a great...

Fish: my beta fish is dying???, cichlid research, swim bladder
cichlid research, swim bladder, beta fish: Hi Renee, It doesn t sound good. When a fish can no longer maintain itself upright that usually means that it has some sort of problem with its swim bladder. I don t know of any way to fix that. Sorry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: beta fish not eating, natural spring water, fish in a glass
natural spring water, fish in a glass, little fella: Hi Marilyn; Poor little fella. The tank with the filter is fine to use but what he really needs is heat. Bettas are tropical so they need to be at 78 to 85 degrees all the time but the tank isn t big enough for a thermostatically controlled heater. The...

Fish: are my beta fish gonna die, plastic divider, traditional medicines
plastic divider, traditional medicines, beta fish: Hi Jennifer; They are probably too cold. Get a heater for their tank to raise it up to 80 or 85 degrees. Bettas need at least 78 degrees all the time, but need even higher when they are sick. Change some water (25%) at least once a week to keep infection...

Fish: beta fish health, gold fish bowl, poland spring water
gold fish bowl, poland spring water, beta fish: Hi Michelle; It is probably from low temperature. It is very common in winter to experience this. You might try putting a lamp close to his bowl to help get the temperature higher. Many people have success putting the bowl between books in a bookcase for...

Fish: my beta fish is very ill, beta fish, white clouds
beta fish, white clouds, melafix: This sounds very serious, but I can t really determine the problem so I m going to ask you some questions about him. Does he have any spots, strings, or white clouds on his body? Cuts or bloated areas? How often do you change his water? Are his gills...

Fish: beta fish inactive, bloated bellies, epsom salt
bloated bellies, epsom salt, beta fish: Hello Kelly- Bloated bellies are caused by overfeeding or by a condition called dropsy. Since your fish has stopped eating, I suspect dropsy, which is unfortunately fatal in fish once it has developed. :( Are the scales raised up slightly, like a pinecone?...

Fish: beta fish infection, maracyn 2, beta fish
maracyn 2, beta fish, harmful toxins: Hi Tiffany; This is called Pop-Eye . There are several causes for it. Injury to the eye can cause swelling. Internal infection and a dirty aquarium are also possible causes. Keeping the aquarium clean is the first step in prevention and treatment...

Fish: beta fish injured, cichlid research, forehead area
cichlid research, forehead area, beta fish: Hi Sabrina, Fish are remarkably resilient. He might do just fine. Keep his water clean (regular 25% weekly water changes). Don t overfeed him to keep the bacteria level down. Consider getting an antifungal medicine to prevent fungus from growing in the...

Fish: beta fish jumped out of bowl, jug of water, beta fish
jug of water, beta fish, necessary minerals: Hi Linda; Just keep him in a very warm spot to help his metabolism and help him fight infection. You can also use extra water conditioner if it helps with the slime coating. The label should tell you. An additional triple dose will not hurt him. I have...

Fish: beta fish looks like he is getting all puffy blown up, beta fish, chris robbins
beta fish, chris robbins, carla: Hi Carla; Poor guy. He could have dropsy or simply be constipated. Here are links to good articles on both; http://badmanstropicalfish.com/articles/article24.html http://www.mushi.petfish.net/constipation.html http://www.mushi.petfish.net/dropsy.html...

Fish: beta fish with missing fin, cichlid research, beta fish
cichlid research, beta fish, water changes: Hi Marcia, His fin is gone but he is alone? That is very unusual. Fins do grow back but it is very curious that it should have gone away. Have you been doing regular water changes? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: beta fish with popeye and fin rot, little fella, fin rot
little fella, fin rot, beta fish: Hi Tara; Poor guy. The Melafix is a good product but he may need more. Try Maracyn 2 to help treat internal infection that could be causing the popeye. It s okay to use the Melafix at the same time. Get him to a warm place in your house too. Bettas do...

Fish: beta fish problem, fish tuberculosis, antibiotics oxytetracycline
fish tuberculosis, antibiotics oxytetracycline, fish problem: Hi Sorry to hear that , it seems to me as a BACTERIAL INFECTIONS , Fish Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium) Fish may lose color and appetite and become hollow-bellied. Fish become lifeless and often crippled–with a bent spine. Fish develop ulcers under the...

Fish: beta fish problem, fish problem, beta fish
fish problem, beta fish, swim bladder: Hi Larisa; Honestly, it sounds very bad and I don t know that anything can really help. He may have an infection, organ failure or something else we can t see. You might try some Maracyn 2 . It s an antibiotic that may help if he s sick from an internal...

Fish: beta fish question, frequent water changes, beta fish
frequent water changes, beta fish, coral reef: Hi Gina; Poor old guy. He is a senior citizen now so he needs more heat and more frequent water changes. Bettas usually live to be anywhere from 2 to 3, sometimes as old as 5 years. When we first buy them they are almost a year old. This makes your guy...

Fish: beta fish sick, beta fish, month and a half
beta fish, month and a half, couple days: Hello danny, This is usually because your fish is having problems digesting the food its eating. Beta fish need to be warm to digest food. If the tank isnt anywhere near 78 degrees, your beta will be having problems. In small bowls you cannot put a heater...

Fish: my beta fish is sick :(, grey scales, red streaks
grey scales, red streaks, beta fish: It sounds like Malibu has a case of Septicemia. It causes bleeding or red streaks on the body and ulcers may also be present. As soon as possible I recommend going to you local petstore and buy an antibiotic called Maracyn-Two. It isn t too expensive and if...

Fish: beta fish is sick i think, maracyn 2, swim bladder
maracyn 2, swim bladder, bladder problems: Hi Matthew; Poor guy. I think he is just getting old. Bettas live to be 2 or 3 years old and are already about a year when we buy them. Just keep his water clean and warm to help him recover. It is possible that he will continue to have trouble surfacing....

Fish: beta fish -sick ?, epsom salts, little fella
epsom salts, little fella, beta fish: Hi Kathe; He may just be an old little fella. Bettas live to be 2 or 3 years old and are already about a year old when we buy them. The best thing you can do is keep him very warm (80 degrees f) and keep his water clean. If he is still eating he may have...

Fish: beta fish sickness, beta fish, fild
beta fish, fild, plastic decorations: Hey Nikki, Invest in some bettafix. If the betta seems to have any salt-like growths, or fuzzy fild over his body, use the bettafix. If you use real coral, the water quality is what s killing him. Plastic decorations are okay, but real coral and shells...

Fish: beta fish being strange?, room temperature water, gaberial
room temperature water, gaberial, little tank: Hi Nikky; Ich is a parasite looks like little salt specks. If he has white around his gills it could be infection from injury. He may be too cold and is having a hard time recovering from his traumatic experience. Put his bowl in the warmest place you have...

Fish: beta fish tail followup, beta fish, fish tail
beta fish, fish tail, betta fish: Hi Andrew; It could cause infection. The best thing to do is make plenty of water changes to be sure it isn t fin rot. Clean water helps a great deal. It will often enable the fish to fight off the infection on it s own. Melafix is very helpful, as is high...

Fish: beta fish tails, apple snail, fish tails
apple snail, fish tails, beta fish: Hi Mike; The algae eater could be chewing on him. They can get pretty aggressive. You might want to return the algae eater to the fish store and get an apple snail instead. They eat algae and excess food without bothering the betta. They aren t the kind...

Fish: beta fish water temp, pam scott, thick towels
pam scott, thick towels, beta fish: Hi Pam; He will get used to the light. Mine always have. You need to keep it there as close as it takes to bring the temperature up to at least 78 degrees. It really needs to be on all day and all night. You may not need such a high wattage though. Even...

Fish: beta fish water temp, beta fish, fish aquarium
beta fish, fish aquarium, aquarium heater: Hi Pamela; Bettas can t tolerate temperatures below 78 for very long. Get a lamp to put close to his tank and let it warm up the water gradually. Adding hot water makes it rise too fast and could stress him. It will just go lower again anyway in no time...

Fish: my beta fish, food int, beta fish
food int, beta fish, lol thanks: It s great to give me all the details you can! I usually almost have to beg people for information. LOL! I think he just may need cleaning more often. Do the water changes twice a week for awhile and keep him warm. Even if he doesn t fully recover, he...

Fish: beta fry, water quality changes, micro worms
water quality changes, micro worms, system shock: Hey Rashid, Sorry it took so long to reply, i ve been having issues with school and work lately. You can try to treat the water for bacterial issues, but i doubt that the fry are strong enough to handle rapid water quality changes, and slow dosing wont...

Fish: beta fry, freeze dried blood worms, maracyn two
freeze dried blood worms, maracyn two, micro worms: Rashid, Oh no! Betta Fry, and all fish fry, are very delicate and can die from even the simplest disease. This sounds like a case of mouth rot or gill disease, which can be properly treated with a medication called Maracyn Two from your local pet store...

Fish: beta has growth, bettamax, chris robbins
bettamax, chris robbins, fish forum: Hi Brenna; Keep trying with the BettaMax. It takes a few days to work. The two main things that will help in healing him is keeping the water clean and raising the temperature. Make sure his water is at least 78 degrees. Up to 85 is even better so his...

Fish: beta HELP!, cichlid research, beta fish
cichlid research, beta fish, fishs: Hi Kari, Soap is really dangerous to a fish. Soap dissolves the protective layer of mucous on a fish s body. If you think some soap got in there, you should change the water. Also, explain this to your sister so that she knows not to put any soap...

Fish: my beta hasn't eaten since i got it, live brine shrimp, tubifex worms
live brine shrimp, tubifex worms, bottom feeder: Hi Ross; Many bettas are raised on live foods only. You might try live tubifex worms, or live brine shrimp. Also, make sure his water temperature is high enough. Bettas are tropical fish and need their water in the upper 70 s Fahrenheit. If it s too low...

Fish: my beta's health, internal parasite, parasite infection
internal parasite, parasite infection, fish forum: Hi Desi; Clearish white feces isn t normal. It may be an internal parasite infection. Go to the local fish store and find a medication that treats it. It must be a type that is mixed with food or some are actually parasite treatment foods already made....

Fish: my beta, jelly, pet store workers, water bowl
pet store workers, water bowl, still water: Betta s need to occasionally go to the surface to breathe, unlike other fish they don t get oxygen from the water. If you notice he s doing it very frequently, you might want to have a look at his gills. If they look red, it could be a sign of gill infection...

Fish: My beta is always laying on the bottom, long periods of time, gallon aquarium
long periods of time, gallon aquarium, chris robbins: Hi Jessica; He is old, I m afraid. They live to be about 3 years old and are already a year old when we buy them. He is a senior citizen now so he is going to be less active. Keeping him warm is a good thing. His metabolism will benefit greatly from it...

Fish: beta looks not so good, epsom salts, beta fish
epsom salts, beta fish, aquarium salt: Hi Beth, Your fish sounds like he has dropsy. Unfortunately this is a very dangerous disease; it is a failure of the kidney where the fish takes on water and minerals. There is no certain cure although treatment with Epsom salts has proven useful in...

Fish: beta looks sick, little fella, chris robbins
little fella, chris robbins, fish forum: Hi Nicole; He is a very old little fella. Their lifespan is 2-3 years. You ve done a great job in caring for him all this time. I m afraid he s at the end of his days now. Keep his as comfy as you can with regular water changes. He will be more prone to...

Fish: My beta has a lump on his underbelly, ifm geomar, bristlenose pleco
ifm geomar, bristlenose pleco, nitrate levels: Good evening Michael, thank you for your question. The only concern I see is in your stocking. The betta doesn t nip at the neon and guppy? Or vice versa? Also, if you mean a common plecostomus (looks like this: http://filaman.ifm-geomar.de/Summary/SpeciesSummary.php?id=3057)...

Fish: beta - multi symptoms, glass marbles, little chunks
glass marbles, little chunks, blood worm: Hi Sarah Jane; I m so sorry it took so long to get to your question. I was gone for a few days so I registered my vacation time with the site and your question snuck in anyway. I hope Lucifer is still hanging in there...... He is constipated so don...

Fish: My beta (mystical) is sick...., swim bladder, bladder disease
swim bladder, bladder disease, bladder infection: Hey Again, Pretty tough to see much of anything in that pic, except the lovely castle. If you re worried about SBD (swim bladder disease) then stock up on fresh peas. The fresher, the better. (frozen beats canned) and chop up one or two a day for him....

Fish: Is my beta Ok?, brineshrimp, water movement
brineshrimp, water movement, rapid breathing: Hi, Firstly, consider the space he has. They need at least 25 litres of water to be happy, preferably more if possible. They like warmer water, around 30 Degrees celcius. Give her/him some plants and things to just generally prevent her from getting bored....

Fish: My beta has popeye, maracyn two, human medicines
maracyn two, human medicines, fish store: Hi Pals; Poor Neel. He must be miserable. Let s see what we can do..... There are two medicines usually available at your local fish store that work pretty well on popeye. You only need one or the other so whichever is available is fine. One is minocycline...

Fish: beta problems, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, 9 months: Hi Pam, Are you doing regular weekly partial water changes on his tank? You need to be changing at least 20% of his water once a week, every week. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: beta question, pet store owner, maracide
pet store owner, maracide, thick consistency: Hey Chuck, I d just like to start out by saying awesome job on keeping your betta alive! Most betta die around 2-3 years old, and it seems you re doing a fine job with him so far. That being said, it sounds like he might have an eye infection. Because he...

Fish: beta question, 2 frogs, betta
2 frogs, betta, pss: Hi; It is normal for your betta to have bubbles in the top of his tank. These bubbles are a nest your betta made, if he were to mate with a female he would put the eggs in the nest. It is also normal for him to stick out his cheek gills. He might do this...

Fish: My beta Randy is seriously ill!, epsom salts, tiny chunks
epsom salts, tiny chunks, chris robbins: Hi Stacy; Try raising his temperature to 80 or 82 degrees and add a pinch of epsom salts to his water. The temperature helps him digest and the epsom helps eliminate constipation. Once he begins eating, feed him tiny chunks of green peas. This will help...

Fish: my beta is really sick, food pellets, fish medicine
food pellets, fish medicine, water changes: Hello Aimee- It is likely your betta is sick, especially since you are seeing the white spots. I recommend treating Bob once daily with a dose of QuickCure, a fish medicine you can find at WalMart and most pet stores. Follow the dosage instructions on...

Fish: beta's, slime coats, gallon tank
slime coats, gallon tank, grand daughter: Roberta, When you house bettas together they can drop their slime coats from stress. I think that is your problem. Put one in your large tank. If there are alot of plants and they can find their territory...

Fish: beta with semi-aggressive fish, tiger barbs, bala sharks
tiger barbs, bala sharks, female bettas: Good morning, Jordan, thank you for your question. I would not recommend adding a betta to this mix. A male betta would be disastrous with its long flowing fins, and a female betta has only a slim chance of being able to defend herself against the usually...

Fish: my beta is sick, freeze dried blood worms, brine shrimp
freeze dried blood worms, brine shrimp, blue streaks: Hi Leah; Bettas usually fade and are reluctant to eat if their water temperature is too cool. Put his bowl in an area that will keep the temperature at 78 to 82 degrees. If that isn t possible, put a lamp close to it so it gradually raises the temperature...

Fish: my beta is sick, chris robbins, desk lamp
chris robbins, desk lamp, gallon tank: Hi Mark; He really needs to be warmer and it would be good to change his water every week. Bettas are tropical and need temperatures of 75 or higher to really do well. Many will stop eating and get very lethargic at 72 or lower. It may just be that you...

Fish: beta's sick, beta fish, beta beta
beta fish, beta beta, heater lamp: Hello Lynn- A pale grey face is indicative of cold water. Do you have a heater, lamp, or heating pad attached to the tank somehow? If not, you should think about one. Bettas do best between 78-80 F, but can survive anywhere between 70-80 F. Anything in...

Fish: beta sick, ocean lover, beta fish
ocean lover, beta fish, chris robbins: Hi Emily; It sounds like it could be constipated or perhaps has dropsy. Here are some links to information and treatment options on both illnesses; http://bettas.fishjunkies.com/Disorders/constipation.php http://www.fishjunkies.com/Diseases/dropsy.php...

Fish: My beta is sick!!!, cichlid research, maracyn
cichlid research, maracyn, fungal infection: Hi Carissa, It sounds like a fungal infection. That sort of thing usually happens after a fish has been hurt. Did he get handled roughly during the move? You should treat the tank with an anti-fungal agent, something like Maracyn or Paragon. There...

Fish: My beta is sick and I don't know what to do, betta fish, beta fish
betta fish, beta fish, bloated stomach: Hi Amy, Betta fish become sick very often and sometimes it can be the smallest thing that can make them sick. I would try and totally clean out the vase and make sure that the pH balance is ok and that you have used water conditioner. Color fade is quite common...

Fish: beta sick/dying, peace lilly, bottled spring water
peace lilly, bottled spring water, microscopic organisms: Hi Barbara; Bettas must be fed regular food. They are carnivores and cannot survive long-term on vegetation like roots. What they are actually trying to find and survive on are tiny microscopic organisms that live on the roots. This is pretty meager fare...

Fish: Is my beta sick?, fish waste, water reduction
fish waste, water reduction, aquatronics: Hi Ellen; You have done the right thing is changing more water more often. Bettas in bowls need water changes twice a week to keep their water clean. Waiting a whole month is really not good. Ammonia and other toxins from fish waste accumulate more and...

Fish: beta,swollen chest, chris robbins, water conditioner
chris robbins, water conditioner, harder time: Hi Ellie; Sounds like you have cared for him very well. It could be constipation or even dropsy. Here is information on both; http://www.healthybetta.com/articles/Illness%20Diagonsis/constipation.html http://www.healthybetta.com/articles/Illness%20Diagonsis/dropsy.html...

Fish: beta with velvet, aquarium salt, carbon filtration
aquarium salt, carbon filtration, copper sulphate: Based on what I have researched: Treatment : # Raise water temperature # Dim lights for several days # Add aquarium salt # Treat with copper sulphate for ten days # Discontinue carbon filtration during treatment Because Velvet is highly contagious...

Fish: beta water, bright sunlight, plant roots
bright sunlight, plant roots, water condition: Hi angela In that case don t keep near a bright sunlight. Your tank could develop more alge growth. Long as your betta is doing fine, then you don t really have to worry. If you see a spit effect, don t worry, it could be normal. Just check on your fish,...

Fish: beta's water, community tank, airborne chemicals
community tank, airborne chemicals, chris robbins: Hi Chris; It s really hard to say. I ve never had that happened but I guess it s possible. Fish can be pretty sensitive to airborne chemicals. Especially bettas because they take air from the surface. I think you are right about moving the tank to a different...

Fish: beta - water temp and cover for bowl?, little fella, fish forum
little fella, fish forum, chris robbins: Hi Raelene; Well, Mr. Fish is indeed a feisty little fella! You ve done a great job caring for him. He probably just thought you were invading his territory. Or, he may have thought you were some food. Bettas eat live bugs and they dart around above the...

Fish: beta out of water, aquarium salt, chris robbins
aquarium salt, chris robbins, splotches: Hi Noreen; Poor guy. That happens sometimes. When he was dried out it caused parts of the outer layers of his fins and skin to die . It will peel off and he should heal as long as infection doesn t set in. So, change the water every day for a week...

Fish: my beta has white spots, cichlid research, protective slime
cichlid research, protective slime, gold fish: Hi Naaz, Yes, the goldfish no doubt were carrying ick (a disease) which they have given to your betta. NEVER rub a fish. That rubs off the protective slime. You need to get a medicine that kills ick. I use one called Rid-Ich, but there are others, e.g.,...

Fish: beta wont die, health food stores, clove oil
health food stores, clove oil, beta fish: Hi Jason; What a shame. I m sorry you and your fish have to go through this. He would have to be in the freezer for death to occur, but it causes pain as ice crystals form in the fish s tissues. Refrigeration would only slow him down and death would...

Fish: beta, body fungus, chris robbins
body fungus, chris robbins, bettas: Hi Holly; He may have been too cold. Most places that sell them don t tell you they are tropical. Get another one and keep him in a warm place. He needs 78 degrees or so to stay healthy. Their digestive systems often shut down in response to a lowered...

Fish: betafish, epsom salts, linsey
epsom salts, linsey, bacterial infection: Linsey, I am so very sorry it took me so long to answer your question. It sounds like your betta has dropsy. It may or may not be caused by a bacterial infection. Its symptoms (the bulging belly) is caused...

Fish: betas dying, fungus remedy, 30 gallon tank
fungus remedy, 30 gallon tank, aquarium pharmaceuticals: Hi Laura; Poor fish....They have a disease I call Betta Fungus . It attacks them when the water gets too cold. Heat helps kill it though. Get their temperature up to 82 degrees and keep it there. Also get a product called BettaMax by Aquatronics. If you...

Fish: betas fins seems clamped, beta tank, chris robbins
beta tank, chris robbins, water changes: Hi R; Sounds like he has a case of finrot, bacterial or fungal infection. Below is a link to a good page about diseases in bettas. Just scroll down to read about each disease to help you determine which one he has so you can treat it appropriately; http://www.bettatalk.com/betta_diseases.htm...