Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-12-2013, 08:19 PM   #11 
New Member
Join Date: Mar 2013
Is he acting any differently or was he injured?
I can't find anything on google. Hopefully someone on here will know if anything is wrong.
smilingbat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2013, 08:55 PM   #12 
callistra's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
He may be marbling but this may be a sign of high ammonia.. Here are some of my concerns..

First off what filter are you using and do you have it prefiltered to avoid him being harmed by the intake tube?

Any time you want to run a tank with a filter and not do weekly 100% cahnges you should own a reliable drops kit for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Cycling takes up to 2 months to complete and any number of reasons might harm your biofilter and cause a mini cycle even further down the line. You need to be testing daily with a reliable drops kit for ammonia and nitrite and doing an extra 50% change any time you see either. In addition to this a weekly 50% with siphon is needed to remove poop and other debris from the gravel. It is not enough to just scoop water off the top ever.
First you will see ammonia, then nitrite. Eventually, hopefully, you will see ammonia fall and stay at 0 even after a week of no water changes, and finally nitrite. At this point you will be left with only nitrates after a full week of no changes and these can be kept <20ppm by weekly 50% change with siphon.

You should never replace all filter media in the same month - hopefully you have at least two types of media and three is better. Only replace a max of one a month. Carbon must be replaced monthly. Sponges only need to be replaced every 6-12months but you should swish it in the bucket of old tank water at least a couple times a month during a water change to reduce build up.

All water changes should use same temp water, matched to running tap using the in tank thermometer and the water needs to be premixed with conditioner before adding it to the betta tank. If you don't already have anything, you can use gallon water jugs from the grocery store - rinsed thoroughly in hot water but no chems.

Bettas are tropical fish and must be kept at a temp between 76-82, with 78-80 being ideal (about 25-27C). So your guy is chilly right now.

Feeding blood worms is like feeding potato chips – high in fat and poor nutrition. should look for a good quality pellets whose first two or three ingredients are whole fish, not fish meal or wheat. He should be fed two small meals a day (how many depends on the pellet you pick up) and one fast day a week. Feeding a worm as a treat once a week in replace of pellet meal is fine. Just make sure if they are freeze dried that you thoroughly soak them in a separate cup/container with some tank/treated water for at least 10minutes.

At this point I would change his food, invest in a test kit, and do an extra couple of water changes to be sure.
callistra 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
Giant White Spots on my Betta Fish Edmgirl07 Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 6 03-07-2013 09:25 PM
Betta fish looks like it has fluffy white mold on it's fin ! sailor Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 7 10-05-2012 09:23 PM
white fluff at the bottom of my betta fish hlbrg Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 3 06-27-2012 12:57 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:03 AM.

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