Posts by Christie F.

About Christie F.

Christie F is a Betta splendens hobbyist that enjoys spending time caring for her fish and helping new betta keepers learn the ropes.


Cleaning a Small Betta Bowl

lowping, originally uploaded by johndeand. Q: Anon wrote, What is the best way to change the water in a 2 gallon bowl? Where do you put your fish while you clean out your aquarium? A: People have different methods for cleaning out their aquariums. Some decisions are based on the type of set up, the [...]

Aquarium Clubs

Ram, originally uploaded by Dusty V. Joining an aquarium club offers opportunities that few even realize. First there are dozens of organizations all around the country and the world. Some clubs have a wide focus and discuss both freshwater and marine fish while many will chose one or the other. Still others are species specific [...]

Sending Fish on an Airplane (With & Without You)

fishes, originally uploaded by phogel. Q: R wrote, HI THERE!First of all, I’d like to say I love your blog! Thanks for keeping upsuch a great site! Second, here’s a q for you! Is it legal to travel with your betta on a plane, in a container, on your lap? Sometimes people travel with their [...]

Calculating True Aquarium Volume & Additives

Measuring Tape, originally uploaded by JamesJordan. Q: AB wrote, Your site is WONDERFUL, soooo much info. My question is how do you calculate the different water conditions? I changed a 10 gal community [tank] this past Sunday & have lost two female bettas & 2 little orange school fish. I’m not good with figuring the [...]

Velvet Disease [Piscinoödinium] in Bettas

Photo of Titan provided by CBN Q: CBN wrote, Hi again. This time im really concerned and sad. I think my betta is sick and I need URGENT advice. I think he might be infected with what I have read is called: velvet. He seems to have tiny “dust” spots, kinda brownish or yellowish in [...]

Large Aquariums: Housing Male Bettas with Females

Q: Anon wrote, I have a 20 gal long with some peaceful community fish and I’m currently keeping a male and female in separate tanks. I’d like to add them both to this one tank but don’t know how they will react in the same tank. Is it safe to house them together? A: Generally [...]

Nippyfish Gets 100,000 Hits!

Dance, originally uploaded by Siggav. Yay! We Did It. Nippyfish.net and Nippyfish: A Betta Blog has reached it’s 100,000 hit mark just this morning. I offer my most sincere thanks to everyone who has visited the site, written in with their questions and comments, subscribed to the blog and to those who have voted at [...]

A Betta in Sheep’s Clothing: Cotton Wool Disease

Sexta poser…, originally uploaded by Fabiz Rabbit©. Q: KG wrote, I was wondering if you could help me again. I wrote a few months back. I had a betta who appeared to have Columnaris. You suggested that I use a combination of Maracyn and Maracyn II which worked really well on the first try. Unfortunately, [...]

Thermal Shock & Chlorine Poisoning

humpingtheheater150, originally uploaded by rkbentley. Q: KM wrote, When doing a total water change for our male betta, “Patches”, my 6 year old daughter thought she was helping, and decided to fill the aquarium with tap water and to ahead a put the fish in when I stepped away to take care of another matter. [...]

When Fish Attack: Treating Betta Wounds

Angry Titan, originally uploaded by Calin. Q: M wrote, I put a betta in with my angelfish and he got trashed. I was gonna put him down because he looked terrible, but then i used the “will to live” rule… and I figured I should at least try to bring him back, so i moved [...]

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