Beta fish problems

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  1. JetRaid

    JetRaid Jhet Rheyd

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    Well, my beta fish looks like hes trying to get air, but i look after him very well and stuff. Hes been around for 2 years so is this the end of my fisheh?

    Halp..
     
  2. newguy

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    he needs male a friend to hang out with :thumb s
     
  3. JetRaid

    JetRaid Jhet Rheyd

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    They fight XD

    Betas are Siamese fighting fish.
     
  4. Drake

    Drake Smooth Is Smooth Baby

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    We used to keep betas at my office. They never seemed to live more than a year.
     
  5. firehawc_69

    firehawc_69 cloppers = ignore list

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    Take him out of the water for about an hour, he should get plenty of air that way.
     
  6. Rodentus prime

    Rodentus prime Well-Known Member

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    It's hard to give advice unless you say what size/type of tank you have, filter? plants,water change schedule etc..
     
  7. ckhtiger

    ckhtiger old skool fool

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    no no no!!! here's the deal: they actually DO breathe air! they have what's called a labyrinthine organ that helps them to extract oxygen from the air instead of water. in the wild, they live in really stagnant pools of water with low oxygen content, so it's like an evolutionary thing. that's why you'll sometimes see little clusters of bubbles around the top edge of the water. it's like their own little air farm.

    *sorry, I used to have one and I'm a science major ;) *
     
  8. Mechafire

    Mechafire Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    Okay.

    I LOL'd.
     
  9. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    I hate to jump in and do this, but the type of fish is actually spelled "Betta."
     
  10. NoleScream

    NoleScream The Anti-Troll

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    You're assuming that the fish isn't moving to a release candidate soon.
     
  11. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Well done. :lol 
     
  12. Deceptikitty

    Deceptikitty all about the hasubandos

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    Well, there are a few possible problems:

    1) The filter in your tank (if you have a filter system set up) needs to have the cartridges changed. There's a build up of all the nasty stuff in your tank that's making it hard for your fishy to get air, so he'll be gasping and floating around the top.
    2) You put your fish in a bowl or a tank with no filter, so there's nothing in there to "break" the water and create more oxygen for the little guy. You're not changing his water enough.
    3) Your fishy is sick, probably with dropsy (if bulging scales are apparent). It may cause him to have difficulty breathing, staying around the top of the tank. Unfortunately, this is commonly fatal.

    Just change your water in your tank. I have a goldfish (about 4-5 years old) who apparently had a pretty bad bacterial infection and looked on the verge of death; I changed the water in the tank and he's actually improving greatly. I'm going to pick up some antibiotics today. Go to your pet store and see if you can pick up some water cleansers, too.

    Just keep the water clean, and if you don't have a filter, get one.
     
  13. soundwave86

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    Bettas. take in oxygen from the air if they live in small puddles, they do this out in the wild. As long as you have a nice little tank with a filter you should be fine.
     
  14. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    This is generally the best first advice whenever a fishy looks a bit peaky. You can check/change your filters and stuff at the same time.
     
  15. battleboy

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    sumnavabich... beat me to the joke
     
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    well after having two....I reccomend a water change and an air stone.
     
  17. Gingerchris

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    I love those little bubbly things.
     
  18. Lance Halberd

    Lance Halberd oh hai

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    I recommend listening to ckhtiger.
     
  19. Tyrant

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    If it's any consolation should the unfortunate happen, most bettas sold in pet stores (if that's where you got him) are at least 6 months-2 years old. The average lifespan is 3 years if properly cared for. Assuming your betta was at least 6 months old when you got him, he's getting up in age.

    I agree with the advice regarding changing the water and using a fresh filter if you're not already. I would also make sure he keeps eating and that his fins stay in good shape. If he has an infection, he's vulnerable to secondary infections like fin rot. Watch for a swollen belly or if he developes a tilt when swimming.

    I would resort to a broad spectrum treatment medication like tetracycline only if keeping the water clean and properly oxygenated doesn't help. Most treatments require you to remove the filtration in the water pump and it's easy to over medicate which can cause other issues in labyrinth breathers like bettas.

    Does he have a water heater? Bettas are healthiest in the mid-70s f. Turn up the heat a few degrees if you're going to medicate him.
     
  20. joebot.

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    I keep goldfish too but a lot of this doesn't really apply to bettas. They don't need filters and they don't need cycled tanks. You just have to change all the water once ammonia shows up and make sure the temperature is the same and declorinated.

    I'd recommend changing the water and getting a test kit. I believe the average life span of bettas is around 2-3 years, someone correct me if I'm wrong. I am taking care of two of my brother's friend's bettas over the summer
     

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