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Old 04-09-2013, 12:38 PM   #1 
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Some questions

Hey. I have had my betta Felix for a while now, and I would like to ask a few questions:

1. The top layer of water in his tank is much warmer than the rest. Is it normal? If not, why does this happen? Also, is it dangerous to the fish? Anyway, I will buy a new heater and thermometer tomorrow so that I will have a spare one.

2. I feed my betta quite much, about 5 pellets. It seems okay and he doesn't have any issues with it. Still, should I cut down the quantity?

3. Recently I have noticed that he is starting to have red color on his pectoral fins, which were once more transparent. It shows on one more than on the other, and on different parts of the fins. His natural color is, between the rest, red. Is that an indicator of something or is he just growing up?

4. Felix is a crowntail betta. I have noticed that the last 0.5-0.3 cm of his fins are crooked, so is the fin is straight and the is pointing slightly down. Is that normal or a sign of growth? He had had light fin rot some time back.

5. He tends to be very cranky when I get near, especially when it's feeding time, and will jump many times from the water my hand will be above the water. Also, it has been more difficult than usual to get him out of his tank when I had to clean it. Any thoughts?

He is in a 13 liter tank, he seems healthy and happy and builds bubble nests as a routine. About a month or so ago he fell from about a meter height, but not for a long time and had no signs of any trouble, issues or trauma. The thermometer in his tank is showing a perfect 26 Celsius, but it shows it on any level in the tank (also when on the warmer upper level) so I do not know whether to trust it or not.. I feed him twice a day 4-5 pellets every time, and he never has any Swim Bladder Disease or constipation. I change his water twice a week - once 50% and once 100%.

Answers will be very much appreciated, I am very worried!! Thanks!!
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:58 PM   #2 
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Hey. I have had my betta Felix for a while now, and I would like to ask a few questions:My answers are in bold black.

1. The top layer of water in his tank is much warmer than the rest. Is it normal? If not, why does this happen? Also, is it dangerous to the fish? Anyway, I will buy a new heater and thermometer tomorrow so that I will have a spare one.Some people turn their heaters horizontally instead of vertically and place it near the bottom of the tank. Heat rises, so maybe that will help keep the temps even?

2. I feed my betta quite much, about 5 pellets. It seems okay and he doesn't have any issues with it. Still, should I cut down the quantity?My personal opinion is that is fine. If you feed twice a day maybe cut it to once a day every other day.

3. Recently I have noticed that he is starting to have red color on his pectoral fins, which were once more transparent. It shows on one more than on the other, and on different parts of the fins. His natural color is, between the rest, red. Is that an indicator of something or is he just growing up?I think that is totally normal, they can have so many different color changes in their lifetime, it's fun to see!

4. Felix is a crowntail betta. I have noticed that the last 0.5-0.3 cm of his fins are crooked, so is the fin is straight and the is pointing slightly down. Is that normal or a sign of growth? He had had light fin rot some time back.Do you know the ph of your water? I have read that high ph can curl a crowntail betta's fins.

5. He tends to be very cranky when I get near, especially when it's feeding time, and will jump many times from the water my hand will be above the water. Also, it has been more difficult than usual to get him out of his tank when I had to clean it. Any thoughts?Keep him in the tank while cleaning if possible. Try putting a bowl or his betta cup on the tank floor and then slooooowly lift it up when he swims above it. Hopefully he won't know what's happening until he is safely inside the cup.

He is in a 13 liter tank, he seems healthy and happy and builds bubble nests as a routine. About a month or so ago he fell from about a meter height, but not for a long time and had no signs of any trouble, issues or trauma. The thermometer in his tank is showing a perfect 26 Celsius, but it shows it on any level in the tank (also when on the warmer upper level) so I do not know whether to trust it or not.. I feed him twice a day 4-5 pellets every time, and he never has any Swim Bladder Disease or constipation. I change his water twice a week - once 50% and once 100%.

Answers will be very much appreciated, I am very worried!! Thanks!! Sounds like you are doing a great job with him!
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:18 PM   #3 
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1. The top layer of water in his tank is much warmer than the rest. Is it normal? If not, why does this happen? Also, is it dangerous to the fish? Anyway, I will buy a new heater and thermometer tomorrow so that I will have a spare one. Two of my tanks do not have LED lights, and the bulbs actually heat the top third of the water. This COULD be the case in your situation, but if the heater is indeed malfunctioning, it needs to be replaced right away. Maybe you could put the heater in another container and see if it heats that conatiner evenly.

2. I feed my betta quite much, about 5 pellets. It seems okay and he doesn't have any issues with it. Still, should I cut down the quantity? I think part of this depends on the quality of food you are feeding him, but as long as he isn't having any problems, it's up to you. Just remember that the size of his stomach is only the size of his eyeball, so be careful not to overdo it.

3. Recently I have noticed that he is starting to have red color on his pectoral fins, which were once more transparent. It shows on one more than on the other, and on different parts of the fins. His natural color is, between the rest, red. Is that an indicator of something or is he just growing up? This one is hard to tell without seeing the fish, but it could be a couple of things. Yes, bettas are sold young, so it is pretty likely that he is just maturing. Secondly, he could be a marble (again hard to say without pics), which means that he spontainiously changes color. If the redness appears somewhere else and looks oozy or seems extremely abnormal, it could be a serious problem so keep an eye on it.

4. Felix is a crowntail betta. I have noticed that the last 0.5-0.3 cm of his fins are crooked, so is the fin is straight and the is pointing slightly down. Is that normal or a sign of growth? He had had light fin rot some time back. I can't promise you that its nothing, but I can tell you that some fish just have wonky fins. my veiltail's looks kind of like that and he is fine.

5. He tends to be very cranky when I get near, especially when it's feeding time, and will jump many times from the water my hand will be above the water. Also, it has been more difficult than usual to get him out of his tank when I had to clean it. Any thoughts? Some bettas are just more aggressive than others, but this could be a sign that he is stressed out. What kind of things are in his tank? if he is lacking hiding places or plant cover, you approaching him while he is so exposed could do this. If you recently changed his location, added or subtracted from his surroundings, or changed your appearance, that could also be the source of his behavior. I think he is most likely just aggressive though. My CT is much more aggressive than my other fish and flares at me if I even glance at the tank.

He is in a 13 liter tank, he seems healthy and happy and builds bubble nests as a routine. About a month or so ago he fell from about a meter height, but not for a long time and had no signs of any trouble, issues or trauma. The thermometer in his tank is showing a perfect 26 Celsius, but it shows it on any level in the tank (also when on the warmer upper level) so I do not know whether to trust it or not.. I feed him twice a day 4-5 pellets every time, and he never has any Swim Bladder Disease or constipation. I change his water twice a week - once 50% and once 100%. maybe you could trap some of the bottom water with a tupperware container or something. Then I would run ther thermometer under hot or cold water so you can start frsh with the measurement, then measure the water you isolated to see if it matches the warmer water at the top of the tank. try changing locations of your heater to see if it makes a difference.

Answers will be very much appreciated, I am very worried!! Thanks!!
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