Signs of a Sick Betta Fish
This article will discuss the ways to tell if you have a sick betta fish, as well as how to diagnose the symptoms of a sick betta fish. Once you understand the symptoms, take a look at Betta Fish Illnesses and Betta Diseases for information on diagnosing the disease or parasite and how to treat it.
There are many signs of a sick betta fish if you know how to look for them. Take a look at these symptoms and take note of them. Once you understand which symptoms your betta is showing, it will be much easier to diagnose and treat the illness correctly. Typically, a sick betta fish will do one or more of the following:
- They will swim slowly or not at all. Sometimes they will just hang out at the bottom of the tank, only coming up for air when necessary.
- They may not eat. You’ll notice that they are not nearly as excited when you drop food into their tank.
- A sick betta fish will sometimes change color. Make sure to take note if they have white small spots, white large spots, or their overall color just fades. These are all different symptoms that can mean different treatment for your sick betta fish.
- They may have clamped fins. Clamped fins can be noticed if the fins do not flare out and stay close to their body at all times.
- A sick betta fish may be bloated. You can notice the little pouch on his belly sticking out. If this happens after feeding your betta fish, you may just be overfeeding him. If this seems to happen all the time, it could be a sign that he is constipated and/or eating unhealthy food.
- If he is undereating or has no appetite, this is another symptom of a sick betta fish.
- His fins or tale may look to be rotting away. They may either be getting shorter or have holes and other rotting features (check out tail or fin rot).
- One or both eyes may look like they are popped out, or may be cloudy – a guaranteed sign of Popeye.
A healthy betta fish will swim around actively and easily. He will be aware of all his surroundings, possibly hiding behind plants sometimes, swimming up and down and around his tank. He’ll eat regularly, even vigorously, and have bright, sharp colors. His fins will be full and he’ll have a nice, smooth, streamlined shapre.
Betta fish typically live for 2-3 years in captivity (but remember you typically purchase them at one year of age), but can live for up to five years in the right conditions. One of the most important things you can do to extend the Betta Life Span is to make sure they do not get sick, and if they do, to treat them quickly and properly.
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