Sam is truly a fish of letters. He ponders things very seriously.
Basically, I need help with the new betta Forge. I’ve had him for a few weeks now, he’s in his own 2.5 gallon heated and filtered aquarium, and he was fine until suddenly last week. He still hasn’t put on any weight, which was a little concerning but nothing really worth panicking over, so I’ve been slowly feeding him a high protein food to ty to get his weight up with no success.
Last week he developed a mild case of fin rot, I did water changes every day with stress coat, and it stopped in two days. Another two days of that, and his fins were growing back, so I slowed down wih the water changes. Now, literally overnight, his fin rot has eaten away 50% of his tail fin, he has a few splits that go all the way to his body, and I haven’t been able to even slow it. And to make things even stranger, what was originally little tiny water stains on the glass this morning are now fairly large white amoeba things. I have no idea what they are, but I’ll have to take pictures tomorrow morning. So tomorrow his entire tank is getting boiled down and sanitized, and he’s being treated for parasites, but does anyone have any idea what could be wrong? I’m at wit’s end here.
Don’t take the tank down! The amoeba things are likely just planaria, they’re not parasitical. They live off leftover food etc. and look like long grey blobs.
Have you tested the water? A tank as small as this can be very very hard to keep stable so there may be something wrong with the water values. That being said, I did have the same problem in a 13 gal :/ if things get critical, move him to a clean quarantine tank and treat him there! The fact that there may be planaria in there is a good indication that the balance is off, because they only really appear when you’re overfeeding.
Hi! Betta flakes are “okay”. Pellets are better, and you want to make sure you have a food that has a whole meat (like “halibut”) as the first ingredient. I like Omega One’s Betta Buffet personally. Supplementing with frozen food (bloodworms, brine shrimp) is also a great idea.
The logs are really nice! A lot of bettas love them.
I would clean out the food. The amount of ammonia and waste that’d produce would be more stressful on the fish than a quick water change!
Bettas don’t need live plants but you should ideally have something for them. Go for silk plants because they are soft and won’t damage a bettas fins. I’d at least have some kind of plant in there sooner rather than later.
You betta might jump! Get a lid ASAP!
The murkyness is normal and should improve. Rinsing your gravel before you put it in a tank can help prevent that.
Also please read up on tank cycling and other resources! It seems like you have a betta in a new tank, and you’ll want to make sure he survives the process. (:
Guys can we signal boost how bad it is to release pet fish into the wild;
it is bad for the pet as well as the environment. Cold temperatures,
starvation, and predation can easily kill aquarium fish. Fish are exposed to all kinds of exotic diseases in the aquarium trade;…
Mmmmm I’m going to hazard a guess that since EVERYTHING is orange he won’t mistake it for another betta?
I would put him in the bucket (as long as it is clean, never used with soap etc) because a little stressed by color is probably better than ammonia poisoned.
Also remember he needs a heater, and that would be possible in the bucket.
I’ve kept bettas in 5 gallon buckets for QT before. It’s just fine as long as you keep it clean, heated, and filtered if possible :)
Yup. I use my five fish-buckets gallon buckets as QT for my fish when I’m doing serious tank maintenance (like when I removed them to change the substrate). Bigger and can be safely heated.
After being stuck a bowl less than a gallon, his body really took a toll. He used to be almost completely white with full white fans as fins. Now he is multiple colors and looks bruised. I finally switched him over to a heated 10 gallon tank with live plants and a filter and he couldn’t be happier! His shredded fins are already starting to grow. He’s swimming around and says hi to me when I walk by. Definitely worth the time and money. Hopefully other betta owners will do the same. #betta #fish
Oh no! It’s totally fine to bring stuff like that to my attention. I won’t say it’s pleasant to find out about, but it is important. Thank you for sending that ask!
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But yea fuck that shit
Spare jack bottle?, put a betta fish in it!
Spare jack bottle? Do not put a betta fish in it. Ever. Betta fish are tropical fish that need a filter and a heater like all other tropicals. They also need an aquarium of at least around 5 gallons, not a booze bottle. Even if this is a temporary situation just to take the photo, it is very stressful for the fish and it advocates bad fishkeeping.
For more information on how to set up a proper betta tank, check out this article and the ones listed on this blog. I hope you’ll consider taking your betta out of this bottle. It’s not a healthy home and keeping him in here will lead to his death.
went out today and bought a rack for my bettas. although matenience is going to be a little difficult, at least all my freshwater tanks are in the same room now.
also impulse bought the purple double tail… couldn’t resist, haven’t seen a prettier purple one in a long time. setting up a temporary 2.5 gallon for him now (the one on the rack)
Tsunami is my second gif victim.
Gosh I just love that wiggly flowing tail! <3