Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Care
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-13-2012, 03:54 AM   #1 
Valleyofmist
New Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
A couple of Betta Fish questions from a newbie!

Hi,
I adopted a male betta fish about a month ago and at first he was fine but a week ago I noticed he started discoloring and wasn't very active. Since then I bough bettafix medication and he got his color back and is slightly more active, but he still doesn't eat or swim much. I notice that while I was caring for him he would exhibit vertical lines when and when I looked at him in the light his color would change to a darker brown and black. Im really confused as to how his color can look healthy when the light is hitting him, but when it goes through it he looks unhealthy. Now Im confused if he really is a male because he has a white thing under his belly where the female betta fishes would have their eggs at. It look just like that. Ill post some pictures of him to show everyone.
Attached Images
  
Valleyofmist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2012, 04:07 AM   #2 
Sheldon31
Member
 
Sheldon31's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: AWOL
Does he have a heater? Loss of colour and inactivity can be caused by a number of things but a common cause is being too cold.

I am tempted to say, with those tiny front fins, he could be a she and if he's got an egg spot. When these lines show, does he look bloated?
Sheldon31 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2012, 04:25 AM   #3 
Valleyofmist
New Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
I was thinking the same that he was a she, but isn't weird that "she" would have such large fins? Also the area where the white thing is, is slightly pudgy. On another note, do you know why the color looks different when they are held towards the light? To answer your question, he doesn't have a heater. Right now I have him in a temporary container because I traveled, but he's usually in a 1 gal tank with rocks, and some fake silk plants. He has a light that slightly heats up the water as well but I make sure to only have it on for 30 mins or so.

Last edited by Valleyofmist; 05-13-2012 at 04:29 AM.
Valleyofmist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2012, 05:40 AM   #4 
Bombalurina
Member
 
Bombalurina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Australia
I wouldn't turn the light on at all if it is doing that. If you turn it on and it raises the temperature, then turn it off, the temp will drop right back down, and fluctuations like that are bad for fish. Try to get him a heater ASAP. :)

His ventrals are quite thick, and the length of that anal fins says to me, boy.
Bombalurina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2012, 07:21 AM   #5 
Tikibirds
Member
 
Tikibirds's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Warrensburg, NY
i have heard that some males do have egg spots like females.
Tikibirds is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2012, 07:47 AM   #6 
Bombalurina
Member
 
Bombalurina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Australia
Juveniles certainly do...I've never heard of it in males as well-developed as this little guy, though.
Bombalurina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2012, 03:36 PM   #7 
Bettaluver4evr
Member
 
Bettaluver4evr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
This is definitely a male fish. NO females have fins that long. :) That may be an egg spot, but that doesn't automatically make the fish female. He's beautiful.
I'd reccomend not using bettafix, it's bad for fish with the labyrinth organ, like bettas. It coats the outside of the organ and makes it difficult for them to breathe. I'd reccomend possibly a pinch of aquarium salt, and just be careful with water changes. :) Try to keep a steady schedule.
Bettaluver4evr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A couple of questions from a Betta newbie YarnLass Betta Fish Care 7 08-17-2014 01:00 PM
my fish is spoiled & I have a couple questions :) Betta Rookie Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 3 09-11-2011 04:30 AM
Newbie, a couple of questions, brand new tank, water etc, but betta isn't eating TokyoBetta Betta Fish Care 12 01-19-2010 11:45 PM
Couple of questions about betta Tycoon Betta Fish Care 8 05-14-2007 10:51 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.