Betta Fish are a beautiful, elegant type of fish, that almost always make great household pets. Despite their beauty, Betta Fish are often susceptible to many illnesses and conditions, such as fin rot, fungus, and ich, unfortunately leading many of the blue beauties to have short-lived lives.
However, if cared for properly, your Betta Fish can live for up to six, happy years. If you think your Betta Fish is dying, there are many ways to treat its condition and revive it. While most conditions are curable, a few may be fatal.
In fact, Betta Fish are also known as Siamese fighting fish. Honor their name by fighting to keep them alive, rather than giving up!
Is My Betta Dead Or In Shock?
While you may think your Betta fish is dead, it could also be in shock.
For instance, if the temperature of your tank is too cold, it may become very slow and lethargic, and eventually become unmoving. If it gets cold enough, it may even sink to the bottom of the tank. While it may appear to be dead, it could also be resting.
If you see your Betta fish slip to the bottom of the tank, act fast to warm up your tank, before it enters a coma, a state of shock.
Alternatively, your Betta Fish could also suffer from excessive heat. In response, your Betta Fish may start to breathe rapidly at the top of your tank, near the surface, creating many bubbles.
Another sign of too high temperatures is excessive energy, which could be signaled by your Betta Fish swimming around the tank rapidly. While it may seem like a cute trick to you or your kids, it is really a call for help!
Ultimately, if you think your Betta Fish is in shock, work quickly to clean and regulate the temperature of your tank, as these are the most important aspects of Betta’s health.
How Do You Revive A Dying Betta Fish?
Understand and Recognize Signs of Illness
If your betta fish is not eating, is not excited to eat its food, or appears pale or less vibrant in color, it may be sick. Alternatively, it may have protruding eyes, its fin may seem clumped together, and it may rub against the side of the tank- in an attempt to scratch itself.
Improve Living Conditions and Prevent Illness
You can try to prevent an illness by regularly cleaning and disinfecting your Betta’s tank. In addition, you should feed them a balanced diet, purchase a large enough tank, and ensure your tank has proper filtration and ventilation. If you ever suspect something is wrong with your pet’s environment, immediately remove your sick fish from the contaminated tank.
Purchase Fungus Eliminator
If your Betta has fins that appear clumped together or have white patches on its fins or scales, it may have a fungal infection. If you have other fish, immediately quarantine the infected fish, and clean the tank. Purchase fungus eliminator specifically for Betta fish at your local pet store or online to treat the infection itself.
Treat Fin or Tail Rot
Unfortunately, your Betta Fish’s fin or tail can begin to rot, due to poor water quality or cold temperatures. If this is happening to your beloved pet, their fin may appear to be dissolving or turning red or black. You may also notice holes.
When dealing with fin rot, you must act quickly, because if not, it will result in the death of your Betta Fish.
First, ensure you clean the tank at least once every three or four days. In addition, you should add Tetracycline or Ampicillin, a fish antibiotic, into the water each time you clean it. Once you notice the rot stopping to spread, you can stop treatment.
While you can stop the rot from spreading, you often cannot reverse the damages. As a result, ensure you understand how to properly care for your Betta Fish before getting one as a pet, so you can prevent any fatal conditions.
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Treat Ich, the Most Contagious Fish Fatality
Last, but certainly not least of the conditions your fish can develop that will be discussed in this article, is ich. This is a parasite that will cause your beautiful Betta Fish to develop white spots all over its body.
If your fish has ich, you may also notice them scratching their body against the side of the tank or any plants or objects you may have in the tank. This itching is known as “flashing.” Often, flashing can result in bruising or injured fins.
Similar to other conditions, you may also notice your fish is lethargic and slow. Eventually, if not treated, this condition will most certainly lead to death.
To prevent ich, you should quarantine new fish for at least four weeks before adding them to your new tank. For extra caution, you should also quarantine any new plants or invertebrates that were previously around fish.
To treat ich, your fish will have to be examined by a veterinarian, as this condition appears similar to others and can easily be misdiagnosed. Your vet will be able to provide antibiotics to help treat this, but you must also ensure you keep your tank clean and at a normal temperature to completely rid of the parasite.
Check Your Water Parameters
For a safe environment for Betta fish, your water temperature should be between 78 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, or 25.5 and 26.5 degrees Celsius.
You should also purchase a water test kit to determine the water’s ammonia and nitrate levels. Your water is safe for your Betta if it is at 0 ppm ammonia and below 30 ppm nitrate. If not, immediately remove your Betta from the tank, and change fifty percent of your tank water to prevent further nitrate poisoning.
While Betta Fish are beautiful, they are also prone to many different diseases and conditions, which could cut short your time with them. It is important to be informed on the potential issues your Betta Fish could have so that you are able to help keep it alive.
Fortunately, most conditions are treatable, and your Betta Fish will live to swim another day if treated promptly and properly.
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