Animal Stories - Siamese fighting fish


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The Siamese Fighting Fish is one of the most popular aquarium fish, and has been part of the hobby for a very long time!
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-08
please help! its been 6 weeks today since my fighters bred but the baby are still about 3.5mm long! im feeding them Sera micron and they have plants please help!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-08
    What is it your areneeding help on?  That is an amazing job breeding your fighter!  Not many are able too.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-09
    I'm wondering if this is normal for a 6 week old betta? Thanks by the way they seem quite easy to breed, just a small tank, breeding trap and the fish, that's all it takes, but its natural dam water so it has micro organisms.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-09
    That seems about right at 3.5mm. You can see a pictorial view of the Siamese Fighting fish growth rate at this site Betta Growth in Pictures.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-11
    I had a look they look about as big as a 2 week old, I hope they grow alright.
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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?
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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 - 2013-01-18
when i got my fish from walmart his back fin (the tip) was clear and kind of grey/black tipped. Since i have gotten him he has been acting quite healthy, but when will the color come back?

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  • David Brough - 2013-01-19
    I take it fin has lost its color? Maybe it is just changing as he grows older?
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Samantha - 2011-03-07
Hi I get the feeling you all know what you are talking about. I have two male Bettas both in their own tanks. Can I keep females with them as everyone I talk to tells me I can't keep them together?! I know you can't keep two males together because they will fight. But I thought you could keep 1 male and up to 2 females together. Very confused. Any advice?

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  • Ja\'el - 2011-05-06
    You can keep the betta female with the male as long as you take her out after they breed or the male will kill her. And also only put her in if the male made a nest of bibbles on top of the water.
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-08
    A male and a female can only be together if you are breeding them, or have a big tank that is heavily planted. You can keep females together with the right size tank, and also you need to do research before doing this.
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ananya roy - 2013-01-07
hi,can i keep a male betta fish in my goldfish tank?i have a pretty large tank with 7 goldfishes,3 of them are about 1-1.5',4 of them are 3'. will a betta fish nip their tails? also,can i house a betta fish with guppies? thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-07
    Will actually be the opposite.  The goldfish will go after the betta.  Betta are peaceful except to other male bettas.  Goldfish release too much ammonia unless you have an incredible filter.

    With bigger guppies a betta would do fine.  The betta will eat any fry but the guppies would do the same.
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