Betta Fish Vertical In Water


My Betta Died Today :o (?

I woke up this morning and my Betta Fish died. He is at the front of the tank, floating, but his head it at the top of the water, his lips sorta peeking out, and his body is vertical, going up and down. His body is really stiff when I felt him ((to see if he’s start to move)) but other than that he doesn’t seem to have any discolor or any other signs of diseases. His behavior had been normal too…. the only ‘not normal’ thing I could think of is that he had been swimming in the front of his square tank thing a lot lately, and that’s where he died.

For feeding I fed him 2 little pellets every other day, but I don’t know if this is correct.

I just wanna know if anyone has any clue as to what happened? :o ( And if you think putting a new Betta in the same tank ((All cleaned out w/ different water of course)) would be okay? And any care instructions. Thank you so much.

I won’t speculate on why your fish died, as it could have been from just about any, natural or unnatural, cause.

If you’re going to get another Betta, here is what you’ll need for it to live a long and happy life:
1. A 5-gallon cycled ( http://www.firsttankguide.net/cycle.php and http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquarium… )
tank is minimal for Betta health. Smaller tanks and bowls do not maintain a consistent temperature, and it’s nearly impossible to keep healthy water conditions.
2. A filter is necessary in any tank in order to keep the water aerated and free of toxins. For Bettas it is best to set the filter flow to low, as they are not very strong swimmers. Another good option is a sponge filter.
3. A heater is essential. Bettas need warm steady temperatures of about 80F, to thrive. Constant fluctuation leads to stress, which inevitably leads to disease and often death. You can find an inexpensive heater for a small tank at any fish store.
4. In a 5-gallon or larger tank, weekly 25% water changes, using a gravel siphon are necessary. Water conditioner must be added to the new water before it is put in the tank to remove toxic chlorine, chloramine, metals, etc. Never change all of your Bettas water, as this shock your Betta, and ultimately weaken him.
5. Bettas enjoy a well planted aquarium, (use live or silk plants, plastic can tear their fins,) with a cave or two for exploring and resting.
6. Feed your Betta a good staple pellet or flake diet, substituting frozen foods such as brine shrimp and blood worms several times per week. Reserve one day per week for fasting.

When properly cared for, Bettas have been known to live for 10 years. I have personally known them live to for 6.

Black Male Halfmoon Plakat Betta Flaring with Black Orchid Female (Siamese Fighting Fish)

Thomas Riggson posted at 2011-9-11 Category: Freshwater Aquarium

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