The ‘Illness & Disease’ Category

The 4 Most Common Signs of Illness in Betta Fish

Sick betta fish can be cured, much of the time, if you can figure out what is ailing your betta.

How to Disinfect (Sanitize) Your Aquarium with Bleach

Bleach is one of the safest and most effective methods for sanitizing an aquarium before the initial set-up.

Common Diseases Bettas Bring Home from the Fish Store – Velvet Disease

betta femmina, originally uploaded by altiebassi. Q: CSM wrote, Hey there, I was wondering if I could trouble you with a quick question. Three days ago I purchased a betta. At the time, he appeared to be in good health, and when i brought him home, he swam in his new tank and ate all [...]

Older Bettas & Dropsy

Dropsy itself is not a disease but a symptom that can be caused by several things including a bacterial infection, virus or even parasites. It’s very common in tropical fish, especially Betta splendens and sadly it is usually fatal.

Abdominal Bleeding in Betta with Dropsy

The pineconing and bloating you see is believed to be caused by internal organ failure and the accumulation of fluids in the body. Once it becomes noticeable it’s usually too late.

Betta’s Body Turning Black

Emmy and her plant, originally uploaded by CerLynn. Q: YC wrote, Hi Christie! I love your site and your blog! They are very detailed and I admire how much time and effort you dedicate to this hobby. Bettas are beautiful, lovable fish and it’s nice to visit a site whose owner is not only knowledgeable, [...]

Betta Illness Develops After New Fish Arrive

beauty in the bottle, originally uploaded by anzyAprico. Q: LM & SM wrote, What is your tank size?Dudley’s normal home is a 20 Gal Have you tested for ammonia- what were the results? Yes, I’m a bit of a fanatic here – I use the Mardel master kit strips at least twice a week. All [...]

Illness Passed from Locally Caught Fish

Yoshiko!, originally uploaded by Fabiz Rabbit©. Q: EW wrote, I am in quite a stand still with what is wrong with my betta and I do not want to lose him! A few days ago I noticed a “film” if you will on my fish. I did a complete water change, and the symptoms went [...]

Betta Changes Color

When the fish goes from cold dirty water at the store and is placed in a clean warm environment their true colors begin to intensify in their vibrancy and often the change can be quite drastic.

Flavobacterium columnare (Cotton Wool Disease)

Tito, originally uploaded by guerogrande. Q: AS wrote, Hey. I have been in a dilemma over this problem for a whole week. My Betta fish lives in a rather big fish bowl with plastic plant. Recently, the tips of his fins have begun turning white and has two strands of whitish substance stuck to the [...]

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