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12-03-2013, 05:38 PM #1
Is my new Betta sick?
I just got my first betta! Unfortunately I noticed when I got home that he does have a little bit of fin damage. :( I guess it's hard to tell when the betta was in a little plastic cup. Anyways he also has some spots on his body. Someone suggested to me it might be a disease but I think it maybe just his natural coloring? His behavior doesn't seem like that of a sick fish to me although this is my first betta. He seems happy swimming around the tank and eagerly accepts any food I offer to him. What do you people think? I've posted some pictures below.
Tank is a 5gal with ammonia, nitrites and nitrates 0ppm although this tank was only set up 3 days ago.
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12-03-2013, 06:13 PM #2
It looks like it might be the beginnings of fin rot. Clean water is what he needs most. Unless you used seeded filter media from another filter you are also cycling the tank with fish which will add more stress on the fish.When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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12-03-2013, 06:43 PM #3
The spots, if you are talking about the glint on his posterior end, seems to be normal coloration.
his abdomen seems swollen though. maybe stop feeding for a day and see how the betta responds.
12-03-2013, 07:34 PM #4
Hopefully you have a liquid test kit to keep on top of your parameter readings and if the ammonia goes over .25ppm it's time to change your water to get the ammonia down.
Tank is a 5gal with ammonia, nitrites and nitrates 0ppm although this tank was only set up 3 days ago.46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies
12-04-2013, 12:24 AM #5
Thanks for all the insight. I did use established filter media from my other tank and I am aware that this new tank needs to cycle. I noticed this morning he was blowing some bubbles so I guess he's somewhat happy. :)
Is the fin damage reversible by the way?
12-04-2013, 01:22 AM #6
If you've added media from a different tank then good for you. There is no need to cycle because cycling is precisely the process of obtaining these bacteria, which have already been added. Fin damage is certainly reversible, as long as the base of the fin is not affected. In the case of your betta his fins still appear in good condition and the minor losses at the fin ends should re grow with good care.
12-05-2013, 09:44 AM #7
Thanks for the info. You can't really tell from the pictures I've posted but half of one of his ventral fins is missing. I guess you're telling me that will never grow back. On the bright side though I noticed today that the small holes I noticed in his fins before have now been patched up. :)
12-05-2013, 01:51 PM #8
Why do you think so? Fin damage is irreversible when the base (where the fin joins the body) is damaged, but other than that it can certainly re grow.
12-06-2013, 10:18 PM #9
The spots are definitely just spots. If spots are in a neat pattern like that, they're definitely not ich or a similar disease, and I can't think of any parasite that's shiny. Those silver flecks are pretty common in red bettas.
From what I'm seeing, those ventral fins will probably regrow if there's no other problems, just keep the water clean. I had this female betta get in a fight with another female (who was removed afterwards, of course) and lose a big old hunk of her anal fin, right down to where it attached to the rest of her. About a month later, it was pretty much regrown.I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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12-10-2013, 03:13 AM #10
If there is any remnant of the fin root, even if microscopic, still attached to the body, it is possible for it to regrow. You won't know for a while, but if after a few weeks it doesn't grow in, then likely the entire fin with its base cells were ripped out.
I agree, his belly looks abnormally swollen. Watch how much you feed him, fast him for a day then resume to only three pellets once a day, and see if that swelling goes down. They don't need much food, you could be over feeding him. Their belly is the size of their eyeball, so imagine if you are giving him a bunch of pellets, that belly is going to swell way up and cause damage.
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