View Full Version : Is he okay?

06-18-2009, 11:54 AM
My betta normally has a very full tail. So full and large it seems to weigh him down. But this morning I noticed that the bottom of his fins are "closed" and swirled up. He wasn't as perky coming to eat but did eventually.

Water Params are - Ammonia -0 Nitrite -0 Nitrate -0 (still trying to get my seeded media to jump start this tank but don't know if it has enough bioload)
He is with 6 small harlequin rasbora in a 20g tank. The rasbora are fine and very colored up.
He just sits up at the top rested on the suction cup for the intake of the canister filter.

06-18-2009, 11:57 AM
Humm. What is the temp??

06-18-2009, 12:00 PM
Just about to post that. 74. He has a whiteish spot on the back of his tail fin either a fungus or he was nipped. He ate all of his breakfast. And is swimming back down by his favorite driftwood. I may get some fungus meds just in case and set up the quarantine tank just in case.

I have to go to work now.

06-18-2009, 12:05 PM
I would keep the temp at 78-80...Bettas get lethargic if the temp is too low. The whitish spot may require med, so I'd quarantine and keep an eye on it.

06-18-2009, 12:19 PM
I would QT and medicate for fungus based on the white spot. I highly doubt he was nipped unless he did it to himself. Harlequins just aren't nippers.

06-18-2009, 12:20 PM
Yeah I would slowly up the temp to about 78. I agree you should go ahead and treat for fungus in a QT. There is a betta water conditioner that I use for mine, it has that tea tree stuff in, I really do not know if it does any better than the regular stuff, but it sounds good!

06-18-2009, 02:08 PM
I use beta fix and a WEE bit of salt for my beta when it got a fungus.
Water changes once a day.A qt tank is a must!
I hope yours is ok.

06-18-2009, 10:56 PM
Okay sounds good. I've been meaning to raise the temp anyway.