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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...

Fish: betas and snails, little critters, chris robbins
little critters, chris robbins, gallon tank: Hi Stephanie; Snails are very dirty little critters that actually make more mess than they clean up. The tank is actually barely big enough to support just your betta. The betta might also try to eat it anyway. Just keep the tank clean with a weekly water...

Fish: betas, male guppies, zebra fish
male guppies, zebra fish, cory cats: Hello Kay- Your female should be fine, but it varies with each individual. All you can do is place her in there and watch her reactions. Flaring is a bad sign, and she should probably be removed if she flares too much (because she will probably start attacking...

Fish: bett tank, air bubbler, body clocks
air bubbler, body clocks, sucker fish: Hi Leslie, It is great to hear that Taylor is doing well, although there are a few things that you could do that could make him a bit happier. Firstly, I wouldn t recommend leaving the light on all day and night. Bettas, snails and sucker fish have ...

Fish: betta, little chunks, chris robbins
little chunks, chris robbins, bettas: Hi Andrea; It could be just stress from being in a new home. Give him a few more days to adjust. Every fish reacts differently. Or, if he has already been with you for a few days it could be his digestion. Offer him little chunks of green peas to help him...

Fish: betta, cichlid research, unfortunate coincidence
cichlid research, unfortunate coincidence, familiar surroundings: Hi Cindi, Hmmm... I can t imagine how you could have hurt his fin, unless you really man-handled him, which I doubt that you did. Much more likely it is an unfortunate coincidence. When you change his water, change only part of it -- that will be...

Fish: betta, siamese fighting fish, fish shops
siamese fighting fish, fish shops, pink fish: Hello. Firstly, goldfish should not be put in a tropical set-up. They are coldwater fish and will not at all like the water temperature, alongside many other water parameters. You either need to get rid of the goldfish or find another 10 UK gallon plus tank...

Fish: betta, cichlid research, real friends
cichlid research, real friends, meg: Hi Meg, A lot of fish will do that, i.e., go up and down the wall of a tank. They often do it when they see the person who normally feeds them. Fish get quite good at knowing who their real friends are... -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: betta, maracyn two, penn plax
maracyn two, penn plax, bladder problem: Hi Chris; Great news! I m glad Commet is better. The medicine is Maracyn-Two if you want to try it. You might also try feeding him green peas for constipation. That is often the cause of a swim bladder problem and bloated belly. Here is a link to more...

Fish: betta, tropical fish food, flake food
tropical fish food, flake food, rummy nose: Hello April, Yes i know most of the pet store people are jurks, believe me i know. :) anywho, first we will start off with the food sitiuation, bettas do need a diffent type of food than other fish. When i keep my bettas in with other fish i buy tropical...

Fish: betta, question pool, freshaquarium
question pool, freshaquarium, pellets: Hi Sheila, Nicole here, I m answering your question from the Question Pool where any one of us experts in Fish can answer. You should feed a minimum of once a day, and a maximum of twice a day, about 3 pellets each time as a staple. Pellets alone are not...

Fish: my betta, cichlid research, fish attack
cichlid research, fish attack, gold fish: Hi Ashley, Goldfish need a much larger aquarium than bettas are typically kept in. I wouldn t put a goldfish in less than a 10 gallon tank and really it should be larger than that. It s very hard for me to say what happened to your bettas. Was...

Fish: betta, tiger barbs, rainbow shark
tiger barbs, rainbow shark, fish size: Hey Ballote, Safely, none. Your 1.5 gallon tank is technically over stocked. The way aquariums are stocked is based on fish size. As fish get larger, they require more food, and thus produce more waste. As waste accumulates, toxic chemicals such as ammonia...

Fish: betta, size tank, pets mart
size tank, pets mart, tank size: You can buy well balanced betta floating pellets. He may not eat the first few day, but he will start when he has adjusted to his new home. Just make sure you remove any food he doesn t eat. A betta can go in any tank size, he would probably love a 10g....

Fish: betta, cichlid research, fish tank
cichlid research, fish tank, tempurature: Hi Amanda, It is very possible that he is just getting old. Bettas don t really live all that long and as they get old they often develop the kinds of lumps that you are describing. I don t know of anything you can do about that. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: betta, fungus cure, aquarium salt
fungus cure, aquarium salt, cardboard boxes: Hi Patty; Using the lamp is a good idea. You may want to put his tank in a corner or something to help insulate the area around it and avoid so much heat loss. I ve even used cardboard boxes laid on their sides with a lamp next to the tank inside. Just...

Fish: betta, beta world, environment need
beta world, environment need, desk lamp: Hello Grace- The water temperature of your betta s environment need to be between 75 - 80 F. You can purchase a heater at the store to do this, or you can use a desk lamp or a heating pad from home. Be sure to use a stick-on thermometer to make sure the...

Fish: my betta, anal fins, gill plates
anal fins, gill plates, betta: No matter the type of fish, they all show essentially the same attributes when pregnant: their bellies swell. Usually from gill plates to anal fins, the swelling usually makes the belly lighter in colour. In many fish you can see lumps from eggs or clusters...

Fish: my betta, petsmart, petco
petsmart, petco, betas: Hey Nicole, It s hard to say, since i cant see what it is you re describing, and it was kinda vauge as to where, how big, exact looks of it, etc, i cant really say for sure. It sounds like it might be a parasite, and i know for a fact it s not eggs because...

Fish: betta, room temperature water, betta fish
room temperature water, betta fish, bettas: Hello Ally- If you want a betta that lives for its entire lifespan and does more than float around the top of the tank, you ll want to buy a heater and give your betta the best home you can. While a betta can sometimes survive room temperature water, they...

Fish: my betta, male bettas, little fella
male bettas, little fella, chris robbins: Hi Shannon; It is normal for male bettas to flare and some do it quite often. They flare at their mates as part of the spawning ritual too so don t take it personally. He s just a frisky little fella. Bettas can be very aggressive and territorial. It...

Fish: my betta, cichlid research, gills
cichlid research, gills, shannon: Hi Shannon, Actually it sounds like he is doing quite well. Bettas are very territorial and so anytime they see anything that might be perceived as a thread, they flare their gills. That s what they do and it is perfectly normal for him to be mad . That...

Fish: betta, pet betta, chris robbins
pet betta, chris robbins, water conditioner: Hi Bobbie; He may have gone into shock. There s really not much you can do but wait. If you haven t used a water conditioner, add one right away. To avoid shock in the furture, always be sure the new water is the same temperature as the old water. Change...

Fish: my betta, hollow bellies, potassium permanganate
hollow bellies, potassium permanganate, aquarium decor: Hi There are many species of flukes, which are flatworms about 1 mm long, and several symptoms that are visible. They infest gills and skin much like ich, but the difference can be seen with a hand lens. You should be able to see movement and possibly...

Fish: getting a betta, whisper filter, surface agitation
whisper filter, surface agitation, gallon aquarium: Hi ally. First you need to cycle your aquarium. Read up on the cycling process here: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=2678 for a 2.5 gallon aquarium, you could do a small 25 watt (or less if you can find one) heater....

Fish: betta, tiny strands, finrot
tiny strands, finrot, chris robbins: Hi Joan; It sounds like finrot or possibly columnaris. Here is a list of links to info on them; http://www.mushi.petfish.net/columnaris.html http://www.mushi.petfish.net/finrot.html http://www.healthybetta.com/illcure.html I hope he feels better...

Fish: betta, betta tanks, least three times
betta tanks, least three times, floating clouds: Hi Dana; His waste will cause cloudiness in the water. The water may be dirty and just needs to be changed. Be sure to use water conditioner and make sure the new water is the same temperature as the old water to avoid shock. How much and how often...

Fish: betta, broad spectrum antibiotic, brine shrimp
broad spectrum antibiotic, brine shrimp, epsom salt: Jane, The life span is 3 to 5 yrs. It may be old age. I hope not. You can try a mild broad spectrum antibiotic like melafix. It is made from the oil of tea trees in Australia. He may have abit of a swimbladder...

Fish: betta, swim bladder, gallon fish
swim bladder, gallon fish, fish bowl: Sorry for such a late reply, I ve been busy moving into a new place. If your Betta was having a problem with his swim bladder you d notice that he d be very round under his gills. One thing you can check for is to see if his gills are bright red, which...

Fish: My betta, male betta, ammonia levels
male betta, ammonia levels, golfish: Ashley, How big is your tank. Goldfish wastes are very strong. If your ammonia levels are high that would explain his problem. The ammonia is probably eating his fins if the golfish aren t. They are notorious...

Fish: My betta !, cichlid research, fish tank
cichlid research, fish tank, betta fish: Hi Kelly, Bettas are tropical fish and need temperatures around 75-80oF. If the water temperature is too low, a betta will get sluggish and stop eating. Rose is just curious about the markings. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: betta, gill disease, water change
gill disease, water change, bettas: Hi Angela; It s definately not normal. It sounds like he has finrot as well as popeye. There may be an internal bacterial infection as well. The first thing to do is make a water change. Since the tank has a filter, you only need to change part of the water....

Fish: My betta, cichlid research, male betta
cichlid research, male betta, bubble nest: Hi Daniel, He will make a bubble nest even if there is no female in the tank. He appears to be doing perfectly fine so I wouldn t do anything different. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: my betta, chris robbins, betta
chris robbins, betta, water temperature: Hi Aimee; Is his belly a little more plump than it used to be like he could be constipated? Do his fins look frayed or torn at all? Are his eyes looking okay? Not protruding or anything? Does he have any spots, dots or patches of anything unusual? How...

Fish: betta, pellets, indigestion
pellets, indigestion, shiloh: Hello Shiloh, You may be feeding your beta to much. Make sure you re only feeding your beta 2 or 3 pellets a day. They dont need anymore than that. If it starts to loose color then its a case of indigestion. If it goes for a couple days without eating ANY...

Fish: betta, fish pellets, red ants
fish pellets, red ants, fish flakes: Hi Aria, I ve honestly never heard of feeding fish red ants. I suggest to get him off this diet though and try some nutrafin or tetrafin tropical fish flakes. From what I ve seen fish love these flakes. I really dont think you should continue the fish on...

Fish: about my betta, slime layer, betta fish
slime layer, betta fish, water bubbles: Hello Chrissy- This slime layer is actually caused by air conditioning units. It s harmless, but you should skim it off with a net so the betta doesn t eat too much of it. (Don t worry, I ve got it too!) The white tail tips may be new fin growing,...

Fish: betta acting diffrent, swim bladder, bladder problem
swim bladder, bladder problem, bladder problems: Hi Sam; He may be too cold and/or could have a swim bladder problem. Be sure his water is at least 76 to 80 degrees. Put his tank in a warm place. A desk lamp or other light source that puts off heat is helpful. Bettas are tropical fish so if they are too...

Fish: my betta is acting funny, digestive trouble, chris robbins
digestive trouble, chris robbins, gallon tank: Hi Tracy; Sounds like digestive trouble that is causing gas in his belly. Feed him thawed-out frozen green peas. Just peel one and break off tiny bits to feed him. It may take a day or two, but don t feed him any other foods until he is having good bowel...

Fish: my betta is acting strange, male bettas, female bettas
male bettas, female bettas, betta fish: Hi Kalindi, It is a very good thing that you separated the fish quickly - male and female bettas are not supposed to be housed together. Male bettas cannot be kept with other male bettas, either: it is only the females that can be housed together, with...

Fish: betta being very aggressive, blood worms, poland spring
blood worms, poland spring, betta fish: Okay, you should definatly pick up some Melafix and Pimafix from your local pet store. Or if what your friend is giving you treats fungal or bacterial infections. Using them together at the correct dose should help you see a huge improvement in your fish....

Fish: My betta ate a spider!, bettatalk, chris robbins
bettatalk, chris robbins, lucky duck: Hi Michelle; Eeeeewwww! I HATE spiders! I love Clifford already! Seriously though, it won t hurt him at all. Bugs of all kinds are great for bettas. To help Mr. Packerfish live a long and productive spider-hunting life, here are some web pages to help...

Fish: My betta BB (that is his name), swim bladder disorder, food pellets
swim bladder disorder, food pellets, water shock: Hi Crystal; Poor guy. It sounds like it could be a swim bladder disorder. Here is a link to info about it; http://www.petfish.net/kb/entry/31/338/ I am not a fan of food blocks. Bettas don t usually like them so they just sit there and rot. If he...

Fish: betta bad color, can't swim, swim bladder, little fella
swim bladder, little fella, size tanks: Hi Tina; Poor little guy. His swim bladder has failed. The best you can do for him is to keep his tank as warm as possible and change the water a couple of times a week so he can heal. Once a fish loses the use of their swim bladder it usually doesn t return,...

Fish: betta behavior, maracyn 2, betta fish
maracyn 2, betta fish, pet store: Sorry for my late response, I ve been buy moving into a new place. As for your Betta it sounds like he might have some kind of infection. If you can t physically see anything wrong with him, it could be internal. His behavior is not normal, and I would...

Fish: betta behaviour, siamese fighting fish, size tank
siamese fighting fish, size tank, first few days: Hi Jessica- I ve noticed that when two males first start living as neighbors, there s usually one dominant male who does most of the flaring. Then, after a week, the second male gets tired of being picked on and decides to fight back. It s perfectly normal,...

Fish: betta all better!, swim bladder, bladder problem
swim bladder, bladder problem, digestive troubles: Hi Sheri; Wow! That s great! I m so glad Nemo is well again. It probably was overfeeding. It s pretty common actually. Digestive troubles will often affect the swim bladder too. Those systems are close to each other. If he will eat chunks of peeled...

Fish: betta bowl temperature (followup), chris robbins, night glow
chris robbins, night glow, green pea: Hi Kerry; A heating pad or a reptile night glow bulb will work too. The night glow bulbs keep the light from being seen by the fish (or reptile) but they still get the heat they need. Just be very careful with them. Don t allow it to get too close to the...

Fish: betta breeding, tank divider, betta fry
tank divider, betta fry, bubble nest: Hey Patricia, Generally, Males and females will mix well, however, there have been cases noted in which a male needlessly attacked female(s) unprovoked. The reason for this, most assume, is that the male became confused, and mistook the female for another...

Fish: betta breeding, betta breeding, minimal interest
betta breeding, minimal interest, couple questions: Hello Chris, Some males can be stubborn, meaning they dont want to spawn, so they take the easy way out and eat the eggs. Theres nothing you can do when they do this, just set them aside with a sticker on the tank that says, DUD! :) For your second question,...

Fish: betta breeding, high protein foods, breeding bettas
high protein foods, breeding bettas, fin shapes: Hi Mariana; They can indeed be bred together because they are both Betta Splendens. They just have different fin shapes. You will need two tanks, one of ten gallons or larger for the spawning tank that the male lives in and another tank for the female...

Fish: betta breeding...., male betta, scence
male betta, scence, sone: HI, THIS IS TOTALLYNOT TRUE! first of all because i have bread sone in a small comunity tank.......anyways you should give the male a selection between at least 2-3 females this will actually reduce stress, along with buying them 1 or 2 live plants to distribute...

Fish: betta with bubble under eye, chris robbins, gallon tank
chris robbins, gallon tank, betta: Hi Ann; It may just be a fluid-filled sac under the skin that fish sometimes develop. If it starts to look reddish, fungused or otherwise infected you might want to try some medication. Keep his water very clean to help avoid infection and boost his immunity....

Fish: betta & too many bubbles in his water, lots of bubbles, bubble nest
lots of bubbles, bubble nest, chris robbins: Hi Tina; The bubbles are because he is a happy boy! He has made a bubble nest to prepare for a female to spawn with. Male Bettas get about 3 inches long. Here is more info about bettas in general, including pics; http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/anabantids2/p/betta.htm...

Fish: betta bubbles, breeding bettas, little fella
breeding bettas, little fella, blow bubbles: Hi Elizabeth; It means he s a happy little fella! He is making a bubble nest to prepare for any females that might come along. It s okay that he doesn t have a mate though. She would not be welcome in there once spawning takes place. The male cares for...

Fish: betta bulge on right side, cichlid research, epsom salt
cichlid research, epsom salt, hospital tank: Hi Cmom3, Unfortunately bulges often indicate tumors and that sort of thing for which there is very little that you can do. Many fish live a long time with such bulges but I don t know of any treatment for the bulge. Sorry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: betta with bulging eye, bulging eye, chris robbins
bulging eye, chris robbins, pop eye: Hi Lynn; Sounds like a condition known as pop-eye . Here are a couple of links to info about it; http://www.flippersandfins.net/pop-eye.htm http://www.fishjunkies.com/Diseases/popeye.php I hope he feels better soon.... At Your Service; Chris...

Fish: betta care, cichlid research, blood worms
cichlid research, blood worms, best food: Hi Ali, Bloodworms are fine if that s what he will eat. Don t feed him so much that he gets fat. Wild fish are always just a little hungry.... that keeps them healthy. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: betta care, blood worms, cause pollution
blood worms, cause pollution, excess food: Hi Stacey; With a few changes and treatment for his fungus, he should improve very soon. Feed him only once per day, change 25% of his water weekly and use tap water instead of distilled. Once per day is plenty to feed a betta. Make sure he eats all...

Fish: betta color loss, windy chicago, bettatalk
windy chicago, bettatalk, watt heater: Good afternoon Sage, Fish don t like to be introduced to all new water. The water they swim in is their environment after all. What if someone picked you up from windy Chicago and dropped you into the arid Arizona desert? I know that s a little extreme,...

Fish: betta community tank, 10 gallon aquarium, neon tetras
10 gallon aquarium, neon tetras, community tank: HI CAM!!! I m sorry, I m not at all ignoring you, it s just been very hectic these last few days. I m going to skip right to your next question so I can answer them both at the same time since they have to do with the Bettas. So hop on over to your next...

Fish: betta companions?, muddy puddles, gallon setup
muddy puddles, gallon setup, size tank: Hey again, Plecos typically grow with their environment. At about 4 inches, he wont grow larger in a 15 gallon tank. In a 150 gallon tank, he ll reach around 11-13 inches. In a 7000 gallon setup, i ve seen a pleco reach approx. 17 inches. Although unhealthy...

Fish: betta company, male bettas, snail friend
male bettas, snail friend, water snail: Hello Jessica- Just want to warn you ahead of time: I placed a snail in a tank with one of my females, and she pulled it apart (and the tank was horribly messy afterwards!) If your bettas show aggression toward the snail, you may want to remove it before...

Fish: betta compatibility, white cloud minnows, neon tetras
white cloud minnows, neon tetras, neon tetra: Hi Cam; You have to take it very slow with a new tank. The beneficial bacteria in a new tank isn t mature enough to handle a full load of fish yet. You will want to wait before adding any more until it fully stabilizes in a few weeks. It may look okay...

Fish: betta compatibility, white cloud minnows, neon tetras
white cloud minnows, neon tetras, cichlid research: Hi Cam, I think you may be trying to put too many things in a 10 gallon tank. Keep in mind that a 10 gallon tank is not a huge amount of space, and half of that is not very much space at all. It is better to have a few fish that are happy than try to put...

Fish: betta compatibility, white cloud minnows, neon tetras
white cloud minnows, neon tetras, neon tetra: Hi Cam. I was just wondering how you made out or if you ve made a decision. Please write me back and mark the message as private, I ll explain why when I get your message. (In case you re not sure, there is a box that you can mark to keep the message private...

Fish: betta compatiblity, cichlid research, male betta
cichlid research, male betta, kinds of fish: Hi Megan, I would be very cautious about putting a male betta with cichlids. Many cichlids are highly territorial. Bettas are highly territorial. The two MIGHT not go well together. I have seen gouramis live okay with bettas. Also many kinds...

Fish: betta is constantly flaring, tank glass, chris robbins
tank glass, chris robbins, new tank: Hi Michelle; Sounds like he s happy and peppy! Some experts think it s bad for bettas to do that all the time, but I have had many bettas and never found it to be a problem. Some bettas even flare at their owners when they come around the tank or feed them....

Fish: betta and convict fish, convict fish, 30 gallon tank
convict fish, 30 gallon tank, cichlid research: Hi Bob, It is most definitely a male betta. Only males have long fins. Coexistence with other bettas (or with convicts) depends entirely on tank size. If it is less than a 30 gallon tank, I wouldn t try it with the convicts. A male and a female...

Fish: betta darting, epsom salts, reverse osmosis water
epsom salts, reverse osmosis water, flubenol: Hi Mouse; Sounds like constipation. Don t use the meds. Those in particular are meant for parasites and if he is sick already they could make him more sick. He needs epsom salts. It s the same stuff people put in warm water to soak their feet in. You can...

Fish: betta death, copper pipes, fish water
copper pipes, fish water, metallic objects: Hey Juliana, Generally, metallic objects like copper are slow to rust and oxidize in water, so after 5 days, I d have to put my bets on something else. I mean, after all, our tap water runs through copper pipes and into a faucet, right? However, copper...

Fish: betta deaths, breeding betta, bubble nest
breeding betta, bubble nest, males and females: Males and Females are generally very aggressive toward each other, especially when they want to mate. The females can be more aggressive than the male! Theres probably a 5% chance you can get males and female to live together in harmony. And thats being positive....

Fish: will my betta die?, poor water quality, north hollywood california
poor water quality, north hollywood california, male betta: Well, Ashley, fin rot is very common and not necessarily fatal. But, it s easier to prevent than to cure. The most common cause of bacterial infection in fish is poor water quality. When the water quality goes down so does the ability of the fish to ward...

Fish: My betta died!, swim bladder, bladder problem
swim bladder, bladder problem, fish store: Hi Kailyn; I m so sorry your fish died. What a shame. Bettas will jump sometimes so it s best to have a cover over their tank or bowl. Be sure it has little tiny holes in the lid though. Your fish needs oxygen. Since he was having trouble getting to the...

Fish: betta dying?, stress coat, good bacteria
stress coat, good bacteria, first fish: hi stephanie i think your fish is sick. You should never empty your aquarium or change it s enviroment. This could put stress to the fish and also remove good bacteria, that help fish. you should also remove about 20-30% of the water. When you did a water...

Fish: is my betta dying, partial water changes, betta
partial water changes, betta, indigestion: Its in shock. Get your water warm, put it near a lamp, you want it around 80 degrees, do partial water changes every 5 days, 1/4th the water. make sure you are keeping him warm. I would also consider feeding your betta boiled peas with the cover removed. This...

Fish: Is my betta dying?, beta fish, purple shades
beta fish, purple shades, mercutio: Hello Danielle, I have never heard of this before. I guess he could be just getting old. Bettas go threw many color changes in there life but i have never heard of a betta shrinking before. Im very sorry i couldnt help very much. Hope This Helps Kyle...

Fish: My betta is dying?, fish tanks, volunteer expert
fish tanks, volunteer expert, freshwater aquarium: Chris has been unable to answer your question due to computer failure. You can ask another volunteer expert or post your question on the forum at our sister site About.com in the freshwater aquarium section. There are many knowledgable members there that should...

Fish: betta eating, beta bites, freeze dryed
beta bites, freeze dryed, betta food: Hello Shaun, Tropical Fish flake foods will not get your betta with the nutrients he needs. You will need to go to the store and get some freeze dryed worms, (they will be in the fish section by the betta food) or another type of betta food. Bettas to be...

Fish: betta not eating, blood worms, chris robbins
blood worms, chris robbins, bettas: Hi Patty; Check his water temperature. If bettas are kept under 75 degrees they often stop eating. Their metabolism becomes too slow to digest anything so they don t even want to eat. Raise the temperature to 78 to 80. Also look at his belly to see if it...

Fish: betta eyes turned white, fish store, chris robbins
fish store, chris robbins, degrees fahrenheit: Hi Erica; If it is inside the eye he either has cataracts or an infection. The only thing curable that can cause this is bacterial infection. Change his water frequently (twice a week), keep him very warm (82 degrees fahrenheit) and use an antibiotic called...

Fish: betta's feeding & playing, cichlid research, betta
cichlid research, betta, lunch: Hi Susan, It is easy to get attached to bettas. And yes, it does actually know you and you can train them. Just be patient and the little guy will learn your habits. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: My betta fell out!!! and is dieing i think!, fin rot, top fin
fin rot, top fin, gills: Well i m sorry to tell you but it sounds like he has fin rot and fungus. To treat the fin-rot i would use melafix andd for the fluff i would use jungles Fungus Clear . For the eating problem he sounds like he is stressed if he doesn t eat with the food your...

Fish: my betta fighting fsh, betta fighting fish, cancerous tumor
betta fighting fish, cancerous tumor, chris robbins: Hi Kathy; Since he is eating and acting well I don t suspect infection. He may be constipated or he has a benign (non-cancerous)tumor. There isn t anything you can do for a tumor but you could treat for constipation and see how it goes. Here is a link to...

Fish: betta fin problem, cichlid research, water changes
cichlid research, water changes, fins: Hi Sam, I assume that you are doing regular weekly water changes and that otherwise your fish is happy and healthy. If so, it could just be that he is getting old. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: betta fin rot... and a snail..., fin and tail rot, partial water changes
fin and tail rot, partial water changes, aquarium salt: Hi Jessica. In order to properly help you with your question, I need to know what type of tank your fish is in, and if you have filtration and a heater or not. First off, if your Betta is in a bowl , you need to perform weekly complete water changes....

Fish: betta fin, aquarium salt, fin rot
aquarium salt, fin rot, melafix: Hello Lori- Don t worry about the color changes in your little one - I ve got a steel blue betta that s been growing white scales on his chin and cheeks. It s perfectly normal, it s just takes time for them to grow into their adult coloration. As for...

Fish: betta fins, chris robbins, mushi
chris robbins, mushi, spider web: Hi Joan; I apologize for your question going unanswered so long. The AllExpert system has not been sending me all my questions. Your betta may have finrot. Keep his water very clean and look at this web page for suggestions on treatments; http://www.mushi.petfish.net/finrot.html...

Fish: betta's fins, fungus remedy, white fungus
fungus remedy, white fungus, betta fish: Hi Shannon; If there was infection in the middle of the fin it can break off at that point. The medicine wouldn t cause that, but the medicne will kill the infection and the dead skin or fins are falling away to make room for new ones. They will grow back...

Fish: betta fish, chris robbins, aquatronics
chris robbins, aquatronics, antibiotic: Hi Greg; He may have an infection. Try Kanacyn by Aquatronics. It is an antibiotic that gets inside the fish where the infection is. Keep his water as warm and as clean as you can. This helps him fight off infection and improve his metabolism. It is...

Fish: my betta and fish, fish bowls, tank syndrome
fish bowls, tank syndrome, nitrifying bacteria: Hi Mindy; What kind of algae eater is it? Plecostomus get pretty large and the chinese algae eater just gets mean. The safe one for tanks with small fish is the otocinclus. They get about one and a half inches long and are very docile. Hopefully you...

Fish: I have a betta fish, aquarium plants, fish store
aquarium plants, fish store, betta fish: Hi Corina; Bettas need light for heat if the room temperature is below 75. Also for us to be able to see them. For decorations, live or silk aquarium plants work the best as far as plants go. Plastic ones sometimes get caught on and tear the betta s...

Fish: betta fish, aquarium water, fish tank
aquarium water, fish tank, water conditioner: Hi Candice; He has finrot. To get him back on the road to recovery, change his bowl using fresh tap water. Be sure the new water is the same temperature as his old water and add water conditioner. Change the water every 2 days to keep bacteria and fungi...

Fish: betta fish, cichlid research, coulor
cichlid research, coulor, hi bob: Hi Bob, There are some bettas that are naturally white. If it was fungus, the fish would actually look a bit fluffy, sort of like it had a bit of cotton on it. There are various medicines for fungus -- I use a product called Paragon II. -- Ron...

Fish: betta fish, fish food flakes, good bacteria
fish food flakes, good bacteria, beta fish: Hi Jessica, The good news is that bettas are pretty easy to care for. Because they normally come from swampy waters with low oxygen in Southeast Asia, they are air breathers. That means that they can breathe air at the surface of the water and so they...

Fish: betta fish, female betta fish, bubble nest
female betta fish, bubble nest, male bettas: Hi Betty; Bettas are egglayers so she will not have babies . She needs a male to spawn with after he builds a bubble nest for the eggs. The male cares for the eggs and the babies. You will have to remove her so she isn t hurt or killed by him. Male bettas...

Fish: betta fish, bladder disorder, betta fish
bladder disorder, betta fish, upsidedown: Hi Hilaire, This sounds alot like SBD (swim bladder disorder). See, sometimes fish get too much oxygen in their swim bladder which helps control their depth in the water. When this happens, the fish starts floating upsidedown but is still alive. To cure...

Fish: betta fish, cichlid research, bettas
cichlid research, bettas, betta fish: Hi David, When you say that you changed his water recently , what does recently mean? You should be changing about 25% of his water at least once a week, every week. It is also possible that Auto is getting old. Bettas don t live much over a...

Fish: betta fish, worman, pond water
worman, pond water, distilled water: Hello David- Distilled water is actually bad for fish. It doesn t contain any useful minerals, and in essence, you re depriving your fish of nutrients. Try adding some spring water, or--if you can get some--pond water, and be sure the water is warm (80...

Fish: betta fish, cichlid research, grey color
cichlid research, grey color, something in the water: Hi Linda, Hmmm... that sounds like there is something in the water that is really bothering him. Be sure that no soap or any other chemicals could be getting in the water. Soap is really dangerous for fish. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: betta fish, bottled drinking water, fish forum
bottled drinking water, fish forum, chris robbins: Hi Danella; Some say it isn t good for them to flare all the time, but I have never had any trouble with my fish. If it worries you get another bowl and they will both have more room too. If you want to use bottled water that s fine. Just make it spring...

Fish: betta fish, tap water, betta fish
tap water, betta fish, couple days: Two possible causes, first just pure shock from moving, Its best not to feed fish for 24 hours after you place them in a new home. The other cause would be environmental, make sure the bowl is in the warmest place in the house, you want the water to be...

Fish: betta fish, swim bladder disorder, epsom salt
swim bladder disorder, epsom salt, chris robbins: Hi Riane; It sounds like a swim bladder disorder related to constipation. Peas are the remedy but you can use epsom salt baths too. Here are some web pages about it; http://groups.msn.com/TheBettaObsession/epsomsaltbath.msnw http://www.healthybetta.com/articles/Illness%20Diagonsis/constipation.html...

Fish: betta fish, aquarium salt, water conditioner
aquarium salt, water conditioner, pop eye: Hello Ryan- The symptoms sounds like a bacterial infection, along with a case of pop-eye. Popeye itself is not lethal, but the other infection may be. Firstly, make sure the water is very warm (80 F) to help kill off some of the bacteria. Secondly, add...

Fish: betta fish, betta fish, pellets
betta fish, pellets, muffin: Make sure hes warm, place him in the warmest place in the house, you want the tank/bowl to be 78 to 82 degrees warm. They wont eat if they re cold or scared. So dont stand over the tank and watch to carefully at first. You are a giant, remember that :) ...

Fish: betta fish, pet betta, poo
pet betta, poo, niece: Hi Ashley, I think if the water was already dirty mabey the fish picked up dirt from the sides on its fins. By dirt I mean fish poo and ick on the side of the tank. If you can tell its actually coming from the fish I would suggest talking to another expert...

Fish: betta fish, tropicalfishcentre, tank
tropicalfishcentre, tank, fish: Hi Liz, This is no normal behaivior. It could be that it is injured somehow bu if not I dont hae enough details to diagnose it with disease. Go to this website to diagnos it. http://www.tropicalfishcentre.co.uk/Diseases1.htm I hope I helped, ...

Fish: betta fish, frozen brine shrimp, mouth fungus
frozen brine shrimp, mouth fungus, betta fish: Hi Mike; Bettas can go over two weeks with no food so he has time. Try putting his tank in a warmer spot and offer some more tasty foods like frozen brine shrimp and blood worms. If that doesn t work he may need a stronger medicine. Melafix is a great support...

Fish: betta fish, little fella, little puppy
little fella, little puppy, aggressive males: Hi Pam; Aren t they cute? So much personality for a fish! Opening his gills and spreading his fins is called flaring . It s a common betta behavior. He is actually reacting to your presence for a couple of different reasons. The most common is food. He...

Fish: betta fish, worman, betta fish
worman, betta fish, thick layer: Hello Connie- What you are seeing is called a bubblenest. It s perfectly normal, and seeing one means that your betta is happy and healthy. Bettas blow them to keep their eggs safe, but males will blow them even if no eggs are present. Try not to destroy...

Fish: betta fish, ph alkalinity, fish tank
ph alkalinity, fish tank, size tank: Ok you sound like you want to care for your fish and not leave him for weeks at a time and not clean the water ect. for these questions i m glad now to the answers. The size tank would be ok but the bigger the better. For a filter get something that would...

Fish: I have a betta fish that has..., epsom salts, side fins
epsom salts, side fins, chris robbins: Hi Rich; Try a pinch of epsom salts in his bowl. If it is caused by bloating, the epsom may be able to help him go . Make sure the water temperature is at least 78 degrees fahrenheit. Even 82 isn t too warm. Bettas are tropical and need water this warm,...

Fish: betta fish, maracyn 2, aquarium salt
maracyn 2, aquarium salt, chris robbins: Hi Karen; It is possible she has an infection. Change her water every day for a few days to help her immune system be stronger and keep her in a very warm place. Be certain that the new water is the same temperature as her old water to avoid shock. Also...

Fish: betta fish, female bettas, cichlid research
female bettas, cichlid research, pet store: Hi Celia, If he has large colorful fins then he is a male. Female bettas are much smaller than males and much less showy. Almost all the bettas you see in stores are males. You have to seek out female bettas specially. A good fish pet store will have...

Fish: betta fish, female betta fish, cichlid research
female betta fish, cichlid research, bubble nest: Hi Isabeau, Do you mean that her belly is swollen? If so, that could be a good sign that she is interested in laying eggs. Has the male built a bubble nest at the surface of the water? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: betta fish, female fish, aggressive fish
female fish, aggressive fish, female bettas: Hi. Bettas are aggressive fish, and will usually be less happy with company. I understand your concern, although I doubt he is lonely. Female Bettas will get on with each other more readily, but with the males, it is a different story. There are some other...

Fish: betta fish, ammonia nitrate, scourer
ammonia nitrate, scourer, ph test: If you hate fish I do not recommend keeping them, as it is difficult. You need tap water or bottled water that has been conditioned, and the chlorine/chloramine removed. Well water will have toxins in it that will kill the fish. You need to keep him in a...

Fish: betta fish, plecos, tropical fish
plecos, tropical fish, odds: Hey Inet, My gut says no, betta are not harmful to people and most tropical fish. However, there are some very common fish that are poisonous. Most of the common plecos with spines can be toxic to tropical fish if they are dumb enough to peck at it. If...

Fish: betta fish, flake food, brineshrimp
flake food, brineshrimp, betta fish: Hi, Well, make sure the tank is more than 5 UK Gallons (around 7 US Gallons) otherwise it is too small for you betta. It needs to have a filter and lighting, as well as a heater. Yes, you will need to use the lid in case he tries to escape. You also need...

Fish: betta fish, jug of water, fish tanks
jug of water, fish tanks, fish tank: Hi Laura, Nicole here, I m answering your question from the Question Pool where any one of us experts in Fish can answer. I take it your betta is established in his new tiny tank now. Just a few suggestions... Use the filtration that is provided, it will...

Fish: My betta fish, leaf extracts, epsom salt
leaf extracts, epsom salt, question pool: Hi Shelly, this is Nicole from the category Fish. I am answering your question from the Question Pool, since the expert you directed your question to is not available. Your question just became available to the rest of us. On behalf of AllExperts, apologies...

Fish: betta fish, chinese algae eater, brine shrimp
chinese algae eater, brine shrimp, algae growth: Hey Amanda, The green spots on your glass and fake plants are algae! Algae can be removed by a natural tank cleaner, like a chinese algae eater, or plecostomus (although i STRONGLY recommend an alternative method, for such a small tank). Commercial products...

Fish: betta fish, nitrite levels, poor fella
nitrite levels, poor fella, fish forum: Hi Michael; Poor fella. He is a senior citizen now and might not be as hungry as he used to be and just can t keep the food down that he wants to eat. Betta life span is 2 to 3 years and they are almost a year old when we buy them. Try raising the temperature...

Fish: betta fish, sand plants, sick fish
sand plants, sick fish, beta fish: Hello, if the medicine works use it, but it cant be nice seeing your fish sick like this all the time. I would recommend you to totally clean the tank, rocks/sand plants ornaments and all thoughraly to make sure the problem isn t in the tank (make sure you...

Fish: betta fish, cichlid research, mr bojangles
cichlid research, mr bojangles, first fish: Hi Melissa, When you change his water, do you put in water that is similar temperature to what was in the tank before? He does not seem to eat the tetracycline.. Assuming it is in a capsule, it is supposed to dissolve in the water; he isn t supposed...

Fish: betta fish?, cichlid research, fish stores
cichlid research, fish stores, female bettas: Hi Janae, Unfortunately that doesn t sound good. If it has long fins, it is a boy. Girl bettas have short fins and are generally much less colorful than males. You don t see female bettas in most fish stores because most people want the colorful males....

Fish: betta fish, cichlid research, fish tank
cichlid research, fish tank, betta fish: Hi Kay, You can use bleach but be sure to leave the tank dry for a couple of days after you wash out the bleach and then wash it out thoroughly again after that. By wash, I mean with lots of water -- never put ANY soap anywhere near a fish tank. --...

Fish: betta fish, cichlid research, fish name
cichlid research, fish name, walmart: Hi Sharay, Actually that is a good sign. Bettas can change color and warming him up has made him feel better. You can feed him flakes and/or pellets. Remember that he is small and doesn t need that much food. Also, don t expect him to eat at first...

Fish: betta fish, betta fish, dollar fish
betta fish, dollar fish, goldfish bowl: If your house is warm, he should be fine. I m not sure what to say about the belly problem, but if hes not bothered by it an his behavior hasn t changed, then I wouldn t worry for now. As for the conditioner its fine, all fish conditioners are pretty much...

Fish: my betta fish, internal parasites, beta fish
internal parasites, beta fish, happy fish: 3 years is a very long time for a Betta to live, especially one that was bought in a pet store, if that was the case. It could be his time to go, however I d check him over for anything on his body that looks unusual. Something that might be hard to notice...

Fish: betta fish, swim bladder disorder, chris robbins
swim bladder disorder, chris robbins, christmas eve: Hi Stan; Poor little guy. I think the water temperature is just fine so that should not be a problem. He may have a swim bladder disorder. Here is a good web page about and what you can do to help him; http://www.petfish.net/kb/entry/31/338/ I hope...

Fish: betta fish, freeze dried blood worms, cichlid research
freeze dried blood worms, cichlid research, mosquito larvae: Hi Robert, Do you have a heater in the tank? I find that as the weather gets colder, I get many questions about bettas becoming sluggish. The most common reason is that the water in the tank is too cold. Bettas are tropical fish and do best at water...

Fish: betta fish, veriaty, small tank
veriaty, small tank, male betta: Hi Sherry, whell it may be a good idea to buy him a small tank about 10 gallonds or so, and a great trick is to buy him a couple of real plants which makes the betta feel in a more natural and comfortable enviorment increasing your chanses of him mating.You...

Fish: We have a betta fish for about..., fish waste, lack of oxygen
fish waste, lack of oxygen, small tank: Hi Kevin; Goldfish and bettas are not compatable. Bettas are tropical and goldfish are cold water. Goldfish get big too so he would eat your poor betta eventually even if they do survive together. Goldfish need at least a 10 gallon tank with a good filter...

Fish: my betta fish., male bettas, betta fish
male bettas, betta fish, chris robbins: Hi Derek; This is very normal behavior for male bettas. They are trying to get each other out of their terretory by looking bigger. Their fins and tails expand and their gills flare out, so it s called flaring . Change their water at least once a week...

Fish: betta fish, blood gasses, partial water change
blood gasses, partial water change, swim bladder: Hi Shane; The swim bladder has to heal on it s own once it is damaged. The hard thing is, most fish never regain the use of their swim bladder once it fails. They can still live long happy lives otherwise though. It helps to lower the water level in the...

Fish: My betta fish's behavior?, fish tanks, plastic plants
fish tanks, plastic plants, chris robbins: Hi Allyson; He is enjoying himself so if I were you I wouldn t change a thing! Fighting for territory and breeding is what bettas live for. The warmer they are the more active they get too. Whatever the reason, he is happy. Enjoy! Followups welcome....

Fish: betta fish breeding, brine shrimp, little tanks
brine shrimp, little tanks, two tanks: Hi Sadie; No. I m afraid one gallon isn t big enough to breed bettas. You should know that even a ten gallon will not be enough. Once the male and female breed you have to move the female to her own tank. He will try to kill her because the father cares...

Fish: betta fish care, glass pebbles, fish care
glass pebbles, fish care, tank water: Hi Jacey, In answer to your questions: 1) Whatever your fish is used to will usually cause it the least amount of stress, and is therefore preferable to any other methods. Although with a net I would recommend wetting it (in tank water!) thoroughly so...

Fish: betta fish compatibility, bumblebee catfish, female bettas
bumblebee catfish, female bettas, neon tetras: Hello Samantha- Yes, it s true that male and female bettas will fight. It s also true that the female is usually the one who is killed - You shouldn t keep them together for more than 24 hours, if at all. Tank mates for bettas include zebrafish, white...

Fish: betta fish constipated, cichlid research, shrimp pellets
cichlid research, shrimp pellets, brine shrimp: Hi Rajiv, As a home remedy, the best thing is to try to get him to eat a little bit of thawed frozen peas. That often helps clear out the intestine. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: betta fish constipated, swim bladder disorder, mosquito larvae
swim bladder disorder, mosquito larvae, natural parasites: Hi Bob; Just fast him for 2 to 4 days and then feed him peeled green peas for after that. Fasting means no food at all for at least 2 days. It will help clear his digestion and then the peas can do their job as a laxative. You can use canned, thawed frozen,...

Fish: betta fish constipated?, frozen brine shrimp, epsom salts
frozen brine shrimp, epsom salts, laxative effect: Hi Debbie, this is Nicole from the category Fish. I am answering your question from the Question Pool, since the expert you directed your question to is not available. Your question just became available to the rest of us. On behalf of AllExperts, apologies...

Fish: betta fish-desperate-need help!, partial water changes, bladder problem
partial water changes, bladder problem, swim bladder: Hi Debbie; If he is having trouble getting to the top it s probably a swim bladder problem. Here is a link to info about it; http://www.petfish.net/articles/Bettas/swimbladder_betta.php I hope he feels better soon... At Your Service; Chris Robbin...

Fish: betta fish died, bad hair day, small tank
bad hair day, small tank, schooling fish: Hi Joanne; Poor Bubbles. So sorry you lost him. Bettas do need heat. That s most likely what caused his problems. Their temperature should be 75 to 80 all the time for optimum health. The bowl is too small to safely have a heater in it though. If you...

Fish: betta fish digestion, nitrite levels, flake food
nitrite levels, flake food, water parameters: Hi Natalie; It s okay that you don t have the water parameters. Most people don t test the water in really small tanks since the water is changed so often. If there is still leftover food on the bottom, clean the tank out. Rotting food can be deadly...

Fish: betta fish discoloration, dramatic color change, dramatic drop
dramatic color change, dramatic drop, worman: Hello Arletta- Such a dramatic color change is usually a sign of a dramatic drop in temperature. Be sure your betta s water is near 80 F, especially if you ve got air conditioning. If his water s not cold, write me back with your tank specifics so I...

Fish: betta fish disease?, swim bladder, chris robbins
swim bladder, chris robbins, gallon tank: Hi Alyssa; You ve taken very good care of him to have lived such a long life. It sounds like his age is taking it s toll now and his swim bladder is failing. There really isn t a lot you can do but here is a link to an article about it; http://www.petfish.net/kb/entry/31/338/...

Fish: what do betta fish eat?, brine shrimp, male betta
brine shrimp, male betta, s finger: Your best bet is to feed your Betta pellets and only giving him treats like freeze dried bloodworms or brine shrimp as a treat, maybe once a week and in very small amounts. Too much food will cause your Betta to become constipated. Remember, your Betta s finger...

Fish: betta fish not eating; lies sideways, little chunks, natural antibiotics
little chunks, natural antibiotics, christine robbins: Hi Christine; The swollen area below his gills may be his belly getting bloated from constipation. Get his temperature up to 80 or 82 degrees. It will help his digestion and metabolism improve so he can heal. His body may still be affected by whatever caused...

Fish: betta fish/and there eggs, gallon tank, good chance
gallon tank, good chance, dominance: Hi Jadalina. As with any fish, if they don t get along you re going to have to separate them. Since they are able to get on in a small surrounding, you can get a 2 1/2 gallon or 5 gallon tank for one. You don t say how they are housed right now, but if...

Fish: betta fish/and there eggs, contract pneumonia, bubble nest
contract pneumonia, bubble nest, 10 gallon tank: Jadalina, Yes you can put the females together. It is not unusual for her to run away or get beat up a abit use your best judgement if she hasn t released her eggs and he is beating her up badly. We don t...

Fish: betta fish/and there eggs, lots of bubbles, bubble nest
lots of bubbles, bubble nest, male betta: Jadalina, You can get a female at your local pet shop.Actually this is a long drawn out process. If your male has blown his bubble nest you can add a female. He will not be easy on her. He will eventually...

Fish: betta fish fat stomach, male betta, pet store
male betta, pet store, stomach: Hi Grace, Your fish probably has dropsy. It s not that serious because it s not really a disease yet but it can turn into one so you should take care of it. I ll give a website that can help you with doing that. http://www.tropicalfishcentre.co.uk/Diseases1.htm...

Fish: i have two betta fish a female & a male, breeding betta, betta fish
breeding betta, betta fish, beta: Hello Larry, The system is VERY complicated and it is very hard for me to put it into words on here, so i am going to give you a link the BEST breeding betta site. Theres a lot to know so concentrate hard. http://www.aquarticles.com/articles/breeding/kick_beta-breeding.html...

Fish: betta fish filter, partial water changes, aquarium plants
partial water changes, aquarium plants, tetra whisper: Hi Lyn; If this is the one; http://www.tetra-fish.com/catalog/product.aspx?id=565 then it is adequate for the tank but it may have quite a bit of flow. One way to decrease water movement is with plenty of decorations. Soft live or artificial aquarium plants...

Fish: betta fish fin, fish fin, chris robbins
fish fin, chris robbins, fin rot: Hi Chris; Sounds like a case of fin rot. It can be very serious. Here are good articles about it and what to do; http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/disease/p/finrot.htm http://www.bettatalk.com/betta_diseases.htm (scroll down to the finrot section) ...

Fish: betta fish fin, plant bacteria, fish fin
plant bacteria, fish fin, fin rot: Hello Bella- I ve heard a lot of this recently; It may be caused by a fast acting fin rot, or a plant bacteria. I really can t say for sure, but we can treat the wound now that the damage is done. Melafix (a plant extract) works miracles for bettas....

Fish: betta fish fins, fish fins, cold temperatures
fish fins, cold temperatures, bettas: Hello Meg- Have you changed his water recently? What you describe sounds like the symptoms of dirty water, rather than cold temperatures. Is the water milky-looking or bad smelling? A healthy environment should have no smell and clear water. 74-76 F...

Fish: betta fish floating, coloured rocks, aquarium salt
coloured rocks, aquarium salt, air sac: Hi Kerry; It is indeed from indigestion and gas in the intestines. He needs to be warm all the time. Bettas bodies just can t work properly without the temperature being 78 degrees all the time. To avoid it in the future keep him warmer and feed him green...

Fish: betta fish ill, betta fish, maracyn two
betta fish, maracyn two, chris robbins: Hi Sandy; Poor guy. It sounds like an internal infection or some other internal problem such as cancer. I usually recommend an antibiotic that absorbs into the fish such as Maracyn Two or Kanamycin. The trouble is that when fish start to flip over they...

Fish: betta fish jumped, fins falling off, melafix, good nutrition
melafix, good nutrition, petsmart: Hello Sarah- Hope you get this response, I had some trouble replying to your question. Anyhow, your little guy should be just fine. If he made it for 24 hours, he should be back to normal in no time. Bettas are pretty strong when it comes to surviving...

Fish: betta fish light in tank, tiny flecks, fish light
tiny flecks, fish light, algae growth: Hi, Tropical fish don t actually need light to survive, they will be perfectly happy in the darkness, but we usually have lights in our tanks for 2 reasons: 1) So we can actually see our fish easily. 2) Plants need light, so if your tank has live plants,...

Fish: My betta fish makes strange noises, cichlid research, labyrinth organ
cichlid research, labyrinth organ, mouthful of air: Hi Chelsea, Actually bettas are air-breathing fish. They are perfectly fine breathing at the surface. They have a special organ called a labyrinth organ that allows them to take a mouthful of air and get the oxygen into their bloodstream. That is why...

Fish: Is my betta fish okay?, frozen brine shrimp, betta fish
frozen brine shrimp, betta fish, chris robbins: Hi Erin; Bettas often don t eat for the first couple of days or so because everything is new and they are often in shock. Once that period is over, he may need a water change though. In a half gallon tank, 100% needs to be changed twice a week. They spit...

Fish: My betta fish is producing some kind of filmy stuff in the water =(, white strands, aquarium salt
white strands, aquarium salt, salt treatments: Hello Sora- The white strands you are seeing are probably either a fungus of some sort or a bacterial infection. You ll want to change the water daily (be sure to use a water conditioner before each change) and add a small dose of aquarium salt at each...

Fish: betta fish really hurt or just pretending to be dead?, chris robbins, betta fish
chris robbins, betta fish, five feet: Hi Monica; You ve certainly done what you can to help him. It s good that you were home when it happened! Just keep him in the dark and keep his water as warm as you can. He s probably in shock so you may not know for sure if he is badly injured right away....

Fish: betta fish sick or not, grey patches, chris robbins
grey patches, chris robbins, sebastion: Hi Tracy; It doesn t sound good. Bettas live to be about 2 to 3 years and are already at least 6 months old when we buy them. He is an old guy now. To help him be more comfortable, put his tank in the warmest spot you can find. Higher temperatures usually...

Fish: betta fish sick!, cichlid research, water changes
cichlid research, water changes, betta fish: Hi Elizabeth, It is very possible that your betta is just getting old. They don t live very long. I am assuming that you are doing regular water changes on his tank, i.e., changing some water at least once a week? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: betta fish sick, cichlid research, slime coat
cichlid research, slime coat, chloramine: Hi Ashley, You might need fungus medicine. Getting a new bowl was the right thing to do. I strongly suggest that you do water changes of about 25% every day for the next few days. Concentrate on getting the water near the surface (maybe use a cup or...

Fish: Is my betta fish sick?, volunteer expert, freshwater aquarium
volunteer expert, freshwater aquarium, knowledgable members: Chris has been unable to answer your question due to computer failure. You can ask another volunteer expert or post your question on the forum at our sister site About.com in the freshwater aquarium section. There are many knowledgable members there that should...

Fish: betta fish silver spot?, cichlid research, sure what kind
cichlid research, sure what kind, good bacteria: Hi Kelly, Once a week should be fine. You also want to be careful NOT to ever give a fish tank too good of a cleaning. If you REALLY clean it, you actually kill off all the good bacteria that help stabilize the water. It is best to give it a moderate...

Fish: betta fish stays at top of tank, frozen brine shrimp, tiny chunks
frozen brine shrimp, tiny chunks, chris robbins: Hi Stacey; He may have overeaten and is constipated. They can t digest their food that way so gas develops. Or, he has swallowed too much air with his food. Feed him a cooked, cooled green pea squished from it s little round shell. Squish it into tiny...

Fish: betta fish not swimming, treatable cause, swim bladder
treatable cause, swim bladder, chris robbins: Hi Dwight; I m so sorry it took so long to answer your question. I thought I already answered it Friday, but here it is! Again, so sorry.... He probably has a failed swim bladder. Poor guy. It could have been the cooler temperature in the room, but...

Fish: betta fish's swollen and bloated belly, betta fish, bloated belly
betta fish, bloated belly, alage: hi, In that case what you could do is limit the feeding. You should only feed the fish 2 times a day. Also when you putting a food, make sure his eaten all. Don t put too much, this could make your fish sick. Also take a time to clean a tank every week, change...

Fish: betta fish can't stay at bottom of bowl, little chunks, chris question
little chunks, chris question, fish forum: Hi Steve; He s constipated and has developed gas in his belly. Feed him green peas broken up into little chunks. The peas act as a laxative and help him expel the gas too. Also make sure that his water temperature is high enough so he can digest properly....

Fish: betta fish tanks, brine shrimp, fish tanks
brine shrimp, fish tanks, fish waste: Hi Kristy; Two to four pellets a day is just fine. Overfeeding can be deadly to bettas. Give them a variety of different things. Once or twice a week I feed mine freeze dried bloodworms or frozen brine shrimp instead of the pellets. It helps their digestion...

Fish: My betta fish (I've had him for less than a month, already problems), accurate temperature control, ph acidity
accurate temperature control, ph acidity, small tank: Hey V, Wow. That s all I can say to that. Wow. First off, the specialist you spoke with has no idea what their talking about. Bettafix is your best bet, take the pimafix back. Pimafix works sort of, as preventative only. After an infection arises, I...

Fish: betta fish water, fish water, dechlorinator
fish water, dechlorinator, weird water: Hi Sharay. I ve never heard of anything like this, and ewwww!! If I would have to venture a guess, I would say it has something to do with the bottled water. I wouldn t recommend using it, it s missing important vitamins and minerals that regular tap water...

Fish: betta fish water, fish lives, fish water
fish lives, fish water, sharay: Sharay, I am sooooooo sorry babe, but he probably has dropsy. It is almost always fatal. You can soothe him by adding epsom salt to his water to try to draw out the excess fluid. 1 teaspoon per 5 gallons...

Fish: betta fish, going through the motions, bubble nest
going through the motions, bubble nest, chris robbins: Hi Val; He is probably thinking his tail is another male betta. I have had some do this before. Put a mirror next to the tank for him to fight with. He lives to defend breeding territory. This is why he is making bubbles in the top of the tank. The bubbles...

Fish: Another betta fix ?, laxative effect, chris robbins
laxative effect, chris robbins, small tank: You might want to try the epsom bath treatment. If he isn t eating he may need the laxative effect that way instead. Here s the link again to save you time looking for it; http://groups.msn.com/TheBettaObsession/epsomsaltbath.msnw At Your Service; Chris...

Fish: betta floating, fish stores, overreaction
fish stores, overreaction, gills: Hi Elizabeth; So sorry I didn t get your first reply. The AllExperts system burps like that sometimes. His problem eating isn t what troubles me. Fish can go a very long time without eating. Since he can t keep his mouth closed and sometimes has his...

Fish: betta food, crowntail betta, brine shrimp
crowntail betta, brine shrimp, partial water change: Hello Debbie- Here s a list of some good things you can feed your betta: - betta pellets (the standard, contain everything a betta needs and should be the bulk of the diet.) - bloodworms (nutritious and a good change of pace, contain extra nutrients...

Fish: betta food, frozen brine shrimp, high protein diet
frozen brine shrimp, high protein diet, diet computer: Hi Debbie, Certainly. While bettas are carnivores and need a high protein diet (opposite of goldfish) they do occasionally get stopped up and need a laxative food. Frozen brine shrimp, which is mostly moisture, has this effect. Frozen mysis shrimp has...

Fish: betta food, mosquito larvae, brine shrimp
mosquito larvae, brine shrimp, flake food: Hi Jessica, I wouldn t feed them mosquitos or mosquito larvae you caught yourself because bettas can catch diseases from mosquitoes just as people can. Farm-raised live food is more safe. To give them a bit of variety, try buying a pelleted betta food...

Fish: betta health, maracyn two, betta fish
maracyn two, betta fish, gills: Hello Karen, Your betta is obviously sick. I would suggest taking him out of the tank he is in and putting him in a temporarey tank and clean the other tank out thouroly. Then take him out and put him back in it and still treat him in the temporary tank until...

Fish: My betta has a hernia?, office cubicle, aquarium salt
office cubicle, aquarium salt, small intestine: Dear Amy- Sorry to hear about your little one! I ve never heard of anything like this occurring with bettas, so I really can t offer any personal advice. I would, though, recommend that you keep his water incredibly clean and at least 80 F, and add a...

Fish: betta with hole above eye, male betta, beta fish
male betta, beta fish, hole in the head disease: nerina, I have never heard of a betta having hole in the head disease, but i guess it can happen.....medicating with harsh chemicals in a usually not filtered tank is hard ... I would recommend you direct...

Fish: betta home, signs of stress, water signs
signs of stress, water signs, fin rot: Hello Kyle- As long as you re keeping the water clean, bettas can survive for quite some time in containers that hold a gallon or so of water. Signs of stress to watch out for: tail biting, sulking on the bottom, not building a nest for more than a month,...

Fish: betta ich, frozen brine shrimp, male betta
frozen brine shrimp, male betta, blood worms: Hi Jenna; Bettas can go for 3 weeks without food so there is still time. The trauma he went through just completely squashed his appetite. He may need to be in a warmer place and may need more water changes too. Bettas like to be about 80 degrees. Change...

Fish: betta ick?, chris robbins, fin area
chris robbins, fin area, quart size: Hi Connie; Sounds like an infection caused by bacteria. Here are web site links with pictures to see if you can identify and treat his problem from the info there; http://www.mushi.petfish.net/bettadisease.html http://www.bettatalk.com/betta_diseases.htm...

Fish: my betta is ill, water test kit, water quality issues
water test kit, water quality issues, aquarium salt: Good evening Polly, thank you for your question. How much water do you change out at a time? Perhaps you are changing too much at a time. 30% would be an average sized change-out in my opinion, 50% at the most, unless there is an emergency. It depends largely...

Fish: My betta isn't eating, what do I do?, algea eater, mystery snail
algea eater, mystery snail, aqua tech: Hi Anneliese; He needs his tank cleaned. Once the food rots it will cause the fish harm by polluting the water. Raise his water temperature by placing him in a warmer place. Bettas often stop eating in temperatures that are too cool and when their tanks...

Fish: Why do my betta's keep dying?, betta fish, living fish
betta fish, living fish, colorful fish: Hello Shari- If you have no living fish in the tank at the moment, (or even if you do) empty the tank and rinse it with scalding hot water, at least three times. It sounds like your tank is infected with fungus, and the fuzzy white stuff on you fish is...

Fish: betta keeps leaning, unable to stay upright, parasite problem, water change
parasite problem, water change, nitrites: Unfortunately, you need to clean you tank more then once a month. Even with a filter you need to do a 10-25% water change each week. The symptoms you describe don t fit any particular illness. Get your LFS to test your water for you. If it is not a problem...

Fish: my betta keeps spitting out bubbles, cichlid research, male betta
cichlid research, male betta, betta fish: Hi Melissa, Bettas are bubble nesters. Making bubbles is exactly what a male betta should be doing and indicates that he is happy. He is making a nest. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: betta has large growth over eye, erythromycin, popeye
erythromycin, popeye, fungus: Melissa, Even if you keep them well. It is very rare for a betta to live more than five years. Though I have had a couple people come into the shop and say they have had theirs for 8. I think they have lost...

Fish: betta's light sensitivity, fish act, light sensitivity
fish act, light sensitivity, betta: Well hes probably nearing the end of his life as fish act strange the closer they are to death. Try moving to a bigger tank as he will have less of a chance of hitting the tank and calm down faster. Also put some plants in with the tank and some some BIO coat...

Fish: betta looks sick, brine shrimp, blood worms
brine shrimp, blood worms, kidney failure: If your Betta has long fins, it s a male. Swelling can be a number of things. If his scales are lifted or uneven, then it s dropsy. If his scales are normal, then your Betta has been overfed or is constipated. Stop feeding dry food and try frozen or...

Fish: betta looks sick, avg size, tiny balls
avg size, tiny balls, size fish: Hi Katy; Put his bowl in a very warm place and change all of the water at least once a week. Make sure the new water is the same temperature as the old water. Bettas are pretty hardy little fellas, but like any animal they have certain basic requirements....

Fish: betta losing fins, water filtration system, local fish stores
water filtration system, local fish stores, dinosaur eel: Hi Jill; Oh, my goodness. If any of these links are about your eel, he s the problem. They aren t a true eel, but they get big and eat other fish whole, mostly at night. They are a type of Bicher Fish , (pronounced biker , like a motorcycle rider); ...

Fish: Is my betta mad?, sun dries, blood worms
sun dries, blood worms, pellet food: Hello Sara- You re betta isn t angry, he s just making sure you know he s the boss. :) I have one just like that - Every time he sees me, out come the flaps. He s upset that I m in his territory. Silly little guy! A lot of bettas get spoiled once they...

Fish: betta mating, bubble nest, bettas
bubble nest, bettas, occasionaly: Hi Paul..again, Well I think you should wait for your male to make his bubble nest as you did last time. This time though watch your bettas as much as you can. If they begin to fight your going to have to take the female out so the male can tend to his nest....

Fish: betta's mouth. please respond asap!, chris robbins, 10 gallon tank
chris robbins, 10 gallon tank, freshaquarium: Hi Tracy; He may be suffering from Columnaris. It will attack when fish are under stress. Here is an article about it and how to treat it; http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/disease/p/columnaris.htm I hope he feels better soon..... At Your Service;...

Fish: betta-new aquarium, stress hormones, new aquarium
stress hormones, new aquarium, new tank: Hi Michelle; A heater is a necessity for bettas really. It will keep the water temperature constant instead of the usual ups-and-downs of room temperature. You should put it in and get it working before you put the fish in though. It can take 24 hours or...

Fish: betta open sore, aquarium salt, stress coat
aquarium salt, stress coat, melafix: No worries! :) I love my little guys too, I d be the same way if any of them got sick. They re great little fish. If you want to help your little guy to find his pellets you can tap on the water surface to direct him the right way. Hope he perks up...

Fish: betta's with other smaller fish, gal tank, fish one
gal tank, fish one, gallon tank: Hi. Unfortunately, Bettas are usually very aggressive towards other fish, unless it is a female Betta, even if they don t seem aggressive. Also, 5 Gallons is too small for any fish other than a Betta. It is sometimes possible if you buy a 15 Gallon plus tank,...

Fish: betta is overweight, beta fish, dropsy
beta fish, dropsy, pink skin: Hi, I would say he has caught some sort of disease in the other tank, such in internal dropsy, swimbladder problems or something similar. Are his scales sticking up? If so, he probably has dropsy. There are specific medicines you can buy for dropsy. If you...

Fish: betta playing dead, citizen fish, plastic fish
citizen fish, plastic fish, fish face: Hi Dana; Welcome to the world of senior citizen fish keeping! He s going to be slower and not as active from now on. Doesn t mean his life is over, just not like as he was when young. At his age he probably just can t maintain a normal posture while...

Fish: My betta has popeye and won't eat, swim bladder, bladder problem
swim bladder, bladder problem, aquarium salt: Hello Kelly- Are his eyes actually popped out? This sounds more like a swim bladder problem than a visual problem, but either way, I ll try to help! 1.) Add a dose of aquarium salt to the tank. This will help kill off any bacteria, and promote healing....

Fish: is my betta pregnant?, female betta fish, cichlid research
female betta fish, cichlid research, egg layers: Hi Ashley, Bettas are egg layers so they don t get pregnant as such. The male builds a bubble nest and the female lays the eggs which he then grabs in his mouth and spits up into the nest. They take 2 to 3 days to hatch. If she is hiding, then she...

Fish: Is my betta pregnant?, bubble nest, female fish
bubble nest, female fish, male fish: ok, The male has to build a bubble nest, then he will rap himself around her. She will let her EGGS come out and he will put them in the nest. When she has eggs inside her it doesnt effect how she acts, because technically she isnt pregnant. She just has...

Fish: betta problem, anchor worm, red tailed shark
anchor worm, red tailed shark, water parameters: Hi Lacy; I had a goldfish that had the same problem. I never did find out what it was. He lived several years but it was hard to keep him with other fish because they picked on the spot when it would appear. You might ask your question over on the freshwater...

Fish: betta problem, male bettas, chris robbins
male bettas, chris robbins, fish forum: Hi Nikki; Sammy and Frankie are doing what comes naturally for male bettas.......trying to fight! It is perfectly healthy and normal for them to do so. About 1/2 gallon per fish is fine. Larger is better, but yours is still fine. If they aren t eating...

Fish: betta question, aquarium salt, saltwater tanks
aquarium salt, saltwater tanks, tumor treatment: Hi jennifer. It could be a number of things. It could be a strange growth, he could have cut himself on something and its healing, or it could be a tumor. Those reasons are usually non fatal. However, if could also be hemmoragic septicemia. That is like...

Fish: two betta questions, gallon fish, pools of water
gallon fish, pools of water, fish water: Hi Susannah; The algae is quite normal it just looks yucky. Wipe it out with your hands or a new clean paper towel every time you change his water. As long as you rinse your hands thoroughly before you touch his water it will be just fine. It isn t our...

Fish: my betta is very sick!, betta fish, vital minerals
betta fish, vital minerals, chris robbins: Hi Cristina; He may need some medicine for parasites like ich and velvet and also for his water temperature to be warmer. Bettas are tropical fish that need temperatures of 75 to 80 all the time. It needs to be 80 to 85 degrees while he is sick. The higher...

Fish: betta sick!!, grey patches, fish waste
grey patches, fish waste, old regime: Hello Sofia- Be very sure you are using the correct amount of water conditioner. Tap water nowadays can kill fish within hours. Also, your original feeding schedule was just fine. In fact, too much freeze dried food can harm a fish, as it expands after...

Fish: betta sick?, intestinal blockage, worman
intestinal blockage, worman, wifes: Hello Joe- He may have just had too much to eat. Try fasting him for 2 days, and then feeding him a pea (defrosted and skinned.) This will help to clean out his system if there is any intestinal blockage, and hopefully slim him down. In the future, try...

Fish: my betta is sick, swim bladder disorder, worse case scenario
swim bladder disorder, worse case scenario, flake food: Good afternoon, Sebastian! Thank you for your question. A few things could be wrong with your betta, but first let me address your theories and make a couple of observations... The bettas that I have observed have never been grazers or pickers of food....

Fish: Is my betta sick?, gill disease, water change
gill disease, water change, gills: Hey Susan, first off, you re over feeding him. feed him 2-3 pellets a day. 4 max a day if you absolutely must feed him twice a day. the gills sound to be about normal, im guessing the ammonia is high, and the oxygen is low. do a big water change (50%...

Fish: my betta is sick?, gram negative bacteria, maracyn 2
gram negative bacteria, maracyn 2, aquarium salt: You did very well with starting him off on the Mela and Pimafix. To me, this sounds like an infection that now has bacteria growing on it, and could possibly be the beginning of dropsy. The cause of dropsy is unknown, but it seems to happen when a fish has...

Fish: betta is very sick, oxygen water, tetrus
oxygen water, tetrus, chris robbins: Hi Danielle; If your betta has long fins it is a male. Females have short fins. It is normal for bettas to go to the top and take a gulp of air. Some of the air may expel a bit too after they gulp from the top. Bettas have a breathing organ called a labyrinth...

Fish: betta is sick, 10 gallon aquarium, cichlid research
10 gallon aquarium, cichlid research, characteristic signs: Hi Rachel, I suspect that Cheney may be in for a case of ich. Odds are that the danio brought some over to Cheney s tank. Different fish react and respond differently to ich and you might not see the infection until it is well established. My recommendation...

Fish: betta sick, flake food, swallowing air
flake food, swallowing air, stable temperature: Dear Mindy - I would feed your betta a pea, and then fast him for the rest of the day. If he is having a lot of trouble swimming, you can withhold food for up to a week. If you see improvement, you can feed him, but only very small portions. Bettas have...

Fish: betta sick, siamese fighters, maracyn 2
siamese fighters, maracyn 2, nitrite levels: Hi Liesl; Lulu may have originally been a blue color and was very faded because she has been stressed and/or sick since you first got her. Or, she has matured since you first got her and blue is her true color. It would take a lot of medicine to turn her...

Fish: betta sick?, ph shock, stress sources
ph shock, stress sources, new tank: Hi Jenn, I do not think there is a problem with your water quality -so an algae eater isn t neccessary. But I do think there is an issue with your water s pH. pH is the measurement of how acidic or alkaline your water is. It sounds to me as though your...

Fish: Is my betta sick??, water change, well meaning
water change, well meaning, roommate: Hi Joana, While the symptoms you have described do not sound like any specific disease, they are signs of a generally unhealthy fish. Since your betta was acting fine before your vacation, we must unfortunately assume that your well-meaning roommate accidentally...

Fish: is my betta sick or dying?, aquarium salt, betta fish
aquarium salt, betta fish, air exchange: Hello Shealyn- When bettas start floating on their sides, it s not a good sign. Is he still eating? Does he respond to you? If so, he may be able to be nursed back to health, but if he has stopped eating and doesn t notice you, he is probably near the end....

Fish: betta sick?, sad fish, glass rocks
sad fish, glass rocks, halogen lamp: Hi Abby; Since he has started feeling better I think he was just in shock from getting a new home and from cool water. Watch him to be sure he doesn t get any fuzzy white places or tiny white pin dots. These indicate fungus and ich parasites. I have seen...

Fish: betta sits at bottom of bowl, blood gasses, swim bladder
blood gasses, swim bladder, bladder infection: Hi RG; It does sound like a swim bladder failure. The swim bladder controls buoyancy and usually fills with blood gasses when the fish wants to float up or the blood gasses dissipate when the fish wants to sink. If their swim bladder is damaged or inflamed,...

Fish: betta somersaults, epsom salts, gravel plants
epsom salts, gravel plants, epsom salt: You re welcome! Biogold floats, so when you feed him some, watch and see if he eats it. If he doesn t after a few minutes, leave him for a while and come back several minutes later. If the food was not eaten it will still be floating on the surface. ...

Fish: betta somersaults, epsom salts, colrs
epsom salts, colrs, home remedy: Hello Linda- I would recommend a full water change (be sure to use conditioner, it s easy to forget) What temperature are you keeping the tank at? 75-80 F is prime; use a desk lamp or heating pad to warm him up. Also, try adding some sea salt (or epsom...

Fish: My betta has stopped eating, aquarium salt, dna damage
aquarium salt, dna damage, bettas: Hello Sheri- A regular thermometer should work fine for checking his water - I have a feeling it may be a little cool (explaining the color change and the listlessness.) However, the bulge may be the most serious thing you ve mentioned - as bettas (and...

Fish: betta - strange behavior, hardy fish, chris robbins
hardy fish, chris robbins, water conditioner: Hi Laura; Bettas breathe air from the top so they sometimes like to hang out just at the surface. It helps them get gulps of air quickly and easily. Watch his skin and fins for signs of deterioration though. Sometimes being out of the water too much can...

Fish: betta has sudden curbed apetite, brine shrimp, blood worms
brine shrimp, blood worms, fish store: Hi Daniel; You might try some frozen foods (thawed first). See if your local fish store has Brine Shrimp, Daphnia, or blood worms. These foods are aromatic and will often encourage a betta to begin eating again. Keep his water as warm as possible. Every...

Fish: betta swims erratically around sick, tiny parasite, heterandria formosa
tiny parasite, heterandria formosa, little bugs: Hi; It sounds like he had a case of velvet. It is a tiny parasite and can be very itchy so he was exhausted from trying to relieve himself of the nasty little bugs. Here is a link to a page about diseases bettas are susceptible to, just scroll down to the...

Fish: betta tail splitting, fin and tail rot, maracyn 2
fin and tail rot, maracyn 2, food pellets: Theres a number of different products you can try for fin and tail rot, but you might have to order them online if you can t purchase them at your pet store. Try Trisulfa by Mardel or Tetracycline by Aquafish. Your best bet to kill the disease is to just keep...

Fish: betta tank, beta fish, blood worms
beta fish, blood worms, algae growth: First off, don t keep your male and female together. They might be fine now, but believe me they will probably end up killing each other. Next, theres a couple of reasons your tank might be getting cloudy. If you have moved the tank near a window you could...

Fish: betta troubles, internal parasite, external parasites
internal parasite, external parasites, internal parasites: I d suggest getting a heater and setting the temp 70-75 degrees if its not already. Heat can really help in addition to medication. The twitching could be due to a number of causes. I d suggest checking him over to see if he has parasites. External parasites...

Fish: betta with ulcer?, aquarium salt, sick fish
aquarium salt, sick fish, water change: Hello Lillian- I know how hard it is when one of your babies is sick...It s so difficult to care for sick fish. Here are some steps you can take to help your little guy improve: 1.) Keep dosing with BettaFix. It s a good cure-all and will help a lot....

Fish: betta used to be active. doesn't move now., gallon aquarium, size tank
gallon aquarium, size tank, tank heater: Well that bowl you have him in now is much too small you need to put the guy in something bigger like a 5 gallon aquarium. The reason you should house your betta in a bigger tank is because leftover food and waste can build up quickly in that size tank which...

Fish: betta w/ lump on his side...pls help!, fish medication, aquarium salt
fish medication, aquarium salt, fake plants: Hi K, The symptoms you have described sound more like some sort of tumor than dropsy or constipation. A fish with dropsy has a rounded abdomen, which resembles a pinecone when veiwed from above - the scales stick out. You add aquarium salt to your water...

Fish: betta w/ lump on side of body...help!, swim bladder, aquarium salt
swim bladder, aquarium salt, bladder problems: Hi K; He may have an abcess or something. You could try using some Maracyn Two . It s an antibiotic that absorbs inside the fish to get where infection is. He seems to also be having trouble with his swim bladder. It s really hard to say whether they...

Fish: betta water, aquarium thermometer, tank light
aquarium thermometer, tank light, cause shock: Hi Tracy; I apologize for not answering your question sooner. I had a problem with my computer. If the new tank has a filter it could be a couple of weeks before the cloudiness goes away. The beneficial bacteria has not become stable enough yet to control...

Fish: my betta has a weird mark on his face, aquarium thermometer, betta fish
aquarium thermometer, betta fish, chris robbins: Hi Meg; It could be fungus or bacteria that attacked his weak body when the water was cold. You will need to get an aquarium thermometer so you know exactly what the temp is. Keep it up to 80 or 82. If the spot gets larger he may need some medicine....

Fish: my betta won't eat!, flake food, stone hearts
flake food, stone hearts, coppersafe: Charlotte, I don t know if someone got back to you on this yet, but it sounds like he has a parasite called fluke worms which collect on the gills and make it hard to breathe. Even though they have a labirynth organ and breathe air they still need thier gills....

Fish: My betta wont liven up or die!, tropicalfishcentre, betas
tropicalfishcentre, betas, dart: Hi Kacey, Your fish migh be old because most places dont sell betas till they are a year older and they only live 2-3 years. Also I m not sure if it has a disease or not because I dont have enough details also he may just be trying to get air. Maybe you...

Fish: betta, vacation food, chris robbins
vacation food, chris robbins, fish store: Hi Andrea; Two weeks is a very long time. I would suggest talking to someone at your local fish store. Maybe they could take care of him for a fee? Kind of like dog boarding kennels do. Bettas need their water changed once a week and at his age it would...

Fish: bettas, chris robbins, fish forum
chris robbins, fish forum, freshwater fish: Hi Amy; Bettas are fine in small containers, but they do exceptionally better in regular tanks. They can see each other all the time if you want, they just try to fight through the glass. Some breeders say it isn t good for them to flare all the time,...

Fish: bettas, exact size, health issues
exact size, health issues, water quality: Juan, Female Betta need to be full grown in size (1-2 inches) before they can mate. She needs to look/be healthy and have excellent water quality. I m not sure the exact size, but her stomach should not look like a marble - but she should not looking like...

Fish: bettas, chris robbins, breeding bettas
chris robbins, breeding bettas, females: Hi Omar; I can t recommend keeping females in with a male all the time. If he breeds with one of them he will want them both out after they spawn and will kill them if necessary to accomplish that. Here is a great site with all kinds of betta info;...

Fish: bettas, siamese fighter, betta breeding tips
siamese fighter, betta breeding tips, chris robbins: Hi Jenny; Her belly should be large and beginning to become pale with the swelling of the eggs. She may be ready anyway since she has her barring. Be prepared to remove her if she isn t able to spawn yet. Here is a list of web pages with more about breeding;...

Fish: bettas, male bettas, whitish color
male bettas, whitish color, pink to blue: Hi Carrie, When a fish lightens in colour it is a sign of stress. Most likely your betta just wasn t used to the movement of the car and got freaked out. They quickly return to normal colouring. A change from pink to blue is quite drastic but most likely...

Fish: bettas, bala shark, sucker fish
bala shark, sucker fish, melafix: Hello Shelly- Your little betta should do great in the large tank - The only thing to watch out for are the barbs, they may nip, but your betta should defend himself and fend off any further attacks. You may want to add some Melafix to the tank for the...

Fish: bettas, poor fish, best bet
poor fish, best bet, water changes: Hi. They may be suffering from Ammonia Burns. It it a small bowl? They need at least 5 UK gallons. Also the males are particularly aggressive, so if they are males I would remove one of them. If possible, buy test kits for nitrite, ammonia and nitrate....

Fish: bettas, male betta, bubble nest
male betta, bubble nest, worman: Hello Jacklynn- A male betta should blow a nest as soon as he sees the female (within a few hours) After being placed in the nest, the eggs hatch in 2-3 days (this is the first time you can actually see the fry) Hope this is useful, and sorry for...

Fish: bettas, fun facts, information page
fun facts, information page, internet site: Hey Baihu, WWW.Bettatalk.com For a lot of the betta research, that s a good place to start. You can ask questions there, or here, but they have a pretty nice generic information page, as well as breeding tips, care, feeding, cleaning, and fun facts!...

Fish: bettas, cichlid research, bubble nest
cichlid research, bubble nest, tiny ron: Hi Haley, Bettas do not get pregnant as such. They do not give birth to live babies. Rather they lay eggs which the male tends in a bubble nest. Yes, the other fish will definitely eat baby bettas: they are extremely tiny. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: my bettas behavior, fish breed, blood worms
fish breed, blood worms, paradise fish: Hi Lance; Congratulations! You have a very happy betta! The bubbles are a nest for him to put eggs in when a female comes along he can coax into breeding with him. The male cares for the nest and takes the fertilized eggs into his mouth, spitting them into...

Fish: bettas and catfish, male betta, fish store
male betta, fish store, chris robbins: Hi Bambi; What kind of catfish is it? Did it come from a fish store? Color, markings, etc., are helpful if you don t know what name it goes by. Describe it the best you can. You can also go to the following link and look at some to see if he s there,...

Fish: bettas fish, female bettas, chris robbins
female bettas, chris robbins, fish forum: Hi Misty; Here is a list of websites with all the info you need on what to do for your little bettas breeding; http://www.aqualandpetsplus.com/Betta,%20Breeding%20basics.htm http://www.siamsbestbettas.com/breeding.html http://members.fortunecity.com/markang/breeding.htm...

Fish: bettas are jumpers?, siamese fighting fish, bubble nest
siamese fighting fish, bubble nest, little fish: Hi Jessica, Yes, bettas can and do jump and often quite high for a fish their size. I would recommend you replace the lid immediately as these little fish often jump in pursuit of bugs, shadows or simply to find out what is on the outside of teh water!...

Fish: bettas keep dying, blowing bubbles, chris robbins
blowing bubbles, chris robbins, new tank: Hi Kris; Smaller would not be better as far as tank size. Larger tanks hold their temperature longer. Also, the smaller the tank, the faster it gets dirty. I m not sure what could have caused the death of the most recent little guy. Fish can die from...

Fish: do bettas lose their colour?, pale colors, changes in the weather
pale colors, changes in the weather, male bettas: Hey again, Jessica- Some fish, like bettas and gouramis, change their color according to their mood. Dark, vibrant colors are displayed when the fish is feeling dominant, especially excited, or in the mood to breed, whereas pale colors indicate boredom,...

Fish: bettas with other fish, male guppies, male betta
male guppies, male betta, chris robbins: Hi Liz; Your betta will think the male guppies are other bettas and try to fight with them so they really aren t a good match. Here is a link to some betta tankmate suggestions; http://bettas.fishjunkies.com/tankmates.php At Your Service; Chris Robbin...

Fish: do bettas get seizures?, betta fish, life span
betta fish, life span, adonis: Well bettas do have a short life span about 3 years that when my betta dies after about 3 years. The seizures are a sign of his life is coming to an end thats what i m thinking. I m sorry for telling you this bad news :( Please rate my answer and nominate...

Fish: can i have two bettas together, female bettas, male bettas
female bettas, male bettas, male betta: Hey Becky! Personally, I ve never kept betta fish as pets. However, I do know a few things about fish aggression, and betta are always prime examples of it. Betta males from very very young become very territorial. Two male betta in one environment simply...

Fish: bettas, bubble nest, chris robbins
bubble nest, chris robbins, fish forum: Hi RT; The bubbles in your betta tank means you have a very happy male betta! That is his bubble nest that he makes to prepare for spawning. Most bettas sold in stores are males. They usually have longer fins. Females have shorter fins and aren t usually...

Fish: bettta, crown tail betta, fish waste
crown tail betta, fish waste, chris robbins: Hi Anthony; If there are bubbles all over the top it may be ammonia buildup from fish waste. Ammonia would explain why he isn t eating too. Change his water and you could test it with a kit after that to be sure it doesn t happen again. If the bubbles are...

Fish: how big does the bowl have to be, boals, space thanks
boals, space thanks, fisg: Hi, do not1 i repeat do not get your betta one of these small rouend baols you should be getting the biggest bole you can ever find because small boals will actually kill him in the future small boals are torture to the fisg give him a bih space.THANKS...

Fish: big eyed fish (black more), big eyed fish, water change
big eyed fish, water change, water changes: No, that s not usual, and no, it s not fine. Most likely you haven t been doing regular enough water changes, and something built up in your aquarium, some form of disease or parasite. The best thing you can do now is just always do a 15-25% water change every...

Fish: big, mean cichlids...., comet goldfish, african cichlids
comet goldfish, african cichlids, algae eater: Hi Shelby, I guess I am trying to figure out why you are determined to put something in with him. He is quite happy on his own and in fact I can pretty much guarantee that he will kill anything you put in with him. A 10 gallon tank is a very small...

Fish: big pond and breeding, breeding platies, aquarium plants
breeding platies, aquarium plants, farenheith: Hi, whell the first thing to do is to keep their temp. at about 77 farenheith and make sure the bottom of the pond is filled with sand and rocks.Make sure to have a larg veriety of real aquarium plants and put quite a few to fill their suroungings.Also it...

Fish: my biOrb, living in the tank, black moor
living in the tank, black moor, fish reference: Hi Anthony; Unfortunately the tank really isn t even big enough to support one goldfish. Goldfish are messy fish that get to be 8 inches long and larger in just body length, not counting the tail. Goldfish need 40 liters (or about 10 gallons) for each fish....

Fish: bioligy, black molly fish, black mollies
black molly fish, black mollies, lyre: Baktok, Your black mollies are live bearers. They have little fishys.Why there are black mollies is like asking why the sun shines its just the way it is babe. Ther are many kinds of mollies .... marble...

Fish: biro Spiro, bio spira, tank syndrome
bio spira, tank syndrome, fish deaths: Hi Linda; Good for you that you really care! It is really hard to find fish store employees that are interested in what works and not just what sells. Thanks for being out there to help people where you work. Bio-Spira is a product meant to jump-start...

Fish: black blotches, partial water changes, fish store
partial water changes, fish store, goldfish: Good evening Enchi, thank you for your question. Do you have the four goldfish all housed in the same tank? If so, then your tank should ideally be a 75 gallon or larger, but at least a 55 gallon, sized system. Deep-bodied fish in general, but most especially...

Fish: black convict (b c), blood parrot fish, cichlid research
blood parrot fish, cichlid research, black convict: Hi Steve, I don t think that is a convict, in fact, I am sure of it. A convict can t grow larger than 5 inches (maybe 6 inches absolutely max). Can you possibly send me a digital photo of the fish? Send it to rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com --...

Fish: black convict babies, cichlid research, black convict
cichlid research, black convict, convicts: Hi Spence, Convicts are biparental and if you let them, the parents will usually do a wonderful job of taking care of the kids. I typically leave the kids with the parents for about 3 to 4 weeks. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: black convicts, black convicts, gallon tank
black convicts, gallon tank, offspring: hi. Black Convicts do not usually eat their fry (offspring). It depends on the individual fish sometimes, so if you are definite they are being eaten, put them in a separate fry tank , or use a breeding net. The weakest ones are often killed, but the strong...

Fish: black convicts, cichlid research, black convicts
cichlid research, black convicts, wrigglers: Hi Corrtnie, The eggs should hatch at about 3 days so that is likely what happened. When they hatch, they become wrigglers that can t swim. The parents will often hide them in a pit for about 4 days until the kids can swim on their own. The oscar...

Fish: black convicts, cichlid research, black convicts
cichlid research, black convicts, hatching time: Hi Kelly, The time to hatching depends on the temperature of the water. If the water is around 80oF, they should hatch in about 3 days or so. They hatch into wrigglers that can t swim and will stay in a little pile. The parents may move the pile of...

Fish: black faces on my fish, feeder fish, tank syndrome
feeder fish, tank syndrome, new tanks: Hi Pianom0m; Starting a tank with so many fish was just too much for them. The black you are seeing is damaged tissue from New Tank Syndrome toxins. Kind of like scabs. The toxins burn the skin on the fish and it is trying to heal up now. The color in...

Fish: black fan tail, cichlid research, fan tail
cichlid research, fan tail, orange colour: Hi Fiona, Particularly at this time of year, a lot of fish have trouble because as the water gets warmer, there is less oxygen in it. So, be sure that you have a bubbler in the water to provide lots of oxygen. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: black fantail big eyes, swim bladder, bladder infection
swim bladder, bladder infection, maracyn: Lili, He has a swim bladder infection. Go get some tetracycline or maracyn-tc. Treat for 7 days and take out your carbon. This should take care of this. He is a black mor by the way. After your 7 days...

Fish: black fantail fish, fantail fish, new tank
fantail fish, new tank, toxic chemicals: It could be one of several things. Too small a tank (goldfish need a minimum of 20g each, even when small), Chlorine in the water, uncylced tank (toxic chemicals build up with no bacteria to dispose of it), shock from the transfer to a new tank, or just bad...

Fish: black fin shark, black fin shark, shark fish
black fin shark, shark fish, different types of fish: hey antoine! its simple, your fish is stressed out. when fish get stressed, like after they are moved from one tank to the next, they will sometimes stop eating. i would give your sharky a little time to get used to its new surroundings. u should make sure...

Fish: black fin shark, black fin shark, good tank
black fin shark, good tank, happy new year: Good afternoon, Brandon, thank you for your question. Rather than type out this information, here s a link for you. That page includes a list of tankmates: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=16&cat=1919&articleid=2447 Here is also a site that...

Fish: black fin sharks, aquarium salt, black fin sharks
aquarium salt, black fin sharks, chris robbins: Hi Chris; Blackfin Catfish (Also called Colombian Sharks, White-Tipped Catfish, Silver-Tipped Catfish and TeTe Cats,) are not usually bred in captivity. They are mouthbrooders and their water needs aquarium salt to get them to spawn, in the range of seawater....

Fish: black ghost knife, black ghost knife, skin scales
black ghost knife, skin scales, nitrate levels: Hello Eric- I don t know much about knife fish, but I can compare this behavior to other fish. Erratic swimming is usually a sign of something itching the fish or something growing on the scales. The fish will swim like crazy trying to rub off whatever...

Fish: black ghost, 30 gallon aquarium, water quality problems
30 gallon aquarium, water quality problems, black ghosts: Hi Joey; I m glad he s doing better. They were probably fighting for hiding places or just flat out don t like each other. It happens. You will definately need a bigger tank for him because they get to be over 18 inches long and need lots of swimming space....

Fish: my black gold fish, breeding goldfish, gold fish
breeding goldfish, gold fish, black gold: Goldfish are sexually mature at around 1 year of age. They are in their prime at about 3 years. You will need a minimum of a 40g tank for the pair and additional tanks for the fry. Breeding goldfish is easy, caring for all the fry is a lot of work and takes...

Fish: black Molly, black molly fish, extreme stress
black molly fish, extreme stress, water results: Hey Alisa, Sorry about the delay, I have had a ton of homework and work lately! Usually, when a molly changes colors, it s under extreme stress at an unhealthy, but not yet fatal level. I d test the water, and other conditions to see what you can do...

Fish: black male molly, african dwarf frogs, cichlid research
african dwarf frogs, cichlid research, black molly: Hi Sandy, Your tank sounds like it is doing just fine and is not overcroweded. There is very little you can do about the molly situation; basically the male black molly is trying to tell the silver male molly that he is the boss of the tank (and the females)...

Fish: black marks on outside of gills, hey lucinda, black fades
hey lucinda, black fades, hole in the head: Hey Lucinda, Black spot disease is excruciatingly rare in goldfish, but I ve seen it. It s a protozoan, similar to ich in how it spreads, and how it s treated. However, it s very, very rarely symmetrical, and even more rare to be just on the gills. Another...

Fish: black mollies and babies, black mollies, flake food
black mollies, flake food, three babies: Hello Briana, If they look like they can be eaten by ANY fish in the tank, including there parents, they should be taken out and put into a breeding net. If not then it will be safe to leave them in. You will need to crush some flake food up so the babies...

Fish: black mollies' genes, cichlid research, black molly
cichlid research, black molly, recessive gene: Hi Kathryn, Hmm... I don t recall writing any answer about molly genetics.... are you sure that was me? The tricky thing about some livebearers such as mollies is that they can store sperm, meaning that the kids that you see now are not necessarily...

Fish: black mollies that have white "dry" spots and ......., poor water quality, black mollies
poor water quality, black mollies, dry scales: Hey Tasha. All these diseases are caused by poor water quality. You should do a complete 100% water change, and clean the tank and filter. After, you should let the tank run for 24 hours before putting the fish back in. I would also leave the sick fish quarantined...

Fish: black mollies, spirulina algae, cucumber slices
spirulina algae, cucumber slices, digestive trouble: Hi Ashley; If it s hanging off of her body somehwere it definately isn t normal but maybe something is just stuck to her. If it s hanging from her anal opening she could be having digestive trouble. When mollies have digestive issues it usually means they...

Fish: black molly, black molly, mollies
black molly, mollies, tropical fish: Hi, Well, goldfish are coldwater fish, and Mollies are tropical fish. They will never be happy together. They are not particularly compatible either, so the only thing you could do to stop them would be to separate them into separate tanks both with good...

Fish: black molly, black molly, fish advice
black molly, fish advice, good bacteria: Hi, I am not entirely sure what the white bits could be, but I am fairly sure they are harmless. Use a fine net to catch the pieces, and do a few 25 % water changes over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully it should soon disappear. Yes, I think you should...

Fish: When do black mollys turn black, best of luck, babies
best of luck, babies, black mollys: Hi, He may not turn black. Some of them stay completely white, some of them turn totally black. It just depends, and there s no way of telling. They can breed when they are 1 to 2 months old, and will breed every few weeks until they are about 2 years of...

Fish: black moor, triangle rock, planning a trip
triangle rock, planning a trip, pet stores: Your black moor could survive up to a week without eating. However i do not advise it. Pet stores sell a triangle rock that you can place in your tank, it breaks down and releases food for 7 days, it will take the worry about food out while you re gone. :)...

Fish: black moor, black moor fish, cichlid research
black moor fish, cichlid research, air bubbler: Hi Joe, There are a couple of possibilities, either the fish were sick to begin with (which is often the case with goldfish) or there was a problem in your tank. Do you have an air bubbler going into your tank to ensure that the fish get enough oxygen?...

Fish: black moor...., ghost shrimp, dwarf frogs
ghost shrimp, dwarf frogs, fish world: Hello again- You can try placing a clean mirror outside the tank to intimidate him. If he attacks his reflection, it may not be wise to purchase any other fish, no matter how large they are. On the other hand, if the mirror doesn t evoke any aggression,...

Fish: black moor, aquarium salt, new tanks
aquarium salt, new tanks, filter need: Hi Dion; What a shame. Look for signe of disease such as spots, dots, unusual areas, etc. Let me know if anything looks strange. Sometimes the initial stages of the development of the bio-system in an aquarium can be very difficult for them too. Yours...

Fish: black moor, lots of bubbles, fantails
lots of bubbles, fantails, fantail: Hey Holly, Your fantail is gulping air at the surface for food, and it s causing him to swell up with air. He s losing control of his body, and the stress left him vulnerable to a bacterial infection. Treat the bacterial infection right away, to prevent...

Fish: black moor behaviour, cichlid research, fantail
cichlid research, fantail, first few days: Hi Thea, I m not sure what you see as the problem. It sounds like the black moor is interested in mating with the fantail. The only way to stop it would be to separate the fish. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: black moor and bubble-eyed fish, black moor fish, cichlid research
black moor fish, cichlid research, eyed fish: Hi Lowena, Are you feeding them floating food by any chance, such as floating pellets? I have noticed that goldfish, when feed floating food, sometimes ingest a lot of air, which makes them float. The solution is to feed them sinking food. -- Ron ...

Fish: My black moor desmond is sick :(, black moor, aquarium salt
black moor, aquarium salt, swim bladder: Harriet, Try feeding him a pea once a week. It wards off bacteria infections like swim bladder infection. This it what it sounds like he has. Treat him with Melafix. It is all natural and gentle. Treat him...

Fish: black moor died =(, black moor, aquarium fish
black moor, aquarium fish, fish store: Hi Devin, It sounds like you didn t use the appropriate conditioners for the water (which is understandable if you are a beginner). Go to your local aquarium/fish store and buy some water ager for the water. Use the amount suggested on the bottle. If...

Fish: black moor eye problem, black moors, black moor
black moors, black moor, small fish: Dan, Your fish has popeye. You need to medicate immediatley. Go to your local petshop and get medication for popeye. Get Maricyn-TC or just straight tetracycline. This is usually caused by bacterial infection or an injury caused by bumping into something...

Fish: black moor eye problem, black moor, chlorine poisoning
black moor, chlorine poisoning, eye problem: Hi Deanna, Your fish could have a bacteril infection, chlorine poisoning, or eye fluke. If there appears to a filmy substance over his eye. If theres not contact me but I have a great website for that will tell you what to do. http://www.tropicalfishcentre.co.uk/Diseases1.htm...

Fish: my black moor fish died, black moor goldfish, black moor fish
black moor goldfish, black moor fish, fish bowls: Hi Kaitlin; Poor little guy. I m so sorry you lost him and so sorry you didn t get good advice on how to care for your new fish. Your black moor goldfish needed a regular tank with a filter in order to stay alive. It s a common mistake, and unfortunately...

Fish: black moor goldfish, black moor goldfish, air bubbles
black moor goldfish, air bubbles, goldfish: Hello Again Jess, Sorry, I apalogize for leaving that out of my answer, yes usualy you want to have an air pump in with them. Not too strong of a current though because they cant swim well at all. If you have a filter in with them that spills water back into...

Fish: black moor goldfish, tea tree oils, black moor goldfish
tea tree oils, black moor goldfish, gravel vacuum: Hey Bad Girl, If your friend vacuumed out an eye, odds are the fish will not die. Treat it with NovAqua once a week for a couple months, and add some high vitamin foods in once or twice a week. A slice of orange, or the bristly tops of broccoli are common...

Fish: black moor goldfish, black moor goldfish, gal tank
black moor goldfish, gal tank, gallon tank: Hello Cat, Black moores need more space than a 2.5 gallon tank. Yes every inch of fish needs another gallon of tank. Fish as soon as they grow to there size of the tank that fits them they release of a chemical that stunts there growth so they wont grow any...

Fish: Our black moor looks sick, swim bladder disorder, black moors
swim bladder disorder, black moors, mild laxative: Awe, man! I love little black moors! I had three and two of them died so now I have only one. :( I know how it is. Your little guy has one of two things... He is constipated or he is starting to have a swim bladder disorder. Both are VERY serious. ...

Fish: black moor orange, poor water quality, black moors
poor water quality, black moors, black moor: I absoloutly love black moors. They are the goldie i have the most experiance with, so i can DEFINATLY help you. As black moors age, they begin to turn orange, or brown. The ick is a very serious problem, and here is a little tidbit not many people...

Fish: black moor and pleco, black moors, black moor
black moors, black moor, gal tank: Hello Cindy- Let s start with the pleco first. (Did you know it is internet superstition to spell pleco pl*co, as spelling it correctly will supposedly mean the death of your fish?) Anyways, most plecos I ve seen have had weird greenish eyes that look...

Fish: black moor has a red eye, black moor, aquarium salt
black moor, aquarium salt, worman: Hello Nora- Is the spot in the iris, or like a coating on the eye itself? If the spot is in the eye itself, it may be a harmless mote that can develop in some fish. However, if the red spot is fluffy or raised off the normal surface of the eye, it...

Fish: black moor sick after stuck in filter mate biting him, black moor, aquarium salt
black moor, aquarium salt, cloudy eyes: Hello- Hope I m not to late! The situation sounds grim, though. :( The white stuff is probably columnaris, which you can treat by swabbing the affected areas with a QTip dipped in a medicine called QuickCure. This is really stressful on the fish, though,...

Fish: black moor sick?, anchor worms, black moor fish
anchor worms, black moor fish, aquarium salt: Hi Kitty- Fish can get worms - there are many different kinds and they can attach to different parts of the body. These sound like anchor worms (I have a female betta who had a worm like what you are describing.) I just netted her and pulled the worm off...

Fish: black moor swollen looks like dropsy but..., epsom salt, yellow squash
epsom salt, yellow squash, gold fish: Hello Xotzin- Fish off, try to separate the swollen fish. The other fish (who is losing scales) probably has a different disease and will need to be treated separately. As for the fish with dropsy...most affected fish can live very long and seem perfectly...

Fish: black moor upside down, black moor, water jug
black moor, water jug, swim bladder: Hi Dayle; He may need medication for bacterial infection and a change in diet for the swim bladder issue. Use Maracyn Two or Kanamycin. I don t think it s really going to help very much until he is moved to a bigger tank and water changes are done more...