Hi, I though I would start a biography concerning my Betta fish's experience.
I guess I will start with I only have the one boy, but my experience in fish keeping is extensive, from Tropical to Marine, but long since gave up those hobbies because of time, maintenance and expense.
I have even had other Betta's before joining this forum, but now just the boy in my Avatar picture. Here's a little of his history.
He was purchased on January 18th 2013, and he was the first Betta actually purchased from a specialist Betta importer. Anyway after browsing this site I decided he needed a bigger home, I already had a heated and filtered 3 gallon, but moved him to the 5 gallon tank below on about day 2 of owning him.
He thrived for pretty much a year until the tail incident, some may remember that thread. But he basically ripped off half his tail on something, I will never know what, but it was quite shocking seeing half my boys tail lying on the bottom of the tank. Pictures below, show image of tail on bottom of tank and my boy where his tail had been ripped off from.
It has been a good 3 months since those pictures, and I am pleased to say his tail is growing back in, it still has a little way to go but he is healthy and healing so that's fine with me. I didn't do anything special except keep his weekly maintenance up. Current pictures.
Recently he also has moved tanks again, the filter packed up, and because his old tank was a one of cheap make it was virtually impossible to find a pump to fit the space for the filter. I did find one site in China that sold the pump, but they wanted my date of birth and that sort of info so thought it seemed a bit dodgy so didn't bother.
Luckily I had a old tank that I had used for a fancy goldfish, I actually thought it was smaller than what it was for some reason. Anyway after digging it out of the garage, and cleaning it up I was quite impressed with its suitability for a Betta, being long and shallow. I also had a couple of hang on filters lurking around, cleaned the best one up and it works fine for the flow a Betta needs. Transferred as much filter media as I could and didn't have any issues with cycling, I checked daily. And now he is very happy in his new tank, filling it up I would say size wise it is about 23 litres which would actually be over 5 gallons. Here are some pics of his new set up.
I love the way his little face is peeking out from his resting place in the above photo.
It is actually what they call Betta crystals over here made by a company called aquatopia, they are tiny smooth glass nuggets, mine is white and green, but they came in a variety of colour choices even pink and white, lol. They came in a small 400g packet designed for those small type Betta bowls, so I ended up buying about six packets just to have enough, they are ideal for Betta tanks because they are so smooth, and I think they look great, so worth the expense of six packs lol.
Little update, since another member had posted, if you look at a betta from above, he should look like a tadpole tapering from behind the gills, if he sinks in he is underweight, if out, he is overweight, I had often wondered how you could tell apart from extreme cases.
Anyway, I thought my boy actually looked a little under, so I have recently upped his feed from once a day to twice a day, He has gained weight.
But last night when I went to feed him. (it was a little later than usual) He was on the bottom in that deep sleep mode. Anyway I proceeded with his routine placing his cup in front of his view, I have done this before and he has woken fine no issues. This time however he must have be so deep, he suddenly woke shooting up to the surface taking air before dropping back down quickly, and going almost straight back into sleep mode, his gills were hardly moving. Few minutes later same thing, except this time when he came back down he started drifting over on his side. I actually was getting really worried thinking perhaps he could die of shock. Up to the surface again in same erratic manner, taking air and then erratically making to the other end of the tank, and dropping into his red silk plant, but literally nose dived downward, resting on the glass, and his tail on the plant, and still in that strange sleep sort of mode. After about five minutes his motor power seemed to come back on and his side fins started going, and he started levelling himself out, but he still didn't seem awake, awake, but he had moved himself on his silk plant fully. I quickly then dimed the lights in his fish tank area, thinking let him go back into sleep mode now that he looked comfortable, and his side fins did power back down.
Just wondered if anyone else has ever had anything like this happen? In the past I have sort of woken him before for his food, but never has he looked like he could die. Before it is like he still isn't fully awake and sometimes struggles to actually find his food, which I have always put down to being half asleep and his coordination is off.
To end on a happy note he was fine this morning and waiting for his breakfast, no issues whatsoever.
Little update, well since I have upped his food his body now tapers perfectly from behind his gills. And I am also pleased to note that since the upped feeding I am certain his tail re-growth has become quicker also, I guess having more energy as also helped with re-growth. There, haven't been any further incidents like the above post either which I am pleased to say.
Here are a few pics I took Yesterday, I think his tail re-growth is coming along nicely.
Thanks BL, when he first lost his tail he swam funny to. In those last two shots he had given up trying to avoid me and the camera, lol and was settling down for a nap ignoring me, once he realized food wasn't going to be involved. LOL
Yea, I actually made a joke on another thread, saying it's a wonder there aren't any Betta's called Homer like the Simpsons character. They certainly love their food like he does.
Oh just in case anyone wonders, his diet consist of about 6-8 NLS pre-soaked pellets in the morning feed (he is quite a decent sized boy) and in the evening I alternate daily between pellets and a Frozen tropical mix, and he has the same sized meal as the morning. I never have a fast day either. My feeding method is to feed until he looks nicely full and has slightly rounded belly, which you can see when you feed within a few seconds of every mouthful just under their side fins. Never feed to point that they look like they will explode.