Health Care

As soon as the fish are introduced to your tank, you must be alert straight away to prevent any illnesses. You will probably be looking in you new aquarium, thinking how good it is, but make sure that there are no problems as well .

Check and observe the fish: Look for problems with the skin, which are obviously the most important, where an infection can arise. Make a roll call for all of your fish, because if a fish is ill he will more than likely hide. He may then die there, and if the tank has a lot of hiding places, may never be found. Then he will just be polluting the tank, and get him as soon as possible.

Prevent any diseases: Its not always easy to cure an illness, so its better to prevent the whole thing. Tough, but if you keep a vigil you may find a small problem with a fish, diagnose it and then treat it, the problem is prevented.
The good health of your fish is very dependant on their enviroment – poor water condition (and I can tell you to start with my water was toxic to say the least), stress or incorrect feeding can lead to illness.

A Healthy Fish

1) No fungal infection around the mouth, no erosion.
2) No “Pop-eye” (no bulging) eyes are clear.
3) Scales are in good condition; scales are flat aqainst the body.
4) No signs of erosion; fins are not clamped against the body.
5) No signs of disease; no spots, ulcers, haemorrhaging, or any mucus/slime around the body.
6) Faeces is in good conditions; not stringy, good in terms of recent diet.
7) Belly is not bloated; it is slightly convex, or flat.
8) Gills are not flared; (Unless the fish is diplaying for breeding or aggresion purposes). No worms, or mucus around the gills. Normal respiration rate.

One Response to Health Care

  1. Yunii says:

    2 gallons isn’t too bad for a Betta, thuogh not fantasically spoiled. It’s much better than the 1-pint to 1/2 gallon things they usually are crammed in. With a filter, most tanks don’t need cleaned more than about 25% of the water every week or so. Siphoning waste out of the gravel and scraping algae/other mess from the tank sides is fine, but you shouldn’t have to completely replace the water or scrub the tank out 100% unless you’re starting a new tank over. Filters create a natural beneficial bacteria level that is killed by overcleaning and has to restart. However, 4 months ago is quite a while it likely has nothing to do with your current situation.So far as your Betta’s current symptoms, it sounds like he might have some sort of infection or other internal problem. If he’s not in a heated tank, purchase a low-wattage heater (7.5W works, or a 25W with a built-in thermostat) and slowly elevate his tank to tropical temperatures, ideally between 76 and 82. Whether or not this initially improves his behavior, it should be kept. Bettas are tropical fish from ecosystems where the ambient air temperature is usually around mid-80s during the day. They’re built for warm water.If the addition of heat doesn’t aid your Betta within the first day or two, it’s time to consider some sort of treatment. The most likely treatable illness he could have would be a bacterial infection. You can either start by trying freshwater aquarium salt, which kills some bacteria and adds electrolytes to boost a fish’s energy, or move straight to fish antibiotics like fish tetracycline, Jungle’s Fungus Clear (also works for bacteria), Triple Sulfa, etc. Follow the instructions on the boxes for these. Please remember that, with aquarium salt, it DOES NOT evaporate out of the water! When changing water, only add enough in to replace the salt that’s in the water you’re taking out. If you don’t remove any water, the same amount of salt is still in the aquarium. As for the pea treatment, this serves as a laxative and can help cure a Betta with constipation. A constipated Betta sometimes gets gas in its system, or the blockage interrupts the swim bladder, causing the fish to float at the surface. It will not treat any actual illness.Best of luck with your guy! Please note too that, if you’ve had him 1.5 years, he’s likely close to or over 2 years old at this point. While Bettas can live longer, it’s not a young age for a Betta, and he might not have the oomph to get over whatever might be ailing him. Try your best and see what happens.

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