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  1. Glass surfing or seeing reflection?

    Betta Fish Care
    I’m not a super experienced betta owner and yesterday I got a new betta. I have him in a rimless tank and I absolutely cannot tell if he can see his reflection, but he’s darting up and down the side of the glass on one side of his tank. I tried covering it with paper, rotating the tank, dimming...
  2. Help! New Betta VERY stressed!

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Hi! My boyfriend and I are brand new, first-time Betta owners based in the UK and looking for some urgent help! We're feeling very worried:( Just a note before I begin, we are completely new to keeping fish of any kind and are doing our best! We are willing to take on any advice and try to fix...
  3. Need help fast! Stressed betta and tumors.

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    I'm sorry for the title, but I truly had no idea how to call this issue or how to sum it up. Long story short: 1) Is the betta in the photos below just a very pretty female? Are stress stripes female-only? 2) What about betta fish that have a tumor? Is there anything infectious about...
  4. Velvet, Stress or Something Else?

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    My betta has been home since Friday afternoon. He hasn't been hiding since then and is actively swimming around. However, I've noticed he swims somewhat quickly and has clamped fins, at least during the day (I noticed last night after shinning a light in his tank, his fins were completely open)...
  5. I stressed the fish and I feel awful

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    I got my new fish today! I was super excited, and made sure to acclimate him correctly and do everything right. He was swimming happily in his tank for a couple of hours, and even ate out of my hand (on the first day!) - that is, until I made a grave mistake. The fish was flaring at his...
  6. Not Sure What's Going On...

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Two of my bettas are having some issues, and I don't know exactly what they are or how to treat them. First off, here is Pibb- The top photo is him a few days ago, the bottom his him about a month ago, the first week I got him. As you can see, there is a bar on his body that has lost color (it...
  7. Betta Getting Stuck = Stress?

    Betta Fish Care
    I'm currently using a Fluval Spec 2.6 Gallon and the filter is a little strong, sometimes my Betta gets stuck to it. He's strong enough to swim out of it. I'm just wondering if being stuck to it causes them stress or if its actually okay and he can relax against the filter like that.
  8. Newer Betta- Slow decline, listless, reddening fins?

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Hello all~ I purchased Luc, a white’pearl colored and grey marble halfmoon betta from a reliable and trusted LFS a while back. He lives in a heated, filtered 3.5 gallon tank with sand and a few live plants. He has AQ salt in his tank all the time and I dose with stresscoat. Lately he’s been more...
  9. New Betta: How to make him feel at home?

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    What's up fishtank people, I bought/rescued a new betta yesterday. We named him Lucky Kamikaze because we found him sitting in the betta tank system's large filtration system at the LFS. We thought he was dead, his poor little body was stuck in the cotton wad-like stuff, but when I poked the...
  10. Bloated belly when stressed?

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Roscoe only just started doing this two days ago and it usually happens right after he's flared at his reflection in the tank glass (which is rarely ever). He practically became a Betta beach ball. He swims around okay, is slightly lethargic, continues to be greedy for food and his fins stay...
  11. Please help, my betta keeps flaring :'(

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    I have had my male betta fish (his name is Socks and I love him very much) for over 2 months now, but just 2 days ago, he has started getting aggressive. He has been continuously flaring his gills at all sides of the tank. I have not changed any aspect of his surroundings, the lighting and...
  12. New Betta with Severely Clamped Fins

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Hey, everyone. I recently got a new betta (exactly a week ago) and I'm worried about his behavior. Any idea are much appreciated! Housing: How many gallons is your tank? 10 Does it have a filter? yes Does it have a heater? yes What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees Does your tank have an air...
  13. Lethargic fish with ich. Please help soon!

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Hi everyone, My 6 year old son just got a new little betta tank and fish from my mom as a Christmas present. I've never owned a fish tank before. I've been researching non-stop for a week, and I still have no idea what I am doing, and our fish looks so sad. I tried to fill out the form as...
  14. Should I transport my betta fish?

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Today, I noticed that my betta Azul has ich. I immediately drove to PetSmart to pick up some meds, but they were closed. So I had to go to Walmart, and all they had was Jungle Ich Guard I. I looked it up and several said it'd be fine to use with bettas. The thing is, I'm currently at college...
  15. Signs of stress?

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Is this a stressed betta? What can I do? His colors are usually very bright and he's usually really active. He used to be a happy betta but now he just sits at the bottom of the tank and he doesn't eat. Maybe he's just getting old?
  16. My betta is turning white and i have no idea why :(

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    My boyfriend and I just got a betta a couple weeks ago. When we first got him he had a small pale patch on his head but we thought it was just apart of his coloring, as he had lots of colors when we first got him. Then we noticed he started turning more white, it spread to his body, and now the...
  17. Questions on Flaring

    Betta Fish Care
    I have several questions concerning bettas and flaring that I was hoping those with more experience in fishkeeping could help address. Generally speaking, it wise to encourage your betta to flare? Is flaring healthy for the fish or does it simply cause unnecessary stress? What are your...
  18. New fish isn't adjusting & now fin problems

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    I got a new adult male Betta, an adult butterfly named Gatsby, two weeks ago and it hasn't been going great. He hasn't eaten anything as long as I've had him; I posted in the general care forum when I first noticed he wasn't eating and got a lot of suggestions and heard from people that said...
  19. Drastic temp change

    Betta Fish Care
    I did something stupid. Hope someone can help. I came home and somehow one betta tank (I have 8) had temp of 94! I got so worried, even though the betta seemed just fine, that I immediately took out enough water and adjusted temp to 84, where I normally keep it. I have maintained bettas for...
  20. Betta Stressed by Other People?

    Betta Fish Care
    Hi everyone! I've noticed that my baby female betta, who is just growing out of her stress stripes, gets them back only when other people come to look at her, but when I say hi to her, they're never there. I even had a family member come in to look at her and then I went to see her, and the...
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