Q: SS wrote, I’m afraid my betta is sick. He never blows bubbles and I read that only healthy bettas blow bubble nests. Is there something I can do to get him to blow bubbles? A: While it’s true that healthy male bettas tend to blow bubble nests more then unhealthy bettas it isn’t a given that … Read more about Bubble Nests & Bettas
Q: CF wrote, Why is my betta’s stomach so bloated? Is he getting fat? A: A few things can cause a bettas stomach to bloat. Overfeeding is the most common culprit. Most fish food containers advise you to feed your betta what they can eat in two minutes. Because bettas tend to bloat it’s better to … Read more about Bloated Betta
Q: FN Wrote, Should I get my betta a flare buddy so he won’t be depressed? A: Flare buddies are a bit of a misnomer. Male bettas are territorial by nature. This is an instinctual pattern imprinted in their DNA designed for the survival of the species. When mating, healthy aggressive male bettas … Read more about Flare Buddies for Bettas
Q: IW wrote, My local fish store told me I didn’t need a heater for my betta tank. Is this true? A: A betta tank should be warm and stable at an optimal temperature of about 78F (25.5C). A few wild species of bettas are naturally found in waters in the low 70s but the more common tank raised Betta … Read more about Betta Water Temperature
Q: TF wrote, Christie, I can’t afford live plants for my betta tank. Can I use plastic plants instead? A: As long as the plants you choose don’t have sharp pieces that will tear fragile betta fins it doesn’t matter if they are real or fake. A helpful way to determine if your plants are safe is to … Read more about Plastic Plants OK for Betta?
Q: RF wrote, Hi Christie, I recently bought a betta fish. It was the healthiest looking one I could find but one of his fins is clamped. I don’t know why and like to cure it if I can. On the previous site I could find clamped fins under the Symptoms/illness & disease but now I can’t see … Read more about Betta with Clamped Fins
Q: LR Wrote: Hi Christie, I really need you help. My betta is severely constipated and I have tried to do everything possible, I tried to give him the Daphnia and he won’t eat anything but pellets. He was eating bloodworms when this happened. I have soaked him in Epson salt bath, but that … Read more about Constipated Betta
Q: KD Wrote, Can you put a male and female betta together? What are the precaustions we should know. Is nipping at each other common? A: Unless you are spawning you really don’t want to keep male and female bettas together. Even when you are trying to breed them it’s not uncommon for one or both … Read more about Housing Males with Females