The ‘Velvet’ Category

Velvet Disease

G7A6Z5G6K22R Velvet Disease or Piscinoödinium or Oödinium pilularis is a parasitic infestation that is very common among both salt and freshwater fish. This parasite is opportunistic and is present in most commercial aquariums. When a fish is stressed due to temperature fluctuations, poor water quality or other stressors they become susceptible to the parasites. Velvet [...]

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 [...]

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.

Betta with a Curved Body

Firefly, originally uploaded by BettaBerries. Q: CBN wrote, ,/b> Hey Chistie, I need your urgent advice again. After a great recovery, Titan made a bubble nest and all (his 1st one) I was really happy. 4 days after that, he suddenly stopped eating and became a bit lethargic, less active. He now seems to have [...]

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