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
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-14-2009, 07:15 PM   #1 
mollis
New Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Unhappy Tiny black spots on fins

Hi there!

I'm new to this forum, and to bettas. I was at a local pet store about a week ago and saw all these bettas in their tiny little cups. One in particular caught my eye. A sad sick little creature that was on it's back and looked to be on deaths door. Of course I had to rescue him!

Sooo.. brought him home, it was a last minute sort of thing so I only had a fishbowl that held maybe a gallon, if a little less. Upon placing him into the fishbowl he didn't move much. was struggling to swim - as if his back end was dragging him down. He managed to perch himself on this live plant I got him so he could be close to the surface and wouldn't have to move to get air.

I have stared at him for hours! lol. I am totally entranced. I have noticed that he has tiny little black dots all over his fins. There is no way these could be markings, right? He also has a little hole in his back fin.

I got him in a 2 gallon tank today, using all bottled water. I used the stress coat stuff just in case. He has two live plants, stones and shells and little nooks and crannies to hide in. He now seems to be swimming much more easily. And is much more active. I have a desk lamp over his tank atm - I will be getting a heater tomorrow.

So my question is -- what are these little black dots?

and also, is there any way to tell how old a betta is?

I feel like I have purchased the grandpa of the betta world. poor old guy.

Any comments suggestions would be so appreciated!

Thanks
mollis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2009, 07:28 PM   #2 
ifish
Member
 
ifish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Montreal QC
thanks for buying him a new home welcome to the fish fourm but i dont know what to say i hope he loves his home
ifish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2009, 07:39 PM   #3 
dramaqueen
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Central Texas
Hello and welcome to FishForum. You don't have to use bottled water, tap water will be fine, with water conditioner in it. Its kind of hard to tell how old a betta is but if it is pretty big, compared to others and the fins are pretty long then its probably at least a year old. I'm glad you're getting him a heater.I have no idea what the black dots could be. It would help if you could post a picture.
dramaqueen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2009, 07:40 PM   #4 
mollis
New Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Thanks! And yes I will post a picture once my camera has charged up.
mollis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 01:42 AM   #5 
sunkissedinCA
Member
 
sunkissedinCA's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: the bay area, california
welcome! aw, i bet he's so much happier now that you saved him. and the little black dots might actually be markings, my little girl has black dots on her fins. i cant wait to see a picture of him :)
sunkissedinCA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2009, 12:12 AM   #6 
AngelicScars
Member
 
AngelicScars's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: SC
It could just be normal markings. My CT boy has black dots on his fins and always has, pretty design too!
AngelicScars is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2009, 12:53 AM   #7 
MrVampire181
Member
 
MrVampire181's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Colorado
It depends. I'm clueless when it comes to the dots.

For the age: Most bettas in petstores are 6-8 months old. The larger flashier bettas are older. Let's just say he's about 7 months old ;P
You didn't buy the grandpa:they all look like that because they're soooo sick :(
MrVampire181 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
New betta, tiny white spots, help? beatlesusan Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 6 10-07-2009 06:51 PM
Wierd black spots on fins fishyinpa Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 22 02-25-2009 02:55 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:18 AM.


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