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Thread: Are bettas prone to illness?
12-14-2012, 12:47 AM #1
Are bettas prone to illness?
Im planning to get 5 female Bettas for my tank but my local store owner told me bettas are prone to illness + if one got ill they all would, so I was just wondering was he exaggerating or telling the truth?
12-14-2012, 12:55 AM #2
What???? That's interesting. They don't get sick any more often than other fish, that's assuming they are cared for properly. Any fish put in an unfiltered, unheated tank are going to get sick. Maybe that's what he's referring to.
I'm a member of a betta forum, and the vast majority of sick bettas come from tanks that aren't heated or aren't otherwise maintained properly. Bettas are actually hardier than a lot of fish...thier tolerance to ammonia is slightly higher than typical fish, and they can take water with a low oxygen content, since they go to the surface for air.
One mitigating factor is stress from how they're housed in pet stores. Being in a little cup with no circulation and heat is extremely stressful, and illnesses are more likely to strike in a stressed animal. People lose a lot of bettas because the fish are sick to begin with.
Hope this helps.
12-14-2012, 12:58 AM #3
No they aren't prone to illness. That is kind of a silly statement. Any fish can suffer from a disease or other health issue. Sometimes it can be due to how well the aquarium is kept.
Now if the owner was just trying to make the point that if 1 fish in the aquarium got some disease, the other fish in the tank could also contract that disease. If you have a tank with fish and want to add a new fish to it, it usually good practice to quarantine the new fish in a separate tank for 2-3 weeks to make sure it isn't carrying any disease.
12-14-2012, 01:08 AM #4
Well when I went in I asked if he ever had females in stock as I wanted to get a group and he said they are sometimes difficult to get hold of and hard to keep healthy, if one is ill they will all get it. He made it sound like they wearnt very hardy, but then again I may have misrepresented what he was saying. But its good to know they should be as healthy as any other fish :)
12-14-2012, 01:16 AM #5
12-14-2012, 01:19 AM #6
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12-14-2012, 01:21 AM #7
Whoa. Good to know, kingfisher.