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Forum: Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies   Yesterday, 10:38 PM
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Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Nope. I do not believe new fish should be...

Nope. I do not believe new fish should be medicated unless it is a life or death situation. Too much stress in too short a time.

Ammonia poisoning is indicated by black gill membranes (can't...
Forum: Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies   Yesterday, 07:57 PM
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Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Sorry about your Betta. You are not a bad owner....

Sorry about your Betta. You are not a bad owner. This has happened to those of us with tons of experience. However, it would really help if you could fill out this form even though he has passed. It...
Forum: Betta Fish Care   Yesterday, 04:01 PM
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Views: 64
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Any food with whole fish or fish meal is good....

Any food with whole fish or fish meal is good. Avoid those with a lot of fillers at the very beginning of the ingredient list.

For extruded food I feed NorthFin Betta Bits and Fluval Bug Bites....
Forum: Betta Fish Care   02-22-2020, 09:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 64
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
It often takes a couple of weeks for Betta to...

It often takes a couple of weeks for Betta to completely acclimate to their new home and this includes glass surfing. Once he realizes the other Betta is not real he should settle down.

Get a...
Forum: Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies   02-22-2020, 04:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 28
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Please fill out and provide a photo so we can...

Please fill out and provide a photo so we can best help you.
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Forum: Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies   02-21-2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 35
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
We are always glad to help!

We are always glad to help!
Forum: Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies   02-21-2020, 09:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 35
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Welcome to the Forum! :wave: Good news is...

Welcome to the Forum! :wave:

Good news is you can relax.....Your beautiful Salvador is not sick. He is a marble Betta and is changing colors.

Great care you are taking of him.
Forum: Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies   02-20-2020, 10:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 55
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Agree with Rana that this is his normal...

Agree with Rana that this is his normal coloration. We see it often in Betta with white or pastel bodies. I also do not see any evidence of fin rot or fins healing from fin rot. It looks more like...
Forum: Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories   02-20-2020, 09:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 69
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Welcome to the Forum! Here is this Forum's...

Welcome to the Forum!

Here is this Forum's tutorial on fish-in cycling. If you use SeaChem Prime you are set to go.

I've never fishless cycled so I cannot answer the other questions. I have,...
Forum: Betta Pictures   02-20-2020, 07:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 63
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Welcome to the Forum! :wave: Just lovely!...

Welcome to the Forum! :wave:

Just lovely! Thank you for sharing him with us.
Forum: Betta Pictures   02-20-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 36
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Very nice. Whoever chose him has a good eye.

Very nice. Whoever chose him has a good eye.
Forum: Betta Fish Care   02-20-2020, 07:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 49
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
I agree with Rana. He is a bit thin but not...

I agree with Rana. He is a bit thin but not actually emaciated. And if you are feeding dry food with the first four ingredients anything but whole fish or whole fish meal, switch.

However, if you...
Forum: Betta Fish Compatibility   02-18-2020, 11:21 PM
Replies: 2
  Help!!
Views: 41
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Welcome to the Forum! :wave: First, are you...

Welcome to the Forum! :wave:

First, are you sure it is brown algae and not diatoms? How long do you leave the lights on? Does the tank receive direct sunlight?

Second, I am so glad you asked...
Forum: Betta Art   02-18-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 63
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
You made me smile and chuckle. :-) Thank you! ...

You made me smile and chuckle. :-) Thank you!

BTW, where do you need to improve? I can't see it.
Forum: Betta Pictures   02-17-2020, 09:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 57
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
I'm not good with ages....neither Betta nor...

I'm not good with ages....neither Betta nor human. ;-)

I love pastels and he is a beautiful one.
Forum: Betta Pictures   02-17-2020, 08:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 57
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Welcome to the Forum! :wave: Opal looks to...

Welcome to the Forum! :wave:

Opal looks to be a marble single-ray Crowntail. If rays are two-pronged on the ends a CT is a double ray.

If he is a marble, I imagine when he's done changing...
Forum: Betta Fish Care   02-17-2020, 07:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 64
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Do you know what he was being fed before you...

Do you know what he was being fed before you purchased him? He may have been fed live or a different frozen and not recognize what you've offered as food. For that reason, I would offer one pellet...
Forum: Betta Fish Care   02-17-2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 64
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Some Betta do not eat when first introduced to a...

Some Betta do not eat when first introduced to a new environment. Make sure to clean up any food he does not eat; leaving it in will foul the water.

Is he otherwise active? Does he extend his fins...
Forum: Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies   02-16-2020, 10:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 36
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Sorry your beautiful boy is not doing well. ...

Sorry your beautiful boy is not doing well.

We ask that members fill out this form before we answer so we have the most important information. Thanks in advance.
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Forum: Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories   02-16-2020, 09:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 77
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Hope it works for you. I'll keep my fingers...

Hope it works for you. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
Forum: Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories   02-16-2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 77
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
You don't need another cartridge. You may be...

You don't need another cartridge. You may be disturbing the process. Instead, use the old one and rinse in removed tank water when you do water changes. Or, you can rinse in clean, treated water. The...
Forum: Betta Fish Compatibility   02-16-2020, 06:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 185
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
So pretty! Thank you so much for sharing the...

So pretty! Thank you so much for sharing the photos.
Forum: Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories   02-16-2020, 06:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 77
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Is there a place behind the tube for a TopFin...

Is there a place behind the tube for a TopFin filter?

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I've never seen an undergravel filter where you put the filtering material in the actual tube. But one learns something every day. ...
Forum: Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories   02-16-2020, 06:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 86
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Welcome to the Forum! :wave: I hope you will...

Welcome to the Forum! :wave:

I hope you will find our Forum non-judgmental as that is how we try to keep it. Sadly, that's not the case with many other Forums and FB groups I've encountered.

I...
Forum: Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories   02-15-2020, 11:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 89
Posted By RussellTheShihTzu
Bet he's a happy camper!

Bet he's a happy camper!
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