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.

Holiday Hugs from

No article today guys n’ gals. I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to everyone and their Bettas. May your New Year be filled with peace and love. I will be back after the New Years holiday with TONS of emails from Nippyfish readers and lots more articles and reviews. I have a little something [...]

Betta Spitting Out Flakes

Q: PH wrote, My betta won’t eat flake food. He sucks it up and then spits it out again. What do you recommend? Should I try buying pellet food instead?   A: Sometimes bettas will suck up food and spit it out again to break it up. Observe your betta to see if he is [...]

Giving the Gift of Siamese Fighting Fish

Christmas with Alphie the Betta Fighting Fish Originally uploaded by roy_m. Q: TS wrote, I’m buying a betta fish for my boyfriend this Christmas and am going to keep it with the neighbors so I can surprise him with it on Christmas morning. What equipment will he need to have to keep the fish healthy. [...]

Eclipse System Aquarium Kit: Product Review

Eclipse 3 Gallon Originally uploaded by -Glimpse-. The Eclipse Aquarium System by Marineland I have been meaning to get to a product review for some time and figured now is as good a time as any, especially as people head out to buy gifts for the holidays. For our first equipment review, I am going [...]

Choosing a Nutritious Diet for Bettas

Buddy I Originally uploaded by -Nat. Bettas can be overweight or underweight without a proper diet. The Betta in this photo appears quite thin. Q: Anon wrote, I feed my betta a combination of frozen bloodworms, Hikari Bio-Gold pellets and freeze-dried brine shrimp. Is he getting a balanced diet and also, can you recommend how [...]

Choosing a Substrate for a Betta Tank

Miles with Glass Fish Originally uploaded by Unkoine. Q: TI wrote, What is the best substrate to use in a Betta tank? A: There is more than one answer to your question because, truthfully, it depends. There are a variety of substrates out there ranging from fine sand to gravel to rocks or marbles. Choosing [...]

Gill Tissue and Hyperplasia in Betta Fish

305px-Bettaflare Originally uploaded by armchainmstenw. Q: SC wrote, We have a betta who has been living happily in a community tank. About four weeks ago, he started to get a bit off colour and seemed to spend a lot of time resting on the pump. About ten days ago we noticed that he was holding [...]

Turning your Aquarium Hobby into a Business: An Interview with Carl Strohmeyer

Carl’s Family at Fish Lake, Utah. It’s not that unusual, as a serious aquarist, to think about turning our hobby into a business especially as we consider the hours spent doing water changes, acclimating fish and perched outside our tanks with camera in hand waiting for that perfect shot. Certainly, if you’ve calculated the dollars [...]

Giving Bettas as Holiday Gifts

Christmas 2003 Originally uploaded by Mean and Pinchy. ‘Tis the season to give gifts from the heart but if you’re thinking of giving a Betta fish to someone as a gift there are a few things to consider beforehand. Each December hundreds, if not thousands, of Siamese Fighting Fish are given as gifts to children, [...]

Medicating for Betta Fungus

Niles Originally uploaded by SecretAgent99. Q: KG wrote, Hi Christie, I was wondering if you could help me. You have a beautiful Betta blog and I was wondering if I could ask for your opinion regarding the course of treatment for my Betta. I have had this fish for approximately 9 months and bought him [...]

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