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.


Skittish Betta Fish Too Fightened to Eat

, originally uploaded by prismaviolet. Q: JY wrote, I’m really hoping you can help me. I’ve had bettas before, but I’ve never seen anything like this. I’m at a total loss as to what to do. About a week and a half ago my betta, Billy Pilgrim, began acting like he was very scared of [...]

Marble Betta Fish – Color Changing Genes

, originally uploaded by prismaviolet. In our last article we spoke about bettas that naturally change color over time. A Nippyfish reader wrote in concerned about some pretty serous color changes. Well, she sent in some photos of her betta fish and it became immediately obvious that she has a Marble Betta. “Marble” is used [...]

Bright Colored Betta Fish – Vibrant Healthy Bettas

Gold Betta, originally uploaded by sponytales2000. Q: D wrote, I’ve looked around the net quite a bit and haven’t found an answer to this one. As you’re the enthusiast, perhaps you’ll know. My betta started out life completely white with a red dot on his tail. After finding a nice home in my 20g tank [...]

Top 7 Betta Fish Myths – Don’t Make These Common Mistakes with your Fighting Fish

Betta – Front, originally uploaded by Rhizae. 1. Betta fish are lazy and don’t do much. A healthy betta is an active betta. Bettas constantly explore their surrounding and spend most of their day swimming all around their aquarium. They often respond to their owners by begging for food and wiggling their tails too. If [...]

Betta Fish Poll Results: How Many Betta Fish Do You Currently Own?

Bettas, originally uploaded by The Wandering Angel. The answers to the last Betta Poll are in: How many betta fish do you currently own? The majority of our betta readers own one betta fish currently but almost as many of you have been bitten by the betta bug and own multiple bettas. A few of [...]

Cycling a Small Aquarium

Betta tank, originally uploaded by deedoucette. Q: CD wrote, I’d like to keep my water as stable as possible, and cycling a tank seems to be the best way to do that, from what I’m reading online. But I have a small “tank” for my fish, and no real place for anything bigger (we live [...]

Symptoms of Dropsy in Betta Fish

Dropsy is the term we use to describe the severe bloating or pinecone appearance our betta fish take on as a result of organ failure.

Is CopperSafe Safe? – Treating Velvet Disease Safely

HM Red M – Sarawut, originally uploaded by Daniella Vereeken. Q: A wrote, After many days of guessing and hair-pulling, I think I finally figured out what’s been wrong with my little guy. I’m pretty sure he has velvet. I checked for velvet already, last week, but I didn’t see anything. And then, two nights [...]

Betta Poll Results: What Do You Mainly Feed Your Betta Fish?

Betta Macrostoma, originally uploaded by aaronKoo**. The answers to the last Betta Poll are in: What Do You Mainly Feed Your Betta Fish? Once again our readers have turned to the polls to tell us what they use to nourish their betta fish. This week, readers could select more than once answer and the results [...]

Antibiotics for your Aquarium Fish

Betta, originally uploaded by keijock. PL wrote, I read your article on SBD (swim bladder disorder) and I would like to know which anti-bacteria meds would be best. A: I’m afraid it’s the usual answer, “it depends”. Different antibiotics treat different bacteria. Some treat gram-negative and some treat gram-positive bacterial infections. Beyond that, some are [...]

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