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 ( and… )
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)

Activ-Betta Bio-Activ Live Betta - White Sand - 1 lb.

Activ-Betta Bio-Activ Live Betta – White Sand – 1 lb.


Activ-Betta Bio-Activ Live White Sand contains live denitrifying bacteria & beneficial trace elements found in nature to instantly create a healthy environment for your Betta fish. The all-natural sand is specially packaged water to instantly cycle your Betta habitat.

Marine Betta - Calloplesiops altivelis - Small

Marine Betta – Calloplesiops altivelis – Small


Marine Bettas ( Calloplesiops altivelis ) are also known as ”Comets”. They have black bodies and elongated fins covered with white or light blue spots. They also have a large false eye spot on the rear of the dorsal fin. The family Plesiopsidae gives us the Longfins; Roundhead; and Spiny Basslets – fish related to groupers but with a different appearance and temperament than many others seen within the hobby. In general; fish of this family are rock-dwellers. You are far more likely to find them under a rocky overhang or perching in a cave than in the open water and some fish like the Assessors even hang out upside-down most of the time. Longfins have long pectoral fins that they perch on like legs while they survey their surroundings. These fish are ambush predators; meaning they wait for their food to come to them before striking prey with lightning speed. They are generally peaceful towards fish and inverts too large for them to eat. Their coloration is usually subdued; most are dusky or dark colored with a few; subtle; colorful embellishments. The size range of these fish ranges as well; from the small Assessors to the moderately-sized Marine Bettas and Roundhead Groupers. These fish can be fed a varied meaty diet. Some may require live foods at first to trigger a feeding response but may be weaned onto frozen; fresh or prepared foods in time. Take care that all tankmates are getting fed; as more reclusive groupers may be outcompeted by more aggressive feeders; and some more aggressive groupers may eat more than their share and not allow other tankmates to feed. These fish should not be kept with very small fish or with crustaceans like crabs and shrimp. Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists on Longfins and Devilfish and other aquarium-related topics!

Aqueon Betta Bowl Plus Water Conditioner (4 oz)

Aqueon Betta Bowl Plus Water Conditioner (4 oz)


Aqueon Betta Bowl Plus Water Conditioner is an additive that conditions tap water to be safe for fish and plants.  This unique formula was developed to help ensure the quality of water in small aquariums and bowls, where filtration is limited. The solution neutralizes a variety of potentially dangerous hazards such as chlorine, chloramines, ammonia, and heavy metals. Aqueon Betta Bowl Plus Water Conditioner also contains ingredients that promote proper health in your fish. This container comes with 4 ounces of the solution for times when adding or changing water to your fishes bowl is necessary. This conditioner makes fish care a breeze- so order it for your bowl or aquarium today! Key Features: Conditions tap water for bowls or small aquariums Neutralizes chlorine, chloramines, ammonia, and heavy metals 4 oz container

Marina Betta Kit Boy Theme (2L)

Marina Betta Kit Boy Theme (2L)


Betta fish! They are fun and easy! The Marina Betta Kit is a cool new way to bring life into your space. Complete with a 2L plastic cube aquarium with black frame, a vibrant dragon themed decorative background, blue epoxy gravel (215g), Nutrafin Max Betta Food (3g) and Nutrafin Betta Bowl Conditioner (59ml). Just add fish and water!

Marina Betta Kit, Contemporary Theme (2L)

Marina Betta Kit, Contemporary Theme (2L)


Marina Betta Kit, Contemporary Theme (2L) includes everything you need to set up and enjoy an elegant and serene aquatic world in your everyday environment. This chic and unique aquarium adds a contemporary touch to homes or offices, plus provides a cool way to showcase betta fish. Marina Betta Kit makes it so easy – just add fish and water. Features Marina Betta Kit–Contemporary Theme comes complete with the following: 2-litre (0.53 U.S. gal) plastic cube aquarium with black frame Decorative background with Contemporary theme Natural gravel (215 g/7.5 oz) 3 black decorative stones Nutrafin Max Betta Food (3 g/0.105 oz) Nutrafin Betta Bowl Conditioner (59 mL/2 oz) Also available with a Zen theme The Marina Betta Kit offers you an escape from the stresses of your life by introducing a calming element into your everyday environment. Be it at the office or in the home, the chic and unique design of the Marina Betta Kit adds a small piece of tranquility to any room.
Thomas Riggson posted at 2011-9-11 Category: Freshwater Aquarium

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