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 02-23-2011, 12:40 AM   #1 
BettaMama11
New Member
 
BettaMama11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Unhappy Getting worried about my betta =(

So its been 3 days since I got my betta, and she hasn't eaten yet, before she was really active swimming around and now she hardly swims around and she just moves around the bottom of the tank and sometimes goes to the top and hides in her plant...I'm getting really worried about her and don't know what to do...she's been like that for a few hours now..

I've been trying to feed her everyday but she's not interested in her food, I changed her water yesterday because it wasn't looking as clear..was that a mistake??? She's in a 1/2 gallon at the moment while i look to upgrade to a larger tank
BettaMama11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2011, 12:54 AM   #2 
BlakbirdxGyarados
Member
 
BlakbirdxGyarados's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Currently based in NJ
Changing the water was probably a good thing to do if it didn't look clear.
Try checking the pH levels in the water. Make sure it's pretty neutral.
ANother thing to check is the water temperature. Betta's don't like cold water at all... When I got Leliia (as she was sent to me via USPS mail, as lame as that is :D' ), she was freezing cold and hardly swam... in fact she was on her side. D: But after I let her sit in warm water (while she was in her cold bag of water, of course), she perked right up.

Actually, rereading over what you said, it reminds me of the pretty crowntail my sister Meggy has. He also wasn't eating, moving much, etc. His water was fine, clean... and Meggy did water changes anyway to make sure. It ended up that he had a fungal disease! Now he's completely covered in the fungus and barely alive... I gave her a few fast tips for helping him out, but we'll see if he's still alive in the morning.

The best thing to do for your betta is get Betta Revive. It's a tad expensive for .8 fl oz of medicine, but it really does wonders. I recommend you get this stuff and follow the directions on the back as soon as possible, if your betta does have a fungus disease.

Might I add:
Fungus diseases (as I read) are caused by the fish's stress coat disappearing or being at a low level. (I promise I speak english better than this, but it's 1 am for me. xD; ) Without the coat, it makes it easier for the fungus to attach and eat away at your fish.
Also, if you're not sure what to look for at the pet store, here's an eBay link for it that fully describes the medicine I recommend: http://cgi.ebay.com/Aquarium-Solutions-Betta-Revive-0-08-Oz-Item-71100-/360061614111?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53d558 381f

I really hope I helped. My sister's betta Valentino was gorgeous (as all Siamese fighting fish typically are), but it may have been too late for him. I'd love to know that I helped save a betta.
BlakbirdxGyarados is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2011, 01:08 AM   #3 
BettaMama11
New Member
 
BettaMama11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Thanks for the link!! I will make sure to get some tomorrow and give it a try...the temperature for her at the moment is 76 is that too cold??

Is it best to get the pH strip testing kit? Or which testing kit is the best?

Didn't realize they sent fish via USPS!! lol...good thing she made it safely to you

Thank you so much for your advice!
BettaMama11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2011, 01:17 AM   #4 
BlakbirdxGyarados
Member
 
BlakbirdxGyarados's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Currently based in NJ
76 is perfect, actually. She should be fine living in water at that temperature.

Honestly I've never tested the water pH for my fish tanks... >> I probably should, but none of them have gotten sick on me yet. But if they were to get sick, I'd just get just the basic pH strips, as that's all one would need to see the acid/base level of the water.

And it was a risk I was willing to take with Leliia. She's a gorgeous dragon-colored female that I couldn't pass up. I would have gotten a refund if she arrived, but I'd still lose $20 for the shipping.... I'd be more sad at the fact that she didn't make it! But yes, I am very relieved she made it here alright. She's pretty feisty for a female, too. :D Maybe her strong will helped her in the journey.

You're very welcome, too! If you wouldn't mind, let me know if your betta's doing better!
BlakbirdxGyarados is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2011, 01:34 AM   #5 
BettaMama11
New Member
 
BettaMama11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Massachusetts, USA
I'm glad she made it well, probably her strong willed nature kept her going on her trip! I think you're right about that

I will for sure let you know how my betta's doing..thank you!
BettaMama11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2011, 01:43 AM   #6 
Abby
Member
 
Abby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Lismore, NSW
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlakbirdxGyarados View Post
76 is perfect, actually. She should be fine living in water at that temperature.
actually this is basically the lowest temp usually 78 is a good point but the range is 76-86
Abby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2011, 02:34 AM   #7 
BlakbirdxGyarados
Member
 
BlakbirdxGyarados's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Currently based in NJ
Quote:
Originally Posted by Abby View Post
actually this is basically the lowest temp usually 78 is a good point but the range is 76-86
Ah, alright. Thanks for correcting me on that, but I was basically just saying a betta should be fine at that temperature.
Although I should note that their immune system works better at the higher temperatures, am I wrong?
BlakbirdxGyarados is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2011, 03:48 AM   #8 
karlhague
Member
 
karlhague's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: West Yorkshire, UK
A member posted it was their stress coat?

If so dont you mean slime coat?

If yes Use Seachem Prime water conditioner it helps replenish slime coats as well as remove heay metals and other toxins from water
karlhague is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2011, 05:56 AM   #9 
Abby
Member
 
Abby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Lismore, NSW
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlakbirdxGyarados View Post
Ah, alright. Thanks for correcting me on that, but I was basically just saying a betta should be fine at that temperature.
Although I should note that their immune system works better at the higher temperatures, am I wrong?
they are tropical fish the water needs to be warm, nota clue on the immune system thing. my brain is in shut down mode being late. but they do best around 78-80 ive found thats where my lot are happy although they are happy at a litttle over 80 on warm days
Abby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2011, 09:52 AM   #10 
BlakbirdxGyarados
Member
 
BlakbirdxGyarados's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Currently based in NJ
@karlhague, yes I meant slime coat. My brain only half-works correctly when I'm still up at 2 am.

@Abby, well, winter's about over where I live, but all the household bettas seemed pretty happy around 78 (my girl's tank has been at a near-constant 76) but when summer comes around it'll probably jump up a few degrees.
And I just read that immune system thing in several articles on the 'net. I don't trust everything I read, but it showed up in enough places, plus... what's the harm in being around the higher temperatures? :D

Before I get jumped for saying all these things on these forums, I'm also going to add that I myself am not an expert at betta care. I'm volunteering my knowledge and opinion based on experience and based on what my granpa tell me, since he was once a regular betta breeder. (Isn't now because there's no room in the house. :P )
BlakbirdxGyarados 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
help my betta. please :( im worried. suyadii Betta Fish Care 20 09-19-2010 07:45 PM
Worried about my Betta! lucy277 Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 13 07-23-2010 10:07 PM
Worried about Betta thegameksk Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 36 04-12-2010 11:38 PM
I'm very Worried about my Betta... ShadowBlackmare Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies 18 09-05-2009 03:39 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:11 AM.


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