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)


Veiltail Betta - Betta splendens - Male


Veiltail Betta – Betta splendens – Male


$4.49


Veiltail Bettas are not often known as Veiltail Bettas�.this is the kind you�ll most often encounter and that most people are familiar with as the ”Siamese Fighting Fish”. The fins are very long and the tail is long and droopy. When the betta flares; the top half and bottom half are not symmetrical. Males are typically more colorful and brightly colored than females; and females usually have shorter fins. Bettas are one of the most beautiful of all the anabantoids (gouramis; or ”air-breathers”). Their ability to breathe air directly from the atmosphere enables them to live in the stagnant pools and puddles in which they naturally occur. Bettas have evolved a very intense territorial aggression to the point where they are best kept by themselves. They do not tolerate other males and females are only tolerated when breeding. This natural behavior and their ability to breathe atmospheric air makes them ideal for keeping in bowls and small aquaria. As long as the water is kept relatively warm and is changed regularly; they do very well. Bettas are carnivorous fish and must be fed meaty foods. There are many special prepared Betta diets (flake/pellet) that are excellent foods. Blood worms; brine shrimp; and plankton are also excellent as treats. Keep in mind that a betta has a stomach about the size of it’s eye. It should be fed an eyeful every day to maintain it’s shape and health. It is very popular to keep bettas in a flower vase with a terrarium plant like the peace lily. This is an excellent setup for the fish but the water must be changed weekly or more and the fish fed regularly to keep it healthy. You must also keep a fair amount of space between the water level and top of the vase; because bettas need an open space to breathe atmospheric air. Also; BETTAS DO NOT EAT THE ROOTS OF THE PLANT! This is a popular misconception about this particular setup. If you happen to see your betta nibbling the roots; this is probably just out of starvation (if you aren’t feeding it) or boredom. Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists and aquarium staff on bettas and many other topics!

Veiltail Betta - Betta splendens - Female


Veiltail Betta – Betta splendens – Female


$2.99


Veiltail Bettas are not often known as Veiltail Bettas�.this is the kind you�ll most often encounter and that most people are familiar with as the ”Siamese Fighting Fish”. The fins are very long and the tail is long and droopy. When the betta flares; the top half and bottom half are not symmetrical. Males are typically more colorful and brightly colored than females; and females usually have shorter fins. Bettas are one of the most beautiful of all the anabantoids (gouramis; or ”air-breathers”). Their ability to breathe air directly from the atmosphere enables them to live in the stagnant pools and puddles in which they naturally occur. Bettas have evolved a very intense territorial aggression to the point where they are best kept by themselves. They do not tolerate other males and females are only tolerated when breeding. This natural behavior and their ability to breathe atmospheric air makes them ideal for keeping in bowls and small aquaria. As long as the water is kept relatively warm and is changed regularly; they do very well. Bettas are carnivorous fish and must be fed meaty foods. There are many special prepared Betta diets (flake/pellet) that are excellent foods. Blood worms; brine shrimp; and plankton are also excellent as treats. Keep in mind that a betta has a stomach about the size of it’s eye. It should be fed an eyeful every day to maintain it’s shape and health. It is very popular to keep bettas in a flower vase with a terrarium plant like the peace lily. This is an excellent setup for the fish but the water must be changed weekly or more and the fish fed regularly to keep it healthy. You must also keep a fair amount of space between the water level and top of the vase; because bettas need an open space to breathe atmospheric air. Also; BETTAS DO NOT EAT THE ROOTS OF THE PLANT! This is a popular misconception about this particular setup. If you happen to see your betta nibbling the roots; this is probably just out of starvation (if you aren’t feeding it) or boredom. Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists and aquarium staff on bettas and many other topics!

Shortfin Dragonscale Betta - Betta splendens


Shortfin Dragonscale Betta – Betta splendens


$6.99


The Shortfin Dragonscale Betta has short fins and the individual scales are larger than other bettas and often with dark edges to give them a scaly appearance. Bettas are one of the most beautiful of all the anabantoids (gouramis; or ”air-breathers”). Their ability to breathe air directly from the atmosphere enables them to live in the stagnant pools and puddles in which they naturally occur. Bettas have evolved a very intense territorial aggression to the point where they are best kept by themselves. They do not tolerate other males and females are only tolerated when breeding. This natural behavior and their ability to breathe atmospheric air makes them ideal for keeping in bowls and small aquaria. As long as the water is kept relatively warm and is changed regularly; they do very well. Bettas are carnivorous fish and must be fed meaty foods. There are many special prepared Betta diets (flake/pellet) that are excellent foods. Blood worms; brine shrimp; and plankton are also excellent as treats. Keep in mind that a betta has a stomach about the size of it’s eye. It should be fed an eyeful every day to maintain it’s shape and health. It is very popular to keep bettas in a flower vase with a terrarium plant like the peace lily. This is an excellent setup for the fish but the water must be changed weekly or more and the fish fed regularly to keep it healthy. You must also keep a fair amount of space between the water level and top of the vase; because bettas need an open space to breathe atmospheric air. Also; BETTAS DO NOT EAT THE ROOTS OF THE PLANT! This is a popular misconception about this particular setup. If you happen to see your betta nibbling the roots; this is probably just out of starvation (if you aren’t feeding it) or boredom. Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists and aquarium staff on bettas and many other topics!

Dumbo Betta - Betta splendens - Male


Dumbo Betta – Betta splendens – Male


$14.99


The Dumbo Betta is one of the most ornate and unusual varieties of Betta splendens . This variety has very enlarged pectoral fins that look like large elephant ears on either side of the betta’s head. These fins may have similar coloration to the body or may even be a contrasting color. The Dumbo Betta is fairly uncommon and is not available often or in very large quantities. Bettas are one of the most beautiful of all the anabantoids (gouramis; or ”air-breathers”). Their ability to breathe air directly from the atmosphere enables them to live in the stagnant pools and puddles in which they naturally occur. Bettas have evolved a very intense territorial aggression to the point where they are best kept by themselves. They do not tolerate other males and females are only tolerated when breeding. This natural behavior and their ability to breathe atmospheric air makes them ideal for keeping in bowls and small aquaria. As long as the water is kept relatively warm and is changed regularly; they do very well. Bettas are carnivorous fish and must be fed meaty foods. There are many special prepared Betta diets (flake/pellet) that are excellent foods. Blood worms; brine shrimp; and plankton are also excellent as treats. Keep in mind that a betta has a stomach about the size of it’s eye. It should be fed an eyeful every day to maintain it’s shape and health. It is very popular to keep bettas in a flower vase with a terrarium plant like the peace lily. This is an excellent setup for the fish but the water must be changed weekly or more and the fish fed regularly to keep it healthy. You must also keep a fair amount of space between the water level and top of the vase; because bettas need an open space to breathe atmospheric air. Also; BETTAS DO NOT EAT THE ROOTS OF THE PLANT! This is a popular misconception about this particular setup. If you happen to see your betta nibbling the roots; this is probably just out of starvation (if you aren’t feeding it) or boredom. Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists and aquarium staff on bettas and many other topics!

Roundtail Betta - Betta splendens - Male


Roundtail Betta – Betta splendens – Male


$4.99


Roundtail Bettas are similar to the wild Betta splendens but with longer tails. The tail is rounded on the edges but is not as long and �flowing� as the common ”veiltail” variety many people are familiar with. Bettas are one of the most beautiful of all the anabantoids (gouramis; or ”air-breathers”). Their ability to breathe air directly from the atmosphere enables them to live in the stagnant pools and puddles in which they naturally occur. Bettas have evolved a very intense territorial aggression to the point where they are best kept by themselves. They do not tolerate other males and females are only tolerated when breeding. This natural behavior and their ability to breathe atmospheric air makes them ideal for keeping in bowls and small aquaria. As long as the water is kept relatively warm and is changed regularly; they do very well. Bettas are carnivorous fish and must be fed meaty foods. There are many special prepared Betta diets (flake/pellet) that are excellent foods. Blood worms; brine shrimp; and plankton are also excellent as treats. Keep in mind that a betta has a stomach about the size of it’s eye. It should be fed an eyeful every day to maintain it’s shape and health. It is very popular to keep bettas in a flower vase with a terrarium plant like the peace lily. This is an excellent setup for the fish but the water must be changed weekly or more and the fish fed regularly to keep it healthy. You must also keep a fair amount of space between the water level and top of the vase; because bettas need an open space to breathe atmospheric air. Also; BETTAS DO NOT EAT THE ROOTS OF THE PLANT! This is a popular misconception about this particular setup. If you happen to see your betta nibbling the roots; this is probably just out of starvation (if you aren’t feeding it) or boredom. Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists and aquarium staff on bettas and many other topics!
Thomas Riggson posted at 2011-9-11 Category: Freshwater Aquarium

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