The ‘Parasites’ Category

Treating Tropical Fish with Garlic

The use of garlic as a medicinal aid has been popping up all over internet fish forums since 2009. Betta fish and discus owners in particular have been receptive and have touted its benefits for treating anything from appetite loss to blindness and everything in between. When I start seeing a new remedy gain in [...]

Betta Fish Twitching

Close Up of Sara, originally uploaded by shagajr. Q: AH wrote, I have a question about my betta fish and, because your site is so informative, I thought you would be a great resource. I’ve had my little betta, Sam, for about 3 weeks. He lives in a 2 gallon tank filled with tap water [...]

Betta’s Head Changing Color

Blue Fighting Fish, originally uploaded by Rae134. Q: DH wrote, I have had my betta Lapis for a little over a month now, and he’s been through quite an ordeal. About a couple weeks ago he managed to get stuck against the old filter system I had in the tank and ripped his caudal fin [...]

Betta Fish Poll Results: Which Common Betta Illness has you Stressed?

tema röd, originally uploaded by miluhe. In the last Nippyfish Poll we asked our readers; which common betta illness has you stressed? The results are in and they are all over the board. 54% (13 Votes) Fin Rot25% (6 Votes) Swim Bladder Disorder12% (3 Votes) Parasites (Ich, Velvet, Etc.)20% (5 Votes) Fungus (Cotton Wool or [...]

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 [...]

New Betta Fish Isn’t Very Active

Daffodil, originally uploaded by hypnotic_mist. EP Wrote, Hi Christie! First off, thanks so much for taking the time to read this, it’s a big help! I bought a betta last Friday, (Davey Jones) and I find he’s been acting strange ever since I got him home. Granted, I do know each individual fish is different, [...]

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.

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 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.

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