I was talking to my friend about my dead betta's and she called me a fish killer since I killed 8 in the span of a year
I have Romeo in a 2.5 gallon, feed him, well try to feed him twice a day and change his water every weekI'm sorry you've had such bad luck with your bettas. There are a lot of factors that can cause betta deaths. Some of them have to do with the conditions they're kept in at the pet store but others are things that we, the owners, can fix and prevent. To help ensure success with your bettas make sure you do the following:
1) Heat the tank. Bettas need temps around 78-80 F to thrive.
2) Change the water often. The smaller the tank, the more often it needs to be changed.
3) Feed good quality food and don't overfeed.
If you make sure to do these things, especially the water changes, your chances of success with bettas will go waaay up. Good luck!
EDIT: Kfry is right; fishkeeping is a learning process and losses are inevitable. Everyone, from the beginner, to the most seasoned aquarist has lost fish.
I had a beautiful CT betta who lived with fin rot for a year and he finally succumbed to it. T^TxShainax - It's possible your fish are succumbing to complications of being in a pet store. Sadly, it does happen. As kfry said, their immune systems are pretty compromised by the time we get them home and some of them never recover. Also, it's possible your other bettas died of old age. I know it might seem weird that a betta you've had less than a year can die of old age but some pet store bettas are a year old at least by the time they hit the shelves.
There are a lot of reasons why a betta dies and many times, it's not the owner's fault. Keep trying. We're rooting for you.
Mine died from the lack of knowledgeI'm like a fish chainsaw massacre over here then. Most of my deaths were due to jumping out (this is for wild bettas and my killifish) but a few have been from disease and some from me being stupid and not monitoring my parameters every so often.
We cannot buy a lot of common fish medications unless we have a vet prescription here. The only real internal parasite med that is easy to get is a poultry and pig wormer. It makes treating serious outbreaks of disease difficult so I usually end up having to euthanise most of sick fish.
I love your kitty on the aquarium. My cats are too fat to jump on the topsxShainax, it's part of the learning process. And so many people who start out in the hobby are given very bad information from pet store people. That you found this forum and you are seeking help means you are doing a good job trying to take care of your fish.
LittleBettaFish, in the states where it's easy to obtain fish meds, a lot fish die from medicine overdoses. If they don't die directly from it, they often contract diseases that have developed resistances to the medications.
My first HM betta used to challenge the cats wen they would stare at him. Our largest cat is a hefty 16 lbs and his sister is a dainty 10 lbsHaha, thanks. The window perch was taken so he thought he'd make his own. I'm sure the poor fish inside looked up and thought the sky was falling. "Heeeeelp!" That's actually our skinniest cat, but he's just so furry that he spreads out. I have had one of my fatter cats break one of the tops walking across it.
The fish I was most upset about losing is a tie between my clown pleco and my purple and white elephant eared HM maleA lot of the time, bettas are sick from the shop. My first boy, Felix, died within 24 hours, and I did everything right.
I don't know how old Aphrodite was (about 3, I think, but she died after about 6 months). I had Athena for about a year and Apollo for much less. I've had my sorority 6 months and have lost two girls (one to unknown causes, possibly violence, one to the mysterious disease that claimed everybody else).
You'll find the most frustrating thing is when you do everything right and give your fish amazing lives and they only live a short life, whilst you'll have friends keeping them in unheated, dirty, tiny bowls that live for ages. Of course, it doesn't mean they are doing it right - they just got lucky.
Keep learning, keep trying.
Hehe Kyon challenges my cats all the time. Poor Benny boy has had Kyon attack him through the glass when he's been minding his own business. My cats are too lazy to bother trying to catch fish when then know I'm gonna come along and feed them anyway.My first HM betta used to challenge the cats wen they would stare at him. Our largest cat is a hefty 16 lbs and his sister is a dainty 10 lbs