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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Tom - 2012-04-03
Hey I have a Beta and he's usually quite happy, but recently he's been very inactive and sluggish, mostly hanging around the top of his ( 25 cm tall 17 cm wide ) bowl with the plants, I usually change his water every week but this week I had to put it off by a couple of days, could this have negitavly effected him?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-04-03
    It's possible, however missing a water change by a few days (1-5 days) should not be too detrimental to the Betta's health. I would proceed with cleaning his water once a week as usual.
Anonymous - 2012-02-13
Hi,um, every female betta I get becomes super aggresive in 2 weeks or less (one even ate the eye of a live feeder fish after it realized the fish didn't fit in it's mouth). Is there any explaination or way to prevent this because I would like to breed betta fish but I don't want dead fish floating all around.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-13
    Breeding Bettas is an exciting task! Bettas in general are known for their aggression, even during breeding. Honestly, what is required to breed them, is that you introduce them to each other, slowly. There are a great deal of articles on the internet regarding this. As it would be a grand job to type, feel free to email me with an questions, or comments.
john - 2011-11-22
Hi, it's me, again. I was just wondering if my deseased betta(chewy and his girl missy) could have ghosts. Don't say I've been drinking too much because I'm 12 years old and I HAVE SEEN white fish shaped objects in my tank. The only fish in there is a white guppy.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-22
    I won't say you have been drinking. If you are seeing them, then they must be there. I don't know whether they are ghosts or shadows or getting ready to go to another world but if you see them they are there.
  • john - 2011-11-23
    Thx charlie, it makes me fell better that they are still with me. and by white guppy I meant yellow and red guppy. And also thx for answering so many of my questions.
  • calvin johnson - 2012-01-28
    by white you mean yellow and red? ithink your seeing your white guppy? (thats really yellow and red).
karthi - 2012-01-11
I bought a new fghtng fish started to lay eggs......wat did I do? I have no males in the tank....

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-12
    Females periodically release eggs. It is nothing to be concerned about, as they are not fertilized.
john - 2011-11-30

I heard of a fish called the ornate ctenopoma/orange bushfish/ansorgi and from the pictures I have seen it look like a large betta but it apperently isn't realated. I was wondering if anyone knows where I could by one of these because they aren't on ebay and I don't know any pet stores that sell them. I would really like to get one for christmas or my birthday so please help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-30
    The only place I know to get them 'ctenopoma/orange bushfish/ansorgi' commonly called the Orange Bushfish is in a tropical fish store.
nadir - 2011-11-15
Hi all, at the beginning I was having a red fighter which always seems so dull and stays at the bottom of the tank. So I bought one more betta (a blue one) and kept the two tanks adjacent to each other. After then, both the fighters rebel each other on the opposite faces of the glass wall, all the time without any rest. Will this continuous fight make the fighters so tired and lose massive body or any trouble to its health?

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  • john - 2011-11-27
    In a way, yes. If you keep two bettas together it is bad enough but when you put both of their tanks near each other they can waste all of their energy and be too tired to eat and do other stuff as they most likely won't sleep because they will be staring each other down the whole night. What you can do is get a large tank (30 gallon+) and keep them together but you would need many other fish with them so they don't target each other (ex. guppy, platy, danios, etc.). Hope this helps.
Betta Joe - 2011-11-27
I need help breeding my half moon king betta what size tank do I need and what kind of decorations do I need for the baby fish?

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  • Timmy - 2011-11-27
    Hi betta joe. I believe what you need to do to breed them is get the king betta any female betta from a pet store and put the male betta in a medium size tank (5-20 gallons) before the female and hope for the best. Keep a close eye on them just in case. For the babies just put stuff only they can get into. Good Luck!
john - 2011-11-20
Hi, I would like to know if there are any species of snakehead that I can LEGALLY keep in virginia and do you Know where to find/buy them? thx.

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  • john - 2011-11-21
    Listen, I know that my question has nothing to do with bettas but I thought that since snakeheads could 'breath' air I thought labereth fish would be a good section to put my question in, sorry.
Diane - 2008-06-27
My female betta has been sitting on the bottom and has a white film on her. I would like to know what to do, I don't want to loose her. Thank you!

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  • lindy - 2011-08-09
    I'm sorry people but your fish may be dying if it has a white film on it or its eyes and is floating at the top or the botten it is dead I'm sorry.... :(
  • samiran roy,india - 2011-08-27
    the fish cant be saved. it probably has a fungus or ich on it. you should go to the pet store from where you brought her. you can use some anti-ich solution from the pet store. use two drops per just might help.
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-19
    I'm sorry but your fish has a fungus. Unless it is cured before the fish quits moving it is surely not good
Anonymous - 2011-07-04
I'm interested in getting one or two Betta - Siamese Fighting Fish, but I do not have a heater or anything, will this be a problem? My friend gave me her old tank that she had two Siamese Fighting Fish live in, and she never had a heater or light for them, so will I need to get one or not?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-04
    This fish is quite hardy and will adapt to most aquarium conditions. Like all other anabantoids their special 'labyrinth organ' enables them to survive in oxygen-depleted waters. Because of this they can survive in smaller spaces. A minimum sized aquarium for a single specimen would be 3 gallons if kept in a warm room, and with regular maintenance. They will do best however in a larger aquarium, with adequate filtration and a heater, along with regular maintenance. A 10 gallon aquarium is recommended. Provide gentle water circulation and some sturdy aquarium plants. The aquarium should be covered to prevent jumps.

    There is a heat requirement for 75 to 86 degrees. A person can do without a heater/filter etc it is just more difficult. How can you control the temperature? You would wind up cleaning the tank more frequently.

  • Amethyst - 2011-07-31
    Bettas may be OK at 76 or 77 degrees, but need 78 - 82 degrees to really thrive. "Room temperature" water is usually 2 to 5 degrees cooler than the air temperature in the room. Therefore, unless the room where the fish will be living is very warm (over 80 degrees) all the time, you will need a heater, and I strongly recommend an adjustable heater. There are any number of heaters that say they don't need adjustment and will keep the water the right temp. However, they usually raise the water temp a set number of degrees above room temp, and in most rooms the temperatures vary from day to night, etc., therefore your water temp will also vary, which isn't good for your fish. You can get relatively inexpensive heaters at various pet stores and online, and be sure you get an aquarium thermometer, too. Depending on the size of the tank and the wattage of the heater, you may need to set it higher or lower than the degrees marked on the heater to maintain the right temp. One way to check where to set the heater is to turn it on to a higher temp setting than you think you need, then check the thermometer every 30 minutes or so, and when your thermometer reads 79 or 80, turn the heater down just until it turns off (most have a light to let you know when the heater is actually running). The thermostat in the heater will then keep the temp at that level - as the tank cools, it will come back on, and will shut itself off again at the same temp as you turned it off.

    Lights are not necessary, as bettas like fairly low light conditions. If you do have a light, use a low wattage bulb, provide plants and other places where the fish can get out of the light into some shade, and be sure to turn the light off at night. Fish need to sleep, too, and do it best in dark conditions.

    Most importantly, if you get two bettas, they should NOT be housed together. Male bettas will fight to the death if in the same tank. Male bettas will also fight female bettas, and should be in the same tank ONLY when they are ready to breed (something to leave to more experienced betta owners, in my opinion). Female bettas can sometimes do OK in a tank together, but they do best in larger groups (6 or more), and need lots of room, lots of places to hide from each other, lots of surface room so that they can all get to the surface to eat and breathe, etc., and even then some female bettas will be aggressive with the others. Again, in my opinion, best to leave the "sorority" tanks to more experienced aquarists. You can use one tank with a divider that is sturdy enough to keep them apart, and reaches all the way to the lid, as bettas have been known to jump over dividers and attack each other. Also, each betta needs about 3 to 5 gallons of water to really thrive, so if you're going to divide a tank, the tank needs to be at least a 5.5 or 6 gallon, 10g would be even better. There are many very tiny "betta bowls" or "betta tanks" on the market that come with dividers that hold a total of a gallon or less of water. These aren't big enough for one healthy betta without the divider, much less two. If the tank your friend gave you is less than 5 gallons, please only get one betta, or get a bigger tank. One betta in a tank alone will not get lonely, and he will be healthier, interact more with you, and live longer than two bettas in insufficient space.

    Good luck, and have fun with your new friends. Bettas are great fish with very individual personalities.

    Good luck with your fish.