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A tag for questions pertaining to the Siamese fighting fish, also known as the betta fish or fighter fish.

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Betta fish fin rot or fin biting or fin injury?

My betta has been suffering from what I thought was fin rot for a long time, progressively getting worse. Then, all of a sudden, today he dropped two full pieces of his fins (entire pie sliver chunks ...
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How to properly lower PH while cycling a tank?

So I am a one time betta owner and while I fell like I did alright with my last Betta (his name was Columbus and he lived a happy three years with me) I really want my next fish to have a wonderful ...
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What happened to my betta fish?

I recently bought a platnium betta male who just passed. I had him in a tank with 2 mollies and a female betta, but they all seemed to get along perfectly. I do believe that I should've taken the ...
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How to feed fish when you're ill?

I recently came down with a cold; I currently normally feed my fish by hand twice a day (morning and afternoon). However, I was wondering if the fact that I'm sick creates a problem for this. Also, I ...
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Film on surface of female betta tank

I recently took in one of my friend's male Bettas to treat it for ich (Ichthyophthirius infection). When I brought him back I noticed a film on the surface of her other Betta's tank (this one is a ...
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Povidone iodine for fish Mycobacterium?

I may have rescued a betta that has Mycobacterium. He is currently in a clear plastic tote in 1 gallon water. I feel so bad for him, that I want to move him to a 5 gallon tank. While I researched ...
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Betta fish with bump on his tail

My betta has got a red lump on his tail that just appeared. I have reviewed many sites but haven't seen anything quite like it. I have had him for about 6 months and he has been very healthy. Now He ...
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How many betta fish can I have?

I have a 22 gallon (100 litre) fish tank with 8 male guppies. I would like to add some betta fish, female or male, but I’m unsure if them two types of fish are ok to stay together or how many betta ...
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Did my catfish kill my betta

I have a 4 gallon small tank and a larger 15 gallon tank. In the smaller tank I have a couple of guppies, a sailfin catfish and a male fighter. I have kept this combination of fish before without any ...
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Why do my Betta fish keep dying?

I got my first Betta fish (name: Dream) back in September of 2020, he was the first pet I've ever owned and it took me a little time to be able to get him a proper home. But after educating myself ...
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Want to know solution of betta fish problem

My betta fish isn't eating food from last week. He sinks at the bottom of the tank and color faded. What is the solution?
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Please help, how do I treat my beta for a white patch? [duplicate]

I was recently treating my beta for cloudy eyes using Aquarian salt. He started improving but is now developing a white mark on the top of his head. I haven’t found any talent marks in his body. He ...
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Betta fish mystery sickness what is it?what do I do?

I went on vacation and unfortunately the person I trusted to take care of my fish left the light on for a week and that caused him to but his tail off. Which then I believe turned into fin rot. I ...
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How can I feed a Betta fish and Neon Tetras that are living in the same tank?

I am thinking about getting a ten gallon (ca. 38 litres) aquarium so that I can add some Neon Tetras to my tank environment that already includes one Betta fish and nothing more. However, I noticed ...
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Why is my betta fish starting to have a dull color? [duplicate]

I have a betta fish that I’ve had for a year now. I’m not exactly sure what kind he is, but I found a picture of him when I first got him and he was a really bright pink/purple, his tail and fins were ...
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Help please! What is wrong with my Betta fish? [duplicate]

My betta fish seems to be sick and has been like that for the past two weeks. He spends most of the day laying at the bottom of the tank and is not responsive. He goes up for air occasionally and is ...
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Betta fish is a dark blue, but color keeps fading and returning quickly; why?

My Betta fish, named Sapphire, is a female veiltail and she's dark blue normally, but her color keeps fading and returning to normal in a short span of time and I don't know what to do. I already lost ...
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I think my Betta has dropsy but I'm not sure?

I'm really worried about my dragon scale Crowntail Betta. I realised that in the last couple of weeks he has had a bump, like in the picture, on his body on both sides. He has started to curl his body ...
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Betta fish: girl or boy?

My fish, Dylan Marie, is believed to be a girl. However, I’ve been noticing some bubble nests in her bowl! (Just for your information, the bowl is bigger than in the pictures and she does seem to ...
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New betta problems - I was unaware of cycling before new tank

So I am experiencing a plethora of issues with my new betta. I hope he makes it out okay. I was unaware of the cycling process before putting him into the new tank. It's small (1 gallon) and temporary....
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How can I help my betta, who has a white-ish sore on his side, is laying at the bottom of the tank, and isn't eating?

This is Ringo. I’ve had him for almost 2 years and he’s been happy until the last week or so. He lives in a 1 gallon (3.8 L) tank (I know it’s small, blame the Petsmart employee who suggested it) and ...
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Is the filter change necessary?

My Betta, Neptune, lives in a BiOrb FLOW 30 tank which has a spongy filter material sitting on top of charcoal pellets. I was changing it monthly but got behind and the current filter is going on 3 ...
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How often to do water change for betta fish

How often should I be doing water change for my betta? My wife seems to think it should be done pretty often.
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Betta fish ignores bloodworms as food

I recently purchased bloodworms as a supplemental food for my Betta fish, which are often represented as a "treat" for them. However, even though my Betta fish swims to the front of the tank ...
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Need help with snails in a betta tank

I have a fairly docile betta that I just moved to a heated 10 gallon tank. I bought a live plant that turned out to be infested with snail eggs. I'd prefer not to harm the snails, but they are rapidly ...
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Betta dying help

I forgot to save the old water from when I cleaned my betta’s tank and now he’s floating at the bottom. What can I do? I have already tried putting my guppies’ tank water in to do half half and it’s ...
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Bettas and Air ("oxygenating water")

I'm about to transport a Betta on a few hours road trip for the holiday. That will mean a few hours in a jar. I know that's not ideal, but it's better than going a long period without food. My son ...
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How much do you feed a Betta fish if you switch from pellets to flakes?

Virtually all instructions on how much to feed a Betta fish focus on pellets. However, what's the proper amount and feeding schedule for flakes? I have not been able to find much information on that ...
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Would this setup stress the fish?

Petco advertises on their website a 2.5 gallon (around 10 L) aquarium with a divider that, it claims, can house two betta fish. However, the divider is not opaque. Would that be stressful or harmful ...
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Betta with black dots on fins

My Betta seems to have recently developed little black dots on his fins on both sides about a week after moving him from a small bowl to a little Top Fin 2 gallon (7.6 L) aquarium with a heater. He ...
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What’s wrong with my Betta fish?

I can’t tell if it’s a fungal disease, but he lost all of his color. My sister never cleaned his tank so I think that might be the reason behind it, but I don’t know what disease he has so I have no ...
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My Betta fish is floating sideways [duplicate]

My fish keeps floating on his side, but only when I am not directly in front of his tank. when I am in front of his tank he acts normal (He floats normally and looks more happy). He lives in a 5 ...
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Something wrong with my betta fish fins

Hi, this is my betta fish, Aahan. I got him from pet shop on August 6th, 2019. He has no eating nor pooping problems, he is very active. I’m noticing some change in his fins, namely wrinkled fin ...
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Betta fish has white growth on his back. What is it and how can I treat it?

My Betta fish has had a white growth on his back for over a week. Pictures linked below. I'm keeping him in a 5 gallon tank and am replacing 1/3 of the water bi-weekly. No filter because the one ...
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Almond leaves vs banana leaves in an aquarium?

I was just wondering - what's the difference between using almond leaves in a tank compared to banana leaves for Bettas? I have seen people commonly use almond leaves in the water for a few days to ...
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How to tell whether your Betta fish is eating his feeder?

So, I am needing to travel to visit family. I have a feeder for my Betta fish; it's the type that sits on the bottom and the fish nibbles off of. However, my fish is used to eating off the surface, ...
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My filter went out, will betta fish survive the night in a cup?

My 2.5 gallon tank filter went out, so I had to put my betta fish in a cup for the night until the store opens. Will he live when his filter went out over night?
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Betta fish appears to struggle to swallow food pellets

I recently acquired a Betta fish. I also purchased "standard" Betta fish food pellets. My Betta fish does try to eat the food, but sometimes appears to struggle to swallow the pellets. I can ...
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My betta is sinking, and we've tried everything. Looking for non-generic/mind-blowing advice

I have had this betta for about two years now, since he was a baby. A couple of months ago he started having trouble swimming. He would swim upwards, but could not stay there - instead, he would sink ...
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How much water do betta fish need?

How much water do betta fish need?
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Betta tail- Rot, ripped, or clamping?

I am new to fish keeping as well as this website. I have just recently recieved a 10G tank with previously owned keepers, all of which came with its fair share of troubles. The tank came with a betta, ...
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Betta fish fin tear or rot?

Does my fish have fin rot or is the tail simply torn? I got him a few days ago and his fins were a bit like this, I'm unsure if it's gotten worse. He is in a cycled 16L tank with a filter, heater, ...
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How can I decipher how aggressive my Betta is?

I am thinking of adding tank mates to my tank environment. I already have a Betta fish, and am thinking of adding a few more different types of fish like Neon Tetras. However, after reading the ...
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Why are my Betta’s fins curled and maybe spotted?

I bought a Betta for my daughter that has quickly become my 5th child. We bought him from Petsmart, as I knew little about where else to go - especially with Covid19. He is in a 3.5 gallon (13 liters) ...
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How do I know if I should put my betta fish, with swim bladder disease, down? [duplicate]

I just got my betta fish a little over a month ago. When I first brought him home he was floating on his side at the top of his cup. At the time I didn’t realize that was a symptom of swim bladder ...
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Advice on sick Betta. Possible Dropsy?

About a week ago I noticed my betta, Florence, had a lump on his right side. In the days prior he was very slim and active. On the day of finding it I noticed he was still normal, his appetite hadn't ...
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Why did my betta’s fins grow back curly?

I purchased my half moon about 3 months ago with some fin rot anddull color. This little guy’s fins grew back white and curly and just recently got color. Attached is the progress photos with time ...
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What amount of “grime” is acceptable in betta tank post water change?

There is always always always stuff in my betta’s tank, and it of course gets stirred up after water changes. I always vacuum up the waste I can find and clean out dead plant matter. But no amount of ...
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My betta keeps attacking my snail!

I recently added a small snail to my tank and two moss balls. The snail is smaller than an an inch. However, when I got home I noticed my betta had started making a bubble nest, I'm not sure if that ...
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Betta and geothermal water

I'm moving to a new location that uses geothermal water. Generally, when I top off/replace water for my betta, I get my water to the correct temperature, add the stress coat + to remove chemicals, and ...