How to Spot and Treat Common Betta Fish Diseases

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Bluel beta fish swimming in tankKeeping a Betta fish is one of the more colorful experiences in the fish keeping world but it can also be particularly challenging. Unlike other pets, keeping a Betta fish can be frustrating because your fish cannot communicate its needs. There are a number of common Betta fish diseases. Find out how they can be identified and what should be done to treat them. Read on to find out what signs you should be looking out for to ensure that your Betta fish does not get sick.

Timing is Everything

There are a wide variety of Betta fish diseases and while it may seem to the untrained eye that the symptoms of these diseases are similar, often times they can be distinguished when you know what you are looking for. Becoming educated in regards to the health of your Betta is one of the biggest steps that you must take in order to ensure that your fish remains healthy. Something else that is just as crucial however, is timing. Knowing what to look for when your Betta fish is feeling under the weather is important but so too is having the appropriate medications on hand in order to treat your Betta as soon as possible. Many of the common Betta fish diseases are fast-moving and it is important that once you ascertain that your Betta is in need of medical care, that you have the appropriate treatment on hand in order to stop the progression of the disease in question. Timing is everything when it comes to treating any Betta fish disease.

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Betta Fish First Aid Kit | Betta Fish TreatmentsRecognizing Signs of a Sick Betta FishIdentifying Common Betta Fish Diseases | Prevention

Create Your Betta Fish First Aid Kit

Like most pet owners you are likely to already be attached to your Betta fish which means that you are prepared to care for it like you would any other pet, this means that you should always have a first aid kit handy for your fish. It may sound absurd to create a first aid kit for a Betta fish but the truth of the matter is that the medications most often required to treat Betta fish diseases are not available in most pet stores. If the time comes that your Betta fish is ill we have already discussed the importance of timing and this means that mail order medication for your fish’s treatment may take too long to arrive in order to treat your fish before it expires. As a responsible Betta fish owner you should always have a basic first aid kit available to treat the most common Betta fish diseases.

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What Should Be Included in a Betta First Aid Kit?

To make things simple a number of Betta fish experts actually sell premade Betta fish first aid kits that can be purchased online; however, if you choose to put together your own first aid kit you should think about including the following products:

BettaZing or Bettafix

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BettaZing and BettaFix are anti-parasitic, anti-fungal and anti-protozoan medications that are great when used as a preventative medication to prevent the development of clamped fins or velvet fins. This medication should be applied as a preventative measure any time you acclimate a Betta to a new environment or anytime you add a new Betta fish to your tank.

 

Kanamycin

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Most top of the line fish stores will carry Kanamycin, an antibiotic that is most commonly used for more serious bacterial infections that your Betta fish may contract.

Tetracyclin

Tetracyclin is available from a number of pet stores and is also used as an antibiotic to treat bacterial infections. Where Kanamycin is used to treat more serious bacterial infections, Tetracyclin is used more often for less serious bacterial infections.

Ampicillin

Ampicillin is another antibiotic worth carrying in your Betta fish first aid kit and is available in specialty fish stores as well as online. Ampicillin is used for gram positive infections, some gram negative infections and pop-eye.

Jungle Fungus Eliminator

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Jungle Fungus Eliminator is an anti-fungal treatment that can be purchased online or from fish specialty stores. This treatment is generally used for a number of fungus infections and is particularly useful to keep on hand for any Betta fish owner.

Maracin 1 and Maracin 2

Maracin 1 and Maracin 2 come in hard tablet form and are both anti-fungal and antibiotic treatments. These medications are utilized when your Betta fish has contracted a mild infection like fin rot but they are not as effective as some of the other medications listed when it comes to the more serious infections.

How to Treat a Sick Betta Fish

Chris Simms from Aquatic Central in San Francisco, CA explains how to treat a sick Betta fish. You need to identify the illness (fungal ailment) and administer a treatment (curing the fungus).

Recognizing Signs of a Sick Betta Fish

Green betta fish swimmingThe first step in treating any Betta fish disease is to recognize when a Betta fish is sick, this can be particularly difficult due to the limited communication that Betta fish can provide to their owners. There are, however, behaviors that healthy Betta fish exhibit and the first sign of a potentially sick Betta fish is a change in these behaviors. Below are some signs that you should watch for that may suggest a sick Betta fish:

  • A fish that stays at the surface of the water in the corner of its tank.
  • A fish that lies at the bottom of the tank and only comes to the surface to breathe.
  • A fish that does not eat, does not show an “excited” reaction to being fed or a fish that spits out its food. It should be noted that some Betta fish pellet food can come in pellets that may be too large for your Betta fish, a healthy Betta may spit these out and wait for them to become soggy before trying to consume them a second time – this does not indicate a sick fish.
  • A fish that appears to have “lost” its color or appears to be a much less vibrant colorful shade.
  • A fish that appears to be scratching itself by rubbing against items in its tank.
  • A fish that appears to have unusual sores or markings on its body that were not present previously.
  • A fish whose tail or fins are no longer spread out and have the appearance of being unhealthy, closed or clumped together.
  • A fish with gills that do not close completely due to inflammation, inflammation can also cause the gills to appear red in color.
  • Swollen or protruding eyes.
  • A swollen stomach or “hollow” appearing stomach.
  • Raised scales that give your Betta the appearance of having a prickly texture.

A Betta fish that exhibits any of these signs should always be isolated from any other fish if it is being kept in a community aquarium because a number of common Betta fish diseases can be easily communicated from one fish to another. Having a disease pass from one fish to another is not only unfortunate for the fish involved and more expensive to treat but it is also a way for the disease to be contracted a second time by a fish that has already been effectively treated. If you have a Betta fish that has become ill that is kept in a community tank make sure that you do keep an eye on other fish in the tank for any signs of the disease in question being contracted by them.

ALWAYS wash your hands with an antibacterial soap if you handle a fish that has any type of illness or disease to ensure that you do not spread the disease from one fish to another – not to mention that this is the sanitary thing to do whenever you handle your fish.

Identifying Common Betta Fish Diseases

Only a licensed veterinarian or fish expert can identify particular Betta fish diseases accurately in order to treat them; however, a number of Betta fish diseases are so common that they can be readily identified by someone who has experienced them before or knows what to look for. With that said however, this information should not be taken as professional advice or utilized for diagnosis to treat a sick Betta fish.

Fin Rot and Tail Rot

Fin rot and tail rot are often classified together however, they may or may not both occur together. Tail or fin rot tend to be contracted by a Betta fish through contact with dirty water so it is important to ensure that you maintain a clean and healthy Betta fish tank. Fortunately for the Betta fish that contracts tail or fin rot damage done to the fins or tail is repairable if treatment is issued in a timely manner and fin and tail tissue will regrow (although it may not be as resplendent as it previously was.) A fish with fin or tail rot will exhibit a variety of symptoms but the most obvious are clumped fins or tail tissue or fin or tail tissue that appears to be disintegrating and disappearing little by little. This type of Betta fish disease should be treated with Ampicillin or Tetracycline and your Betta fish tank should be thoroughly cleaned and clean water should be used in the new tank. Ensure to treat the new water before filling the tank. A fungus eliminator should also be utilized in the new tank to ensure that your Betta begins recovery. It is important to be consistent with tank cleaning and water change when treating fin or tail rot, this should be done once every three days or so with medication being added with each water change. Once your Betta fish no longer shows signs of losing tissue on their tail or fins and begins to show signs of new growth you can resume a normal tank cleaning schedule.

Ich

Ich may sound funny but there is nothing funny about this parasite! This parasite is most commonly contracted by your fish through frozen live food and most commonly presents as small white dots on your fish’s body, head, tail and fins. Ich can be prevented by ensuring that you add a small amount of aquarium salt and Aquarisol to your Betta fish tank when maintaining your tank; however, if your fish does contract this parasite it should be treated quickly. Fishes with ich not only present with small white dots but they also appear to be scratching themselves against items in the tank and may become less active than normal. Ich is an extremely contagious parasite and if one fish in a community tank has it there is an extremely high likelihood that other fish have it or will develop it so you should always treat the entire tank. Ich is most commonly treated by raising the temperature of the Betta fish tank; however, this can only be successfully done in tanks lager than 5 gallons since smaller tanks can quickly overheat killing your Betta fish. In larger tanks, temperatures of 85 degrees will quickly kill off the ich parasite. If heating the tank is not an option because of a smaller tank you should completely clean your tank, replace all water in the tank and treat with Aquarisol and aquarium salt. It is also commonly recommended to put your Betta fish in a holding container after cleaning the smaller tank and raising the temperature of the water to 85 degrees to kill any remaining parasites without risking overheating your Betta fish.

Fungal Infections

Fungus is common in tanks that are not treated with salt and Aquarisol when water is added. Once a single fish in a community tank contracts a fungal infection there is a high likelihood that another fish may also contract the fungal infection so it should be treated quickly when spotted. Betta fish that have fungal infections can appear to be a much more pale hue of their normal color, they may not be as active as they usually are and their fins may have a clumped appearance. A fish with a fungal infection can have patches of a white cotton-like appearance on their body. Eliminating fungus should begin with a full water change and treatment of the new water with a fungus eliminator, this type of medication will cause the water to change to a gold-like color, this is normal. Every three days the water in the tank should be replaced and a new dose of fungus eliminator should be administered. Once all visible signs of the fungal infection have disappeared ensure that you treat your tank with BettaZing or Bettamax to treat any trace signs of the fungal infection that may remain.

Popeye

Popeye is one of the more noticeable diseases in Betta fish because as its name suggests, a fish with this disease will appear to have one or both eyes protruding from the head. Most commonly popeye develops from dirty tank water because it is a bacterial infection; however, popeye can also be the result of a much more serious illness. Most commonly when popeye does not respond to treatment it is a symptom of a much more serious disease like tuberculosis which is incurable and your Betta fish will be unable to survive. For the fish that has contracted popeye as a result of dirty tank water however, treatment can quickly remedy the bulging eyes that result from this disease. Treatment for popeye should be immediate in order to prevent any long-term damage or loss of sight in your fish. To treat popeye clean your tank and do a complete water change and add Ampicillin to the clean water. Clean water should be changed every three days and medication should continue to be added until one week after your fish’s popeye symptoms disappear.

Advanced Fin and Body Rot

Advanced fin and body rot is a case of regular fin rot that goes on for far too long. When regular fin rot is not treated or when it progresses extremely quickly it can be extremely difficult to stop. A fish with this disease will experience a loss of fin and body tissue as the rot progresses. Once the rot progresses on to body tissues there is very little that you can do to help your fish as the bacteria quickly eats your fish alive. In cases of extreme fin or body rot you may begin to see small bones protruding from your fish’s body. If the affected fish is not treated in time they will die quickly but this death likely causes the fish to suffer a lot of pain. It is occasionally possible to control the progress of advanced rot and the fish can continue to live while being treated.

Stopping advanced fin and body rot is difficult and you will need to completely change your fish’s water and combine a number of medications designed to treat fin rot. In cases of severe rot you may want to over medicate the water and then continue cleaning your fish’s water every three days adding new medication each time. Once your fish shows new growth in the fins and on the body you can switch to a medication designed to prevent bacteria from growing in the water again.

Velvet

Velvet is a parasite that can be prevented completely by adding aquarium salt and water conditioner to your fish’s tank. Velvet is particularly contagious and if you have shared aquarium nets between tanks and have a case of velvet, you will want to ensure that you treat all of your fish for velvet. Velvet is completely treatable but it can be difficult to see in your fish. In order to check your fish for velvet you will want to shine a flashlight on your betta and if they have velvet you will see a fine mist over their body that looks gold or rusty in color. Betta fish that have velvet will clamp their fins to their body, will lose its color, will not eat normally and they will scratch against the gravel of the tank.

Velvet is a parasite and it can be treated. If you have a number of fish in a tank and one shows signs of velvet, it is best to treat all of the fish due to how contagious velvet is. A medication called BettaZing is effective at eliminating velvet completely.

Dropsy

Dropsy is seen often in betta fish and it is particularly fatal. Dropsy is most often contracted through the feeding of live food. Not a lot is known about dropsy other than the fact that it comes from feeding contaminated food. A betta fish with dropsy will present with raised scales as a result of a buildup of fluid underneath the fish’s scales. The buildup of fluid is the result of kidney failure and just as with any animal, once the betta fish’s kidneys fail, the fish will die. The bacteria that cause dropsy are very contagious and it is these bacteria that cause kidney failure. Spotting dropsy in your betta fish is relatively easy, your fish will have puffed out scales that look similar to pine cones and it may also appear to have a big bloated stomach.

There really is no known cure for dropsy but a good preventative is to avoid feeding worms to bettas. It is important if you have a betta that presents with dropsy, that you keep it away from other fish.

Swim Bladder Disorder

Swim bladder disorder is not contagious but it is a common illness among betta fish that comes as the result of overfeeding. Young bettas and double tailed bettas are susceptible to this illness. The swim bladder of the fish is located between the belly and the spine of the fish. When the betta fish has a swim bladder that is too short they will not be able to swim horizontally. When a betta fish has a swim bladder that is swollen they will float on one side. Many times when fish have shorter swim bladders they will prefer to lie at the bottom of the tank because swimming is too difficult.

A betta fish with a swim bladder disorder can recover by themselves but it is also important to pay attention to how much food you are feeding your fish. You should know that swim bladder disorder does not hurt the fish and at any point it can recover from this condition so you should not kill your fish out of “mercy.”

External Parasites

It is possible for a betta fish to contract external parasites in the pet store or from the foot that they are being fed or from other fish being introduced to the tank. It is usually possible to see parasites by looking closely at your fish. In the case of some parasites like anchor worms, you will have no problem spotting them. A fish that has external parasites will show symptoms of needing to scratch itself against anything it can find and it will not behave as it normally would showing signs of being uncomfortable in its tank.

If your betta fish shows signs of external parasites you will want to change out 70% of your fish tank’s water. Changing out a percentage of your fish’s water will help to reduce the population of the parasites and their eggs but it will not remove them all completely so it is important to treat the remaining water. After replenishing the water you will want to treat it with BettaZing, a product designed to clean the water and kill the remaining parasites and their eggs.

Betta Fish First Aid Kit Infographic

This infographic made by The Aquarium Guide summarizes many of the the items above as well as some additinonal solutions for how to help with your Betta’s diseases.

Betta Fish First Aid Kit Infographic

The Importance of Prevention

Prevention is the most important part of Betta fish diseases because prevention is much easier than treating or trying to cure Betta fish diseases. Most Betta fish diseases require a large amount of work in order to save your Betta fish from succumbing to the disease that they have contracted, most often this involves cleaning the tank and replacing your Betta’s water once every three days in addition to the application of medication. In most cases Betta fish diseases are easily preventable by maintaining a clean tank and feeding a healthy diet. There are, however, occasions where a Betta fish is purchased with a pre-existing disease or condition and in this case treatment is required in addition to taking preventative measures in the future. It is important to note that while prevention is the preferred method of “treatment” it is not always possible but purchasing a Betta fish with a pre-existing condition does not mean that your fish is doomed to die. As it has already been mentioned, the majority of these diseases are completely curable when treated appropriately and often times purchasing the fish that appears to have a pre-existing disease may be the only chance it has at survival. If you feel up to the challenge of Betta fish first aid, why not give a sick Betta a chance and put your fish doctoring skills to work!

Is your Betta fish showing signs of sickness? Maybe someone else’s Betta is experiencing similar symptom’s and you can get answers and advice below. NOTE: While we have provided some information about common illnesses, we are not a certified fish doctor, so if you are experiencing issues with your Betta fish please contact your local pet store or seek professional help.

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Amy grew up in England and in the early 1990's moved to North Carolina where she completed a bachelors degree in Psychology in 2001. Amy's personal interest in writing was sparked by her love of reading fiction and her creative writing hobby. Amy is currently self employed as a freelance writer and web designer. When she is not working Amy can be found curled up with a good book and her black Labrador, Jet.

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Joed diaz
Joed diaz

I just saw my betta ana acting weird he eyes are huge, fins down possibly a white dot on the side of her head her Gills get wide as if trying to attack or something I just got a new betta and a new tank but had ana in another tank for a week and a half

FishNoob
FishNoob

My beta is the same as benny but he won’t eat and he is bloated at the bladder

FishNoob
FishNoob

My fish is blind, bloated in the bladder, doesn’t eat, and always stays in the corner of his tank… please help!!!

Tammy rabbitskin
Tammy rabbitskin

Hi. I have a question my little fish benny he stays in the top corner he has his own tank. I change his tank once a week. I have. 3 of them all own tanks. Benny is my first fish. I need help as to why he does what he does. He stays in the corner now n again floats to the bottom and his little body is arched now n again.

Arianna
Arianna
My betta has been with me for awhileand he’s been in a community tank and him and the other fish have been fine. After checking on him today I noticed he had small white spots on his fin I thought he just had ich so I separated him and gave him medication and all that but now his color jsut seems to be going away even faster the ends of his fins are pale they look like a white grey color and he isnt mpving as much the color fading took over so fast that i have no idea whats… Read more »
Mai

My betta fish has a small bump on the back, on the neck i would say. I just went on vacation for 10 days and the water has not been changed. Now i got back from vacation and changed the water and added the “fix” liquid but i am afraid the bump looks a bit bigger now and i dont think the “fix liquid” is enough. I will try to change water every 3rd day but what else can i do to help the little guy?

CSG

My daughter was just given a 2 year old male betta. We were given a .5 gallon tank that he has been in the whole time and changed the water today, now I’m concerned. He is staying close to the bottom, doesn’t want to eat and his fins look funny. Not sure what to do.

Pinesong
Pinesong

Well for one the tank is much too small. Betta fish should have a tank about 2.5 gal or more. As for the sickness I’m not sure it could possibly be fin rot. Do the fins look frayed or black around the edges? If the answer is yes it’s most likely fin rot. If not I’m not sure.

Caroline
Caroline

you might wanna get a bigger tank, five gallons is ideal but 3 gallons will work too. .5 gallons is too small for any fish.

lizzy
lizzy
Betta is 2.for 8 days he has been bloating,laying on bottom.3.5 tank.filter,heater,clean no issues.solo fish.not knowing what was up,gave him 4 pellets as norm.noticed bigger bloat.3 days later he ate some pea, next day little pea. Now hes been fasting 3 days i made a QT in his tank cause he cant get to the top; its a floating Tupperware hospital bed/punched holes &place fresh tank water in it daily. I have done water chg/cond/aquarium salt to tank. so nothing.no poop. Finally today did a 1tsp/1gal Epsom bath 15min.then to revive container 5min.(part of the salt and water from tank)… Read more »
Amanda
Amanda

PLEASE NEVER USE BETTAFIX, or anything with ending in fix. The bettafix will suffocate them, it does Moreno harm than good. So please dont use it

Suz

I have a male betta fish that I have had for the past year or so. He has had no previous health problems. I just noticed today that he has a few large bubble-looking-things protruding from his scales on the back of his back closest to his tail. I have never seen this before and do not know what it is. Someone, please help! I don’t know what to do and I don’t want Walter to be in pain. 🙁

liz

How’s Walter? Did you treat for Dropsy?

Jane
Jane
Update – my poor female betta died a couple of days after getting sick (but she must have been at least 3) – then the two smallest tetras died over the next couple of days – one had a white spot on its head. I removed the plants (as it was only after getting them my fish got ill) , changed the decor & most of the water. I had light gravel before with white rocks & silvertip tetras are from black water rivers so apparently the light substrate stresses them out. Anyway my remaining 5 tetras & flying fox… Read more »
Kim
We have a male betta who all the sudden seems to have a slightly deformed face. Almost like mouth is partly sealed shut and forehead is prutruding. I read tons of comments on this feed and couldn’t find another description like this. Some white areas under mouth and front part of under belly. He isn’t acting normal. Not swimming up for food like normal staying near bottom of tank or in a corner. We used to clean tank once every two weeks with complete water change then recently were told not to and started only replacing a 1/3 but there… Read more »
Jane
Jane

My female Berra has been pale and not moving much laying at the bottom of the tank since yesterday. I’ve put her in a separate tank with a bit of Epsom salt – she’s off the floor moving a little but her scales are raised. She did eat earlier I just don’t know what to do next any suggestions?

Aimee
Aimee

Sadly, if it’s not Dropsy. Then it is most likely tuberculosis, which is most definitely fatal. Currently, there is no cure. The parasites are immune to most treatments. Best of Luck to you.

Aimee
Aimee

Lethargy and raised scales indicate Dropsy. Dropsy can be fatal if not treated in time. It’s basically fluid buildup pushing on the organs which causes them to press against the skin causing the scales to flare out like a pine cone. I’m so sorry. Poor little guy.

Stacy
Stacy

I also have a baby Betta that Hops..yes hops along the bottom of her tank when she moves. She has a hard time getting to the top and I haven’t seen her eat, but I’m sure she does because I have had her a few weeks now. I crush her food.

Stacy
Stacy

My betta has been on his side for a few weeks now. I did the whole pea thing and put him in a hospital tank, but he wont get upright. Then I thought Dropsy. I gave him some Epsom salt baths, but nothing has gotten him off his side. He usually just hides in his hidey hole, but will swim on occasion. Is there any other suggestions to get him upright?

Aimee
Aimee

Sounds to me like your fish has swim bladder disease. Poor little guy. If his swim bladder is damaged from over-eating, fasting him for a day or two and adding aquarium/epsom/sea salt to the water should help. Some fish are just born with a weak swim bladder (more common in double tail bettas). To make his life less stressful, lower the water level and provide plants and things near the surface for him to rest on.

Adrianna Gonzales
Adrianna Gonzales

She now has 2 purplish patches on her back near her top fin. I’m so worried.

Adrianna Gonzales
Adrianna Gonzales
I have a young half moon Betta and she’s a light greenish blue. I just got her like a month ago. She was full of energy and when I first got her and would swim up to get fed everyday. But recently she stopped being so energetic. She lays on the bottom of the tank and it looks like she is having trouble breathing. She will then swim around fast then stop and let her body drift down. She’ll go face down in between the rocks of her tank and stay like that for a long time. It’s either face… Read more »
Lgp

A beta fish that has any kind of disease can it spread to other pets & humans

Justin
Justin

My betta fish has puffed out eyes and he isn’t eating, also he seems to having trouble swimming upright. Please help me if you can!

Lindsey
Lindsey

Did you figure it out? Mine is having the same problem right now 🙁 One swollen eye and floating at the top of the tank on his side. He’s been doing this for weeks now though. I thought it was swim bladder so I tried reducing feeding & that didn’t help. Honestly he looks like he had a stroke? I want to save my fish but I feel clueless as to what to do even with countless hours of online research.

Pinesong
Pinesong

The eye thing is most likely popeye. It can come from dirty water or tuberculosis. If you don’t clean the tank enough it can be treated and then you should clean the tank more often. If it’s tuberculosis then I’m sorry but there’s no cure for it.

Linda
Linda

I noticed a small blue spot on my betta a couple weeks ago. Now he has another, slightly bigger one. He seems otherwise healthy. Any ideas?

Dornish12
Dornish12

My female betta looks like she might have fin rot but she also appears to have white stuff on her body. I’d say it’s mild to moderate fin rot, I was planning on getting aquarium salt today to treat it but now with the white stuff I’m not sure what it is.

Pinesong
Pinesong

It’s Ich disease. The white spots are the ich bacteria. It comes from dirty water so I suggest doing a full water change and starting treatment. The fin damage might be fin rot but it’s most likely damage from Ich.

Margaret
Margaret

My male betta has a large bump on tn side of his face. He is slightly dis colored in this area. When I first got him, the bump was there but I’ve noticed it growing in size. Can anyone help me figure out what this is? Or if it’s natural or not? Any input is appreciated!

Erika
Erika

I have had a blue Beta, Ted for about 2.5 years. He is always very active and it was work to catch him to change his water. I’ve recently noticed that he isn’t active anymore and will lay at the bottom of his bowl. His fins seem to be clumping too… Any ideas?

robert juliano
robert juliano

bettas usually only live for 3-4 years so you have a moderately aged betta his decrease in activity could be due to his age

Claire
Claire

I woke up this morning and he was swimming, than an hour earlier, my dad came up and looked in the tank, he said he thinks chester died! We moved him to a bowl and added conditioner. We have been having bad luck with our fish, but never chester! Yesterday, we lost 3 tetras and the day before that, we lost a platy, we have 2 platies left and 1 tetra, and 4 ghost shrimp. please help, I think he’s dead

Jimmy
Jimmy

I feel sorry for you

Margo
Margo
I just lost 4 female betas in a week. One of them I’ve had for 2 years Gracie bloated and soon died before I knew she was sick. Bobbie all of a sudden did not have a top lip. Then her eyes buldged and her skin started to shed. Hagitha and Betty I found in their caves. Betty was new. I keep a clean tank but the algae food for my bottom feeders is like a slim ball after a day. my shrimp and bottom feeders are fine. I just don’t know what happened. Please anyone any advise. Total tank… Read more »
Alison
Alison
Hello, Our Beta, Fred is about 1 year 9 months old. He has the cottony patch on his underbelly, we have been giving him about 6 drops of Pimafix, by API (Treats Fungal Infections Active Ingredient: Pimenta Racemosa 1.0%It says it’s a “safe way to treat fungal fish infections, internal and external bacterial infections, treats fungus or cottony growth and body fungus.”) This is what we bought at Petco on Wednesday Jan 8th, they said it would help but the white patch on his tummy is getting bigger and looks like he has an open sore now, tiny, but bright… Read more »
Sandra
Sandra
I have a dragonscale betta whose been healthy. 4 gallon tank with pump and heater. He’s alone. I’m meticulous about his water conditions. In December I noticed small lump by the side of his right gill. It’s gotten bigger and I tried Lifeguard to see if it might be sufficient to reverse what I was seeing. There was no sign of reversal and this lump continues to grow. It’s not affecting him at the moment as he’s eating and swimming normally. I’ve taken a pictures of this growth but in the picture it appears much darker than when viewing him… Read more »
Isha Waldgrave
Isha Waldgrave

Hi….there’s fine sand particles trapped between the scales of my betta. Why should i do?

R Anan
R Anan
Someone gave us a betta fish and we are clueless about its care. We purchased a 2.5 gallon tank, a water heater and treating our betta with bettafix but she is loosing her tail and has white spots on tail and nor on body. Growing quickly. We took it to pets mart yesterday and they said betta fix will help but it is not helping. I feel so bad. I was insistent on not accepting the fish but the gentleman forced us. I do not know anything about fish and I feel terrible. Someone plese help. I do not want… Read more »
Britt
Britt
If your Betta has white spots you need to treat it for Ich asap. Bettafix is a mild and all natural treatment that helps heal the fins and body however it will not cure fungal or parasitic infections. Ich is a very common & very contagious parasite caused from a combination of poor water conditions, temperature fluctuations& stress. Petsmart and Petco sell various Ich treatments. It is typically a liquid bottle & has instructions, including taking the active charcoal (filter pad) out of the filter- you’ll need to follow the instructions carefully (do a 25% water change prior to treatment)… Read more »
Emma Hirsh
Emma Hirsh

You should just google it a few times, it sounds like he’s got finrot and also a bad case of columnais. Also, you should have done your research, even a cat or dog needs researcher before buying, especially exotic pets like betta fish.

You should google the symptoms and if anything comes up research the sickness and the cure,

Classified
Classified

My fish has a string like thing on its under side please help

Just here to help
Just here to help

I do believe that it’s not anything to worry about, im not a fish expert but I have had multiple fish and know that it could quite possibly be waste(poop) from your fish. But do not ride on my knowledge because once again I’m not a fish expert.

Emma Hirsh
Emma Hirsh

If you don’t know that much about betta fish, you should research a lot more. That doesn’t mean hitting the books, it just means you should do some googles searches about tank size, heater, filter, water conditioner, light, etc. if there are two of them that means they are just find and you should calm yourself, if there is one of them something is wrong.

Cindy Starner
Cindy Starner

I left on a vacation and when j came back the water was disgusting. My beta seems to have lost half of one fin also he is laying on his side and isn’t eating all of his food. What is wrong

Cathy
Cathy

I inherited a betta fish that is probably around 3 years old and has always been kept in a fish bowl. Recently he has been staying only at the bottom of the bowl and has lost some color. Is it too late to get a tank and try move him? And if so how should I do it? I understand that fish should not be kept in a bowl.

Kay

If the bowl is at least 1 gallon then your fish should be fine. They generally dont live more then 2-3 years in the first place so if he/she shows no physical symptoms of disease it could just be old age and that his time is almost up. Its very rare for them to live longer then 3 years, 5 is usually their max life expectancy. I mean you could try BettaFix, a bigger tank, new food or more toys/decor; but it’s most likely just old age.

Honeydew
Honeydew

I have a betta I just recently gotten, a rose petal male. He’s white body red tale and his top dorsal fin sticks up and is kept together, not flared out. He does swim more now, at first he wouldn’t swim much at all. I have him in a 4 gal round tank, and he was like this when I got him, but his fins are a little ripped. He seems healthy with all the swimming he’s doing but I’m not sure. Help!

Emma Hirsh
Emma Hirsh

It sounds like he is healing from fun nipping or fin rot. If you don’t be know though, don’t ask strangers on the internet. Just google it and if, like, the three top sources say the same thing it’s probably true

Natalie
Natalie
My betta fish that I got almost 2 weeks ago might have the start of a minor infection as he is missing a few scales on the sides of his body and on his head, and I noticed that today he started rubbing up against my clumps of dwarf hairgrass like he’s trying to itch himself. Otherwise he seems pretty healthy: swims everywhere, explores every part of the tank – especially areas he can’t fit because he’s too big (even the small shrimp cave meant for my Ghosties and that might be where he knocked a few scales off), he’s… Read more »
Jaciena
Jaciena
I purchased a blue bodied and white fined male half moon about a month or more ago. I checked him for any abnormalities as I fed him today and found he had some red brown spots or dots on him,one on his gill plate area, and 5 on his back. He is eating eagerly like he has since I bought him. He flares up at the male in the tank next to his.he rests behind his plant like he used to in the tank he was in previously. Was recently moved into a beta tank from my 30 gal .… Read more »
Kristin Smith
Kristin Smith
I have had my half moon betta for a few months now, he was a beautiful red color and now he’s starting to look a bit gray in the body and a silverish purple on his face. He sits at the bottom of his tank in the corner and only comes up for air or to nibble at his food. He barely eats and he lies on the rocks a lot. He is my third betta that I have had and I don’t want him to die. I don’t know what medication to buy. I have cleaned his tank and… Read more »
Grace
Grace

Did either of your fish recover? Mine has been doing the same for a week now.

Meridith
Meridith

My son’s betta is doing the same! I’ve changed the water, used betta fix, fed him less and still nothing.

Mary
Mary

I need help my betta female started acting weird. I’ve noticed she’s gotten white spot on her head and around her right eye. Can u tell me what’s wrong? Is it fungus or ich? What can i do for her I’m really worried.

Bob day
Bob day

If she has white spots on her it’s probably ich. There are drops you can use to treat ich

Brenna underwood
Brenna underwood
I’ve had my betta around half of a year. He used to be lively and energetic, and was quick to greet people as they walked by his tank. It seemed like he knew when someone would come in the room, he would swim around to the side that the person was on. Now, its not quite the same. He has been hanging out in one destined spot near the top, or inside his Spongebob pineapple house. And when he notices someone approaching the tank, his face flairs up like he’s angry. I have noticed his sides are turning white and… Read more »
Shanik Acevedo
Shanik Acevedo

I got a beta fish and I just noticed that he has a white lump on he’s body. I have read that it might be a fungal infection or a tumor. I clean he’s tank and everything because some of the rocks started to get like a brownish color. I clean he’s tank every 2 weeks. Help please!!!

Posi our Betta
Posi our Betta
Prior to Posi, we had a betta who lived for over 4 years, devastated by his loss we did not get another betta until we fell in love with this little guy 2 months ago. He is in a 2 gallon tank, 78-80 degrees, strips show everything good. About 3 weeks ago he developed a white spot by his right eye, after a lot of research we treated him for fungal infection with no results. He’s been active like nothing is wrong only to find out today that the spot has become extremely big. We do not know what else… Read more »
Marina
Marina

My 3 bettas are in a 10 gallon sorority, and when you shine the flashlight on them they have gold rustic color on their belly. I haven’t seen them scratch on the rocks or the plants, their fins are also are not clamped. What should I do?

Cassandra
Cassandra

Hey guys. I just got a Betta yesterday and noticed that his mouth is completely white. I thought it was normal when I bought him because his fins are naturally white but I’m worried it might be mouth fungus or something similar. He is full of energy and is eating fine even though I’ve had him less than twenty four hours. The white is only on his mouth and there are no tendrils or fuzz to indicate fungus. Like I said, it just looks like his mouth is white.

Mary Croxen
Mary Croxen
My Betta fish is blue with two red fins in the front of his body, the last week the fins under his belly are getting a light redish color and I don’t know why. I’m worried about him, please help with any advise. He lives in a 5.5 gal tank, I keep LED lights on 8 hours a day, he has a filter (I use plants as a buffer to soften the force of the filter). He has a heater, I keep the temp just under 80 degrees at all times. He has two silk plants and a gravel bed.… Read more »
Katie Michelle
Katie Michelle

I’m not sure about the reddening of the belly, but a fish tank should never have a 100% water change unless the tank has contracted an unwanted bacteria or fungus. you’re completely erasing your good bacteria and tank chemistry every time you do this, even if you do use the salt & stress zyme.

Ashley
Ashley

Is my betta fish supposed to have like yellow dots on only its head. I’m really freaking out and I don’t know what to do! Please help me!

SJ Himes
SJ Himes

My betta cut himself on a tank decoration (it was sold as betta safe, I have since removed it). The cut is deep enough I can see flesh. He is swimming well and feeding, but I am worried he may get an infection. What can I do?

Wesley
Wesley
Hi! I got my crown tail betta (bubbles) about 2 months ago and he was BEAUTIFUL! He was blue with a red tail! He is still colorful but not as vibrant as before. I change his water every 2-4 days and I add a declorinator, he has a plastic plant & a fish bowl. I feed him betta pellets which he doesn’t eat. He has a pink fungus/growth on his stomach area and it is getting bigger and it’s getting white cuz on it. It doesn’t match any of these descriptions. I’m really worried as he isn’t as active as… Read more »
Jas

Hi my Betta either stays at the surface of the water or lies at the bottom of the tank, only coming to the surface to breathe. He doesn’t seem interested in his food, and its head is turning black. What should I do?

Debra
Debra

I have a beta who suddenly developed bloating on both sides of his neck. What can I do?

Candice
Candice

So I have this white short fin male betta can’t remember what kind he is but I have had him for a while and now he is getting these black blotches and one of his eyes turned black, he seems like he can still see but I don’t know how to fix it. I have him in a treatment for fungus but I don’t think it is helping, any recommendations?

Cathy Wiley Lucero
Cathy Wiley Lucero

How much Epson salt do u need to put in a 10 gallon tank to treat swim bladder?

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