Hello Nippyfish Readers (new and returning) and welcome to the busiest time of the year to be a Betta Fish blogger. Mid December kicks off an upswing of visitors to the blog and the Nippyfish main site as people receive well-meaning (if not poorly-planned) bettas as holiday gifts. The first flood of people are those who have turned to the web to learn how to care for their new pet and have landed here. I say to you, Welcome and congratulations on receiving your new betta fish.
First I should tell you that Nippyfish.net was born in 2004 as a place for me to assemble reliable betta care tips and advice based on science and personal experience. There is so much misinformation out there on the web that I was finding myself overwhelmed. I vowed to put together my own site where facts are listed as facts and opinions are noted as just that. You can take from it what you want and hopefully it will help ease the stress of learning to care for this complex and sensitive animal. Here are a few links to get you started. Also, this blog is a good resource as there are hundreds of Q&A and helpful articles listed. Use the search bar above to find what you are looking for or browse the drop-down menu to the right.

Bettas 101 – The basics about Betta Fish
Choosing a Tank – Don’t be fooled, a small open bowl or vase is not a safe environment for any fish
All About Water – Learn the basics of water testing and need-to-know water chemistry info for betta fish owners
Feeding Bettas – Overfeeding or underfeeding are common beginner mistakes. Learn what bettas eat and how much to feed.

The second flood of visitors to this site will come in January. This group I affectionately call the “ALL CAPS, HELP! PLEASE READ THIS EMAIL” group of Nippyfish readers who have rightfully worked themselves up into a panic because the betta they received for Christmas/Chanukah is sick or dying. The reason they are in this situation is not their fault and is usually the result of a well-meaning friend or relative who gave them the fish and relayed inaccurate advice from the fish store clerk about its “proper care.” Don’t get me wrong, I love fish store clerks – many read this blog and passionate ones often know more about fish keeping than I do. For every one of those clerks, however, there are 10 who have learned everything they know about bettas from 8.5×11 pamphlet provided by their store (if they’re lucky).

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. Chances are you received this fish because your friend/family member recognized that you are an animal lover and saw you as a responsible pet owner. Because you are loving and caring of animals you are freaking out and either blaming yourself, the fish store, or cruelty of the universe for the sickly-state of your betta. Hang in there, many betta fish diseases are curable and even if the worst happens and he doesn’t make it, you should be proud of yourself for doing the right thing and researching the needs of your pet.

You should start by reading the links in the section above and then check out our disease info here:

Sick Betta– A guide to the most common betta fish diseases and treatments.

Ok my friends. The holidays are almost here and I am anticipating your emails. I will be traveling a lot enjoying my time off but will do my best to get to as many emails as possible. Please don’t overstress and do enjoy your new pet. Bettas are extraordinarily interesting animals and have a lot to teach us. But a word of warning- they are addictive.

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  1. Sara says:

    I am a new betta owner and have put her in a vase. It’s a large vase, I’m cleaning it once a week, being careful not to overfeed her, and have put a small fake plant at the bottom for her to hide in. I have also put the vase on the counter where our dishwasher is because it’s the warmest place in the house and remains pretty constant. Will she be happy here?

  2. Christie says:

    Vases can be a real challenge but it sounds like you are off to a good start. Keep an eye out for signs of stress like loss of appitite or sluggishness and make sure you monitor the vase well with a thermometer. Keep up with those water changes too. If your betta show signs of stress or illniess you may want to provide her with a proper aquarium with heater and filter.

  3. valela says:

    I have two bettas. They both seem fine, they have healthy appitites, they’re active but not overly etc… My concern is this: I was told to watch out for red, bloody looking gills because it is a sign on ammonia or nitrate poisoning. Unfortunately, both of my bettas are significantly red. One is totally blood red the other is dark blue and crimson. How would I know if the gills are red abnormally?

  4. Christie says:

    It can be difficult to discern if your betta’s gills are abnormally colored because they are usually hidden behind the gill covers. But as long as you don’t allow ammonia to build in your tank you shouldn’t have to worry about it. A better plan would be to keep ammonia at bay in the first place rather than wait until your betta shows signs of stress or disease. You can do this by frequently changing your betta’s water and testing for ammonia in between water changes. Thanks for writing in Valela! Happy Betta Keeping.

  5. Shauna says:

    Hi! So I’ve had Brad, my betta, for probably 6 or 7 months now and he’s done just fine. 🙂 Happy and eats well and is very friendly. The filter stopepd working before I got him (hadn’t had fish for quite some time) but i cleaned the tank up and got it ready for him and all. Well I finally bought a new tank yesterday and it’s been running for over 24 hours. I added Brad in. He’s upset about the walls reflecting, but I’m worried about ammonia problems after reading so much about them. I adHi! So I’ve had Brad, my betta, for probably 6 or 7 months now and he’s done just fine. 🙂 Happy and eats well and is very friendly. The filter stopepd working before I got him (hadn’t had fish for quite some time) but i cleaned the tank up and got it ready for him and all. Well I finally bought a new tank yesterday and it’s been running for over 24 hours. I added Brad in. He’s upset about the walls reflecting, but I’m worried about ammonia problems after reading so much about them. I added half of his old tank water (is this ok/good?) and half dechloranated tap water. Should he be hardy enough to withstand the cycling process? How often/much of water changes should I do to prevent stress until I have a decent bacteria colony set up? Also, I’ve never used a heater. Is this okay? I know it’s recommended to have one, but should I still since he’s lived a good part of his life without one? ded half of his old tank water (is this ok/good?) and half dechloranated tap water. Should he be hardy enough to withstand the cycling process? How often/much of water changes should I do to prevent stress until I have a decent bacteria colony set up? Also, I’ve never used a heater. Is this okay? I know it’s recommended to have one, but should I still since he’s lived a good part of his life without one?

  6. Shauna says:

    So sorry that last post glitched a bit! Forgive my technical difficulties. 😛

  7. Anonymous says:

    (Corrected) Hi! So I’ve had Brad, my betta, for probably 6 or 7 months now and he’s done just fine. 🙂 Happy and eats well and is very friendly. The filter stopepd working before I got him (hadn’t had fish for quite some time) but i cleaned the tank up and got it ready for him and all. Well I finally bought a new tank yesterday and it’s been running for over 24 hours. I added Brad in. He’s upset about the walls reflecting, but I’m worried about ammonia problems after reading so much about them. I added half of his old tank water (is this ok/good?) and half dechloranated tap water. Should he be hardy enough to withstand the cycling process? How often/much of water changes should I do to prevent stress until I have a decent bacteria colony set up? Also, I’ve never used a heater. Is this okay? I know it’s recommended to have one, but should I still since he’s lived a good part of his life without one?

  8. Term Paper says:

    Certainly this is a attractive fish.And I had also this fish.This fish life is very few.Its can’t live 1 year.

  9. K82006 says:

    Okay, I need A LOT of help here!
    I’ve always owned dogs and other “furry” pets. But I just moved to NYC and my dog couldn’t join for a few months so I bought a betta and named it “Dog”. No, the help is not for psychosis!
    “Dog” is a crowntail betta. He’s extremely active! Is that normal?! He swims around all day and sometimes darts (which I am a little concerned about) but he doesn’t seem to be darting into anyting really…
    I’ve realized from reading a few websites that I have been severly over feeding him! Ugh I feel like a horrible mother! So really? Only 2-3 pellets twice a day? This guy has eaten like 10-15 pellets 3 times a day!!! I hope I haven’t potentially killed him…
    He knows who I am. Everytime I walk by he swims over to me and looks right at me. Is this normal? Am I losing my mind? He also is rather aggressive–is that normal?! My apartment is severly over heated so I think he’s in heaven since I read they like warmer water temperatiures.
    I have him in a bowl (I know I read this is horrible)… But it’s what I have, the room I have, and I’m not interested in getting a tank for a $2 fish! Don’t get me wrong this fish and I are becoming close! (Joking–to an extent). SO! Could someone knowledgle please respond to this and tell me if I’m doing okay here?! Or if there are other things I should do/think about?! I’m going to go by the guidlines I’ve read and only feed him 2-3 pellets twice a day. I have freeze dried blood worms too that I’ve been giving him every couple of days but they freak me out. Feedback?! Help?! THANK YOU INTERNET WORLD!

    • Ella Jones says:

      I believe that activeness is quite normall in beta fish. The same is true about reocgnition. Aggresssion is common in male betas. Yo are not losing your mind.

  10. Aaron says:

    stumbled across your site today and it seems that I am right on your =
    schedule of writing after the holidays with care questions. Sorry about =
    that! 🙂
    This past Christmas we purchased 3 bettas, 1 for each of our children =
    (ages 9, 10 and 15). We are not exactly new to fish (I have an =
    established 30-gallon community tank), but are very new to bettas.
    It may make you cringe, but we do have the bettas in small “tanks”, =
    which are actually quart jars. We used treated tap water (just treat =
    for ammonia, as our tap water has higher levels of ammonia) and perform =
    water changes every 3-4 days. The fish seem to be doing fine in this =
    My question is actually regarding travel. We will need to be away for 6 =
    days and am wondering what to do about the fish. We can not have anyone =
    come in to care for them, and I’m worried about leaving them. We did =
    buy the “feeding stones” that are supposed to last for a week or so, =
    which I assume would be fine. But, I’m more worried about going 6 days =
    without a water change in such a small tank. I know my 30-gallon will =
    be fine, but these poor bettas may suffer. I’m wondering if it would be =
    wiser to try and take them with us (we are traveling by van and the =
    drive is 10 hours), but I’m not sure how stressful that would be on them =
    either. We only need 1-gallon of water for a full water change, so we =
    could bring our own water to avoid any complications on that front.
    Anything you can suggest would be appreciated!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Ohh gosh. This blog is way helpful! Ohh,, first of all… I’m getting 2 bettas tmw (a male and female). I’m keeping them in separate vases/bowls. I really would like to keep them in tanks with water heaters and the works, but seriously… how pricy is that? And I’m just a high school student. Now…I had bettas before (when I was around 9). We kept them in big glass vases/bowls. They were so cute! My first was named Dena (I thought he was a girl…) When my mum corrected me, I wanted to change his name to Fishy. Creative, no? But she wouldn’t let me (thank gahd ‘cos Dena is a much better name than Fishy). Anyways, anyways, I’m getting away with myself here… So! Does anyone here have any tips for me? I’ve been doing a lot of research (for a week straight…I think i’m becomming a bit obsessed) and I found that they prefer warmer water. Is there any cheap/inexpensive way I can do that? I want my bettas to be as comfy as possible (although ANYTHING has to be better than those horrid, tiny bowls that petstores keep them in). And feeding habits… I read that Bettas must not be fed just on dry flakes/pellets or they’ll die from neutrients they’re missing out on. Ohh gosh! Is this true? I don’t wanna spend $40 a month on fancy shmancy beef hearts or whatev. But I also don’t want my bettas to be malnourished. Ohh dear, I’m fretting a bit. x0 Any help/tips will be helpful! Merci!~
    Jo Anna in Pennsylvania
    p.s.;; if any one wants to respond;; email me at one of my extra accounts;; spicycandy32@yahoo.com
    I hope to hear from you guys! 🙂

  12. Elizabeth says:

    My female Betta fish has been fighting with the other female Bettas. What can I do to separate that one without have to buy ANOTHER tank? I have two tanks already. Both have Bettas in them.

    • Christie F. says:

      Hi Elizabeth – Most aquarium stores (and even generic pet stores like PetCo and PetsMart sell aquarium tank dividers. Bettas can be really good at hopping over them so I usually prefer to separate them in different tanks but if that is out of the question for you then I would recommend trying the dividers. They are inexpensive.

  13. Morgan says:

    I just got a new Betta fish and he was overly active the first day, he was swimming and way healthier that all the others. He ate, but I realized I’ve overly fed him and his belly is pretty bloated! Not to the extreme but it’s big, and after I noticed it got bigger he’s been less active and resting on the pebbles at the bottom of the tank. Did I basically kill him? This is pretty weird to admit but I’m already attatched to Neptune. He’s a male viel fin Betta fish. (and I’ve been feeding him pellets)

    • Christie F. says:

      It’s doubtful that you killed him with food, but I should ask… how many pellets did you feed him? Don’t give him any food for the next 1 – 2 days and watch to see that he is pooing. Also, check the water temperature. This has a lot to do with how active your betta is and how quickly he metabolizes his food.

      • Morgan says:

        I fed him maybe 10 in the whole day. And I did what you said, and Neptune is much better! He’s been very active and pooping. I love him and thanks!

  14. Bea says:

    Ok the truth is this i have a real betta now and it’s true i just wanted some information about bettas so this is my first betta and i think he’s not eating his flakes… :I i know he does chew it or something. He just spits it out and it floats down.

  15. Bea says:

    i don’t know why he doesent eat his flakes pls. help me before he starves to death!

  16. Ashley says:

    I have a bad feeling my Betta is on its way out! I feel just horrible. She has been a great fish, up until maybe the last few weeks, she has been at the top of the tank. ( the kind she came with!) She stops moving and starts to float at the top, but seems to still be pulling water through her gills. I don’t know what to do about this! Unfortunately I have had her over a year and she did good last winter, but I cant help but wonder if the water temp. might make a difference. the only thing is, that I would have to get a new tank and filter and water warmer. And I dont have that much money to do that right now. Even though it seems that you are againts Euthinasizing Do you think this might be the best thing. I dont want my Betta to suffer!

    • Christie F. says:

      Hi Ashley,
      Euthanizing fish should be reserved for when they are so sick that there is no hope for them to recover and when you suspect they are suffering. I would never condone euthanizing a fish because of the cost associated with providing them the proper set-up. Most often bettas become lethargic because of water issues (you mentioned temperature). Have you had a chance to check your water temperature, ammonia and nitrite levels and pH? If you can send me the numbers I can review them for you.
      Just to touch on your concerns about caring for your fish… Please don’t euthanize him because you can’t afford a heater or a larger tank. The first thing I’d suggest is moving him to the warmest room in the house and being very diligent about cleaning his tank (not sure how large it is but you mentioned needing a new one). If you still feel like you absolutely can’t care for him, I’d suggest asking the fish store to take him, explaining that you can’t afford to provide him with proper care. If they won’t take him, the ASPCA (animal shelter) absolutely will.

  17. Sarah says:

    Hi, I’m a new betta fish owner. I just got my new betta fish (male Delta) a week ago, but he seems extremely unhappy! I haven’t been able to buy him a bigger tank, but will be doing so as soon as possible. He seemed okay for the first couple days, but now he seems extremely unhappy! I keep my room at around 85 degrees, so I was told that he wouldn’t need a tank heater. For some reason, he hasn’t been eating at all, and his fins look extremely ragged (although he doesn’t appear to have fin rot). I’ve been trying to keep his water and tank very clean so they don’t get infected, and I put in a new toy in case he’s been biting his fins due to boredom, but nothing seems to work! Please help!

    • Christie F. says:

      When you clean his tank are you using anything to condition the new water? Something to neutralize the chlorine? Have you done any tests to check the ammonia level or pH?

  18. Sarah says:

    Yes, I’ve been using a water conditioner every time I change his water. I don’t use detergent or anything, but I rinse with hot water. I remove any food he doesn’t eat within an hour. I just can’t figure out what’s wrong :/

    • Christie F. says:

      The next step would be to do a standard water test for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH and kh. (You can buy those little test strips if you aren’t used to testing your water) You said he was a new betta. If you acclimated him within the last two weeks or so, it could be that he is showing the signs of stress associated with acclimating to his new tank. It can be very hard on their bodies to go from the fish store water to their new aquarium, especially if the water parameters (pH for example) were very different. It’s fairly common to see this within the first week or two. Here is the standard list of questions I ask anyone who needs help. Answer them as best you can.
      1. What is your tank size?
      2. Have you tested for ammonia- what were the results?
      3. Have you tested for nitrite- what were the results?
      4. Have you tested for nitrate- what were the results?
      5. Have you tested for pH- what were the results?
      6. What temperature is your tank?
      7. How often do you perform water changes, how much water do you change?
      8. What water additives are you using (please include any conditioners,
      salt or medications)
      9. What type of food are you feeding, how often and how much?
      10. What kind of tank mates, when were they added?
      11. Is your tank planted?
      12. What are the symptoms, when did they begin and is there anything else
      we should know?

  19. Lilly says:

    Ok, so this isn’t my first Betta or even my first female Betta, but this is the first time I’ve tired to put a Betta in a community tank. Now after reading several blogs and posts on line I am double thinking it, but I have already bought the fish and have had them to long to take back to the pet store. But back to the delema at hand, I have one plecostomus fish, three Neon Tetra, two male guppies (a lepord and what I think might be a fancy), and a female guppie (and obveously the female Betta (her name is Sherry! >_<) all in a 29 gallon together.
    Now Sherry is in a fish net breeder at the moment in the tank, but the problem is that I had her and the sucker fish first in the tank and then bought the others later. I read some where that that wasn't a good thing to do so for fear I bought the net she is currently living in now. My hopes are that by being in the tank with the other fish (but sepeart) she will grow use to them being there and when I releace her she won't attack them and vice versa.
    I've read that Neons can be fin nippers, but can co-exsit with Bettas. The guppies however I fear for, I have read that Bettas often times mistake them for other Bettas and attack, but I've also heard that depending on the Betta's attitude they can co-exsit too. This is very confusing to me and I won't lie, I have had trouble picking community fish before… (Thinks back the last community tank and remembers the 3 angle fish, 1 rainbow shark, and the 1 dragon fish… not the best idea bringing in the shark, the poor thing was nearly everyone's lunch) However, I just want to be clear about one thing- I'm not worried about any fry, if Sherry eats them then good, that's just another way to keep the tank's population in check and a healthy snack for her in the process. But anyways, I guess what I'm getting at here is, "Is this the worst idea all over again?" Please help me before I release Godzilla on Tokeo. @_@
    P.S. None of the other fish seem aggressive towards her, but remembering back to when I first intorduced the sucker fish she followed them for about an hour before lossing interest in them. Yes, there was two sucker fish but due to a tragic out break of ick brought on by my non-sympathetic husband I lost one of the two sucker fish in the beginning of February. I bought the Neons and Guppies about mid/late February after the ick was completely gone from the tank.

    • Christie F. says:

      Hi Lilly,
      A lot of what you read about community tanks is a general rule of thumb but may not apply to every situation. Yes, neons can be fin nippers, and yes, sometimes bettas are aggressive toward guppies… but I can’t say that this will happen to you with 100% assurance. I’ve seen all kinds of things that are out of the norm in an aquarium. I had a female betta jump my tank divider once and kill my male. I never would have expected that. I have also heard plenty of stories where community set-ups work out, which probably never should have. All I can say is, give it a try… observe very closely for signs of stress or injury… and if it doesn’t work out, separate the betta. If it does work out, your betta fish will LOVE the fish fry from your guppies. You didn’t mention what kind of plecostomus you have. Keep in mind that many Plecos become quite large when full grown and will need to be moved into a larger aquarium eventually.

  20. Lilly says:

    Thank you for replying, but I’m afraid that tragity has already hit. I’m not sure how it happend but when I got home an hour ago I found my male lepord guppie got into the fish breeder with Sherry. He’s still alive but I don’t think he will make it, she chewed off his back fin and I think out of desperation he was trying to excape and got stuck between the plastic bar and the netting. I almost didn’t notice that he was there except he wiggled when I dropped her food pelets into the water. He’s still breathing and wiggling around every now and then, but he’s upside down and like I said, she took off with his back fin. She keeps looking for him in the netting, I’m afraid she might be to aggresive for the other two guppies in the tank. I know the neons could out swim her but the guppies are slow… Do you think if I put two more females in there she might do better and leave the others alone? I read somewhere that if there are three or more females together in a community they tend to play a little nicer. I don’t want to give up just yet…
    But on another note, my Pleco is albino, almost 2”, and I named him Watson, that’s all I know about him. My husband brought him home sick with Ich from Petco and I’ve had him every since. I named him Watson because my husband is a big fan of the Sherlock Homes Detective novles. But anyways, I know he’s not a Brissal Nose coz I’ve had those before, so as far as I know he could be any kind of Pleco.

  21. Rose says:

    I have just recently bought my first Betta. I have him in a one gallon tank that has a heater light and a oxygen pump. It has some fake plants in it which he Absolutely loves to hide in. He seems to be doing just fine and has lots of energy. I there anything i should be worried about , or precautions i should take in carrying for him?

  22. Meg says:

    I just got my betta today, (fernando) but I have to keep him in a half gallon bowl for a week or so until I can get a bigger bowl. Will he be ok with the smaller bowl for awhile?

  23. Liz says:

    Thank you for your great site and all of the helpful information!
    I am hoping you can give me some advice on a sick fish.
    I have had a male betta for about a year. He lives in a 2-3 gallon tank with a small catfish and several nerite snails. The tank is heavily planted (Vallisneria, Anacharis, and Riccia) and heated to 78. He had been blowing nests regularly, and a couple of months ago I added a gravid female. They have not mated, but seem to get along OK (except that he chases her away from her food).
    He got sick three days ago: He has been lying on the plants at the top of the tank, so that he can breath air at the surface. He will move if disturbed, but otherwise just lies there (usually on one side). He is not eating. I was hoping it was just constipation, although his stomach does not look bloated (nor does he appear to have dropsy or any wounds), and tried to feed him some pea on the end of a toothpick. However, he wouldn’t touch it. I haven’t tried giving him any other food directly.
    The pH is fine, and the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate all measure as zero. I tried replacing about 1/3 of the water anyway. [I usually use tap water that has sat out for a few days. Because I was in a hurry this time, I used spring water that had warmed to room temperature (in the 70s)].
    The female betta and the catfish look fine, as do the snails (they are going about their business and not up at the top of the tank).
    The fish is clearly sick, but I have no idea what it could be and don’t want to start randomly adding antibiotics.
    Many thanks for any advice you can offer.

    • Christie F. says:

      It’s hard to guess exactly what is wrong as sluggishness is a general symptom that could mean almost anything. The first thing that stands out is that your tank is terribly over crowded. A 2 or 3 gallon aquarium is really only large enough for one betta (and maybe a snail) but is not nearly big enough for 2 bettas, a cat fish and several snails. I personally never recommend keeping a male and female together. Even if you are trying to breed them, usually that is done in a separate breeding tank under constant supervision. They could turn on each other at any point and one or both could be injured. It’s even possible that the stress of the two bettas being in such close proximity over a long period of time is causing your fish’s behavior change. I’d recommend getting, at the very least, another aquarium for one of the bettas.

  24. Sarah says:

    Thinking of getting some fish for the first time. If I get one betta will it be lonely. Should I have a couple I’m the tank?

    • Christie F. says:

      Bettas are solitary fish and won’t be lonely if kept by themselves. Sometimes other fish, under the right circumstances can be housed with a betta. People often ask if their betta will be happier with another fish to keep them company and I always tell them that tankmates are for YOUR benefit, not the bettas. The betta will be just fine without the added stress of another fish in the tank. That said, if you are interested in setting up a community aquarium we do have a page dedicated to betta fish tankmates.

  25. Joanne says:

    Hi, I’m a newbie (2 day) owner of a Betta. He is still in his tiny tub I purchased him in. So far I set up a 5 gallon tank with a slow-moving filter, and little heater pad, & thermometer. I filled the tank with bottled water. The problem is the PH. It tested at 5.5. Then I tested the water he came in and it tested at 8.5. What to do? Should I empty the tank and use my tap water which is also very hard so he won’t get shocked? or should I get the PH UP to increase the level? I was thinking that I would then begin slowly decreasing the PH??? Please help.

    • kelenlutim says:

      You should just remove the water and put new water in.Then,put your betta in and put your tank in the sunlight for a few hours.I suppose that will work.

  26. Slaine says:

    I am going to get a Betta fish very soon. I have the tank set up. What I was wondering is if it was ok if i don’t use the Aquarium Water Conditioner on my tank when I first introduce my Betta to it. I am hoping to get the conditioner but if i have enough money I would still only be able to get it when i get the Betta. Please Help I want to make sure the Betta is healthy!

    • Christie F. says:

      If you are using water from the tap then water conditioner is critical (assuming your water is treated with chloramines by the city or you get it from a well) Putting your betta in untreated tap water could cause significant illness or death if he is exposed to chlorine or chloramines. Water conditioner should be used at every water change (even partial water changes).
      If you are unable to get water conditioner you can use bottled spring water (not distilled). There is no need to buy the expensive stuff. Just cheap grocery store spring water will do. This does not have chlorine or chloramines and can be used without conditioner. In the long run, however, it will be cheaper to buy conditioner and use tap water. Hope this helps and best of luck with your new betta fish!

      • Slaine says:

        thank you

    • kelenlutim says:

      No,you shouldn’t do it.Betta fish are not used for Aquarium Water Conditioner.You should use tap water instead.Water conditioner is critical,which means disapproving or scathing.

  27. anonymus says:

    i put my betta fish underneath my desk lamp so it can get some light but my dad says that the light will blind and burn the fish. what should i do???

  28. kelenlutim says:

    Instead,put it near the window so it can be warm and not burn up.Betta fish are tropical as you know.

  29. anonymus says:

    i put my two male bettas in the same tank with a almost tranperant divider in the middle.
    the fish are constantly tryng to fight. i don’t want them to be stressed out but my mom won’t let me move one of the fish for 2 days!!! will they get used to each other???

    • kelenlutim says:

      They will,but don’t let them too close for the first three weeks,or else they will fight.



  31. Levi Lode says:

    I just got my new betta fish from a family friend and it has been in a small container for some time now. Given that fact, its fins are droopy and folded together on the ends. Is there any way I can fix this?

  32. Mini says:

    Hi..found your blog very informative. I got a new Betta fish yesterday- Maximus 🙂 . I tried feeding him last night, but he did not eat anything. Tried feeding him with 2-3 flakes this morning as well, but unfortunately he did not eat. Is it because he is new to the environment that he is not eating or is it something else? I have kept him in a large bowl with fresh drinking water and an artificial plant for him to hide. I’m really worried. Please help 🙁

  33. elise says:

    that is stupid !!! all you were bla bla blaing about was not what i ask for !!!!!!!!!

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