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
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-26-2012, 09:43 AM   #11 
Aus's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Australia!
Okay. You need to be sure you have a heater. The thing that makes the water warm. That isn't the filter, it's a separate thing.

Your spotty fish has ich. This is a parasite - don't panic! - easily gotten rid of in most cases by upping the tank temparature, and using a dose of Aquarium salt (not regular salt) at 1 teaspoon per gallon, with 100% water changes every day.

You really do need another tank for the other guy. He will very likely also have ich, it's highly contagious. You'll need both tanks heated. A filter isn't as necessary as a heater (adjustable is WAY better since you'll need to change the temp..). So go to the store, get a tank and a heater for that guy because treating both fish in your set up, and them escaping etc, is going to be a nightmare, probably.

Both fish will need their temp --slowly--- turned up to 86, the spots will fall off. Every day you have to change the water and add new salt, for about a week. The ich should go away and not come back. Then --slowly-- turn the temp back down after a last 100% change. This will all be a lot easier if you don't have gravel in the tanks. If you do, wash the gravel out when you change the water.

Their behaviour is probably a mix of stress/being new/not being acclimated (slowly introduced to new water/ph)/having ich etc.

They'll be just fine once all their needs are met.

The hanging out at the top of the water is normal, if they're just going up, taking a breath and swimming off. Bettas breath air.. they have a special organ that helps them do that, and they can drown if they can't take a breath.

Bettas also jump, so make sure your tanks have a lid.

In a 2.5 filtered tank, 1 30-50% change plus 1 x 50% change with gravel cleaning (a vacuum is handy for that) per week is fine for one fish.

When putting fish in a new environment, float them in the little store cup and slowly add new water to it every 5 mins for 15 mins or so. This helps avoid shock.

Do not add old tank water to new if the fish have had illness/parasites.

And really -- don't panic! It's not that bad. We're here to help you. This happened to me with my very first fish (the ich, tank not right, etc) and now I can be calm about things, lol.

Last edited by Aus; 06-26-2012 at 09:57 AM.
Aus is offline   Reply With Quote

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
Lazy Bettas or Sick Bettas? MissFutureVet Betta Fish Care 14 05-22-2012 12:46 PM
Yay! Sick bettas are well! Ramble Betta Chat 2 04-16-2012 11:50 AM
New to Bettas ... sick boy :( Rottnk9s Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 10 03-12-2011 11:03 PM
2 new bettas are sick? please help! gardengirl13 Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 3 02-21-2011 08:59 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:14 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.