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kye turnbull - 2013-03-26
do the eggs go white if unfertilized and see through if fertilized

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-26
    A Betta's fish eggs are white to clear in color when they are released. A male needs to be in the tank when the female drops her eggs, as he will fertilize them. With many fish, eggs turning white means they aren't fertile. But with Bettas, because they can release white eggs it isn't the same, so its best to just wait and see if they hatch.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-26
    They hatched, but they hatched 47 hours after they were put in the bubble nest, I was expecting them to hatch in 24 to 30 hours?
Dustin - 2010-12-05
I have had a betta for about 2 years it's a bluish-red mix and about a month ago it was floating to the top of the tank but when I went to see if it was dead it started to swim to the side, so I asked my mom and she said it was probably dying, but the next day it was fine. I was wanting to know if there is an explanation for this?

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  • Ted - 2010-12-24
    If your tank is properly heated and filtered then your beta should be just fine.
  • Me - 2011-01-22
    If the problem persists it could be his swim bladder, your local aquatic store should sell something for it. Apparently it's like the fish version of having trapped wind!
  • Nikki - 2011-01-23
    This could be because your tank water is too cold, this once happened to me I thought my fish was dead went to flush him and all of a sudden he was alive in the bowl... crazy but weird.
  • donkey - 2011-05-19
    My betta does this all the time. He will sit on the bottom of his tank, lay down on his side or he will float up to the top on his side. I think he is just bored. I've been debating on getting him a friend. I thought about getting another little tank w/ a male betta in it and then pushing them together. That way they can "talk trash" but not actually hurt each other. Would that just be cruel?
  • Reece Ultimatefishkeeper Thomas - 2011-09-21
    It wouldn't be cruel. It could be quite helpful for him because it makes him stay in shape to out do the other male in colour, size and aggression.
  • Melissa - 2011-10-23
    Mine was doing the same thing. He was the same age too. I think I was feeding him too much and that the filter needed changing. Make sure the filter is right for the fish tank. ( unfortunately I found out too late and he died.)
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-25
    he should be fine, although if it keeps happening then look farther into it!
Mirabelle - 2010-07-17
Hi, I have just purchased a betta, and I think they're amazing fish. Their bright colors are absolutely beautiful! The tank is quite small, but I think he is coping well. His new name is Moshi-moshi! How can you tell if your fish is sick or not, and can its body language indicate whether or not it is happy?

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  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-25
    omg that name is so perfect! its a Asian like name, and they come from Asia! if he is on the bottom 24 seven and has dull color then he is probably ill, although if he is up and going when you come near the tank and colorful then he is probably fine!
aka fish - 2009-03-11
This site is good and it help a lot, but I still want to know how to get my tail back nice when it gets damage. [tell me how]

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  • Anonymous - 2013-01-08
    The best way to help with fin regrowth, is to keep the water clean and warm. Temperature should be around 78-82.
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-11
    How fast will the fins grow back? My betta hasn't yet lost any fins but it is clear and black tipped on his tail. When will color come back?
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-25
    probably get a treatment from the pet shop, it worked for me!
Cindy - 2010-08-20
Hi, I just got another male Betta and I would like to know what kind of feeder fish I can give him to eat that he won't just end up TRYING to eat? He has managed to kill, but, unsuccessfully swallow, 2 feeder guppies in one evening. Btw, he is not full grown yet. Has another inch to go, I would say, so, maybe later on he will be able to swallow them. How 'bout for now, though?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-18
     Gut fed Ghost shrimp should work
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-25
    fighters don't eat other fish! sometimes they will kill but that is for breeding! i recommend a small type of shrimp, or a small water bug, although do not get bugs from a river! that's ended up bad for me, good luck with the fighters! my fighters are breeding right now!
kye turnbull - 2013-03-24
how big do the bubble nests grow?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-24
    Bubble nest will vary on size.  Environment, temperature changes, barometric changes and objects in the tank will plat an important role on the size and thickness of bubble nest.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-24
    is there a average size? the male has built a nest and has stopped building it but it looks very small, and that's why I asked< but thanks anyway i really appreciate it!
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-24
    oh and is barometric or what ever it is the weather conditions? i forgot, because i have got alot of rain and low pressure around here
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-25
    oh well, the nest was big enough i guess, they bred! well more tiny baby's !
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Anonymous - 2013-03-22
hey i have a giant gourami. I bought it recently. I find it aggressive! It killed my silver carp and now it is after my shipping . Why is it so? Aren't silver carp and gourami compatible with each other? please tell me the name of fishes compatible with gourami.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    Sorry to hear about your carp, however, the Giant Gourami is rather aggressive when it's small. It may mellow out as an adult, but some males stay aggressive. They also need a really big tank, small spaces can aggravate aggressive behaviors. Although they are considered 'community' fish, companions need to be the more reserved type that stay out of its swimming area and tend to hide. Good tankmates of this sort are like knifefish, some eels, loricariids, and other large catfish. Sometimes large quiet fish like Silver Dollars and Red-Belly Pacus can also work if the tank is large enough.
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Mandy - 2011-05-01
My dwarf gourami has been laying on it's side at the bottom of the tank all day long and looks to be breathing very fast. It's belly doesn't look swollen and I dont see any unusual spots on it. It seems almost like it's gasping for air. It hasn't eaten any food today. I have 4 other gouramis in my tank but they are doing fine. Can someone please help me figure out what's wrong with my fish??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    Attached is an article from Animal World, Fish Diseases and Treatment, just click on it. Scroll down and you will come to an area that gives you a brief summary of ailments and symtoms. A little farther down is a list of symptoms and the corresponding treatment.
    It sounds like you should check the tanks PH and temperature and water condition. Try that first and then if you could tell us a little more, what is happening in the tank, with that fish it would help.
  • gouramigal - 2011-07-14
    My gourami is doing the same thing. It's been hiding and not eating for the past 4 weeks or more and then swims fast to the top of the tank for a mouthful of air and then retreats in its hiding spot. Every now and again it comes out but it seems to be getting worse, laying on its side gasping for air. Others have said dropsy but im not sure seems to be common with this species.
  • kat - 2013-02-21
    I have a powder blue one that was in a 10 gallon with 1 neon and its doing the same swims up gets air n back down to lay on its side I have had him for 6 months and he has been like this for 5 weeks ..... No one seems to know what or why he's like this.
  • katelyn - 2013-02-24
    You need more oxygen in your tank it seems. Go get a air pump air line and a bubble strip. The smaller the surface area and the higher the temps allows amonia to Go Up Causing Them To Not Br Able To Breathe. Getting Plants Also Helps Or Making Sure your Filter Is Hitting Hard And Creating Current If you Have one. Good Luck!
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Sarah - 2006-02-03
i was just writting because i have recently started an aquarium. i purchased 1 pearl gourmai, 1 bristlenose catfish, 1 fighter and a dawarf gourmai. My pearl gourami started to nipe my fighters tail it then began to bite my dawarf gourmai and continued to eat it. My dawarf gourmai has been left with no tail and very few scales. I was told that all these fish were compatible and good community fish. We have since sold the pearl gourami and the tank has been restored to a peacful enviorment.

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michelle bravo - 2010-09-25
I'm very concerned about my kissing gourami fish because it doesn't move it just stays in one spot do you think it is dying or it is sick?

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  • Terimarie - 2013-02-20
    Hi I have the same problem with mine, he's also stopped doing the 'kissing' now and lost his appitite, I've been trying to look this up but not found anything yet, have you?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-20
    That is not always a sign of a problem.  First start with checking water levels and temperature.

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