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.


So You Just Got Your First Betta Fish – Need Help?

If you have found yourself here with a sick fish I first want to tell you that I was you once and totally and completely feel for your situation.

Punishment for Fighting Betta Fish

It’s no secret that Nippyfish does not tolerate animal fighting for sport and I am happy to say most of world doesn’t tolerate it either.

Helping New Betta Fish Owners Start Off Right

I recommend doing it right from the beginning, which is really easier than you may think. There are lots of great starter aquariums available for not a lot of money.

Betta Tail Injured by Aquarium Net

Undersea Tiki Betta, originally uploaded by pixelator_1999. Q: DA wrote, Hello! I have found so much useful information from your site. Thank you for all of the time and hard work that you put into it! I have had this little guy for two weeks. He was in a small bowl, that I did water [...]

Episode 1 – Water Changes and Betta Behavior

Hey gang, Welcome to the first ever Nippyfish: A Betta Blog video blog. Today I tried answering our reader email over video but am also including written info for your reference. Let us know what you think. Q: PM wrote, Thank you so much for posting a lot of useful information online. I just got [...]

Heating Small Betta Fish Bowls

Fish Bowl-6, originally uploaded by Melissa Alicia. NS wrote, Hey. I just arrived at my college today and got a fish. I’m currently housed in a triple which leaves very little room for a fish. Before heading out to the store to get my new little bud I was just wondering what type of heater [...]

Curing Dropsy in Betta Fish

I received a wonderful letter from a reader describing how he successfully beat Dropsy in his Betta fish. As many of you know, Dropsy is symptom of another underlying illness which manifests as severe abdominal swelling or general body swelling leading to protruding (pineconing) scales. It is believed that these symptoms are the result of [...]

Woops! Betta Food Dumped into Fish Tank

my gold crowntail, originally uploaded by louie imaging. Q: EB wrote, I’ve had my betta fish for a couple months; it was a gift from a friend. Usually he shows the usual healthy signs but I noticed that his color has dimed and he doesn’t have that shininess to him anymore. His eyes aren’t clear [...]

Treating Stubburn Fin Rot in Betta Fish

Shelbi with Fin Rot. Image provided by BS Q: BS wrote, My betta fish Shelbi has fin rot now. His water is and has been pristine with the parameters at their perfect spots. He had blackened tips when I bought him but I thought it was just his coloring. Now his fin tips are damaged [...]

Can PH Fluctuations Lead to Illnesses in Betta Fish?

DSCN9841, originally uploaded by starlessdesigns. Q: C wrote, Remember me? I emailed you awhile back about my male fish named Sushi. He had the mysterious disease. He finally had gotten better with the inside/outside anti bacterial food. He was all back to normal. But that only lasted about 3 weeks or so. I have been [...]

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