Betta Fish?

Betta Fish? Topic: Betta Fish?
July 19, 2019 / By Jenkin
Question: I have 2 betta, a male and a female. I intend on breeding them and did all the conditioning on them. When I got the female she had stress stripes which I assumed was due to being in a small cup all the time. After i moved her into a large tank with lots of hiding places the stripes still stayed and never went away. When I decided it was time for breeding I put the female in the males tank and she turned beautiful colors which i assume are her true colors. After an unsuccessful breeding attempt (which throughout the whole thing she stayed her dark color) I removed her and put her back in the other tank and she immediately lost her color and gained her stripes back. Whenever i later added her back to the males tank she got her color back almost instantly. would it be better to leave her with him?
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Geoff Geoff | 5 days ago
"Experienced" breeder =/= appropriately educated. I'm just saying, there are a lot of backyard breeders of every species. Please don't just follow the advice of someone without doing proper research yourself as well (like you are now). I'll have to second noselessman though. Fish don't exactly gain color by mood.. She may have gained color while in the breeding container because naturally they demonstrate heightened coloration in order to attract a mate. However, you also need to understand that this is a stressful environment for both the female and male. Betta breed and then go their separate ways. They are territorial fish. Females and males should not be kept together for that reason. Furthermore, oftentimes breeders will separate Betta fry much too early. Fry are supposed to be with each other for a few months during their grow-out process. Frequently you'll see a grown juvenile Betta experiencing such symptoms when they were prematurely removed from their siblings. It works disastrously in the end if you try to reacclimate her to being with company at this point but it might be helpful if you put her tank next to a tank with a view to other fish (or the male Betta) and then gradually adjust her to solitude by placing a paper or similar solid divider between the tanks for a few hours a day until you start doing it a few days a week and then permanently. On the other hand, if she has constant view of other fish, in particular other Betta, it may very well be what's driving her stress stripes in which case it may be prudent to block her view of these immediately to see if that's the case. But (yes, another exception) if you have a Betta that's a little slow on the acclimation, it may just be she needs time. I have one Betta that took two months to stop showing stress stripes. As is, I would not recommend trying to breed a fish that's already been stressed long term. Both for the sake of the spawning process and the health of the female. Quick fix solutions; it may be helpful to put a decent concentration of dried Indian Almond leaves or Oak tree leaves in her tank. It usually helps with transitions. Blackwater extract has similar properties as well. I've personally owned fish that developed skittish behaviors and a Betta once that had stress stripes in reaction to decor within the tank. Try to minimize the activity level around her and if she's avoiding any area of the tank, try to change or rearrange the decor to see if there are any triggers. In all, reducing the light period,covering the tank with a blanket, providing regular and stable feeding and maintenance times should also be helpful in trying to make her more comfortable.
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Geoff Originally Answered: How often will I need to clean my fish tank? What else can I do to take care of my betta fish better?
Water changes: Never change more than 50% of the water at one time. Anything more and you run the risk of shocking the fish. For the first month of running your filter, or until it cycles (more on that below) I'd do 25% water changes every week. After the first month your tank should be nearly cycled and you can drop down to 10-20% instead. If the gravel starts to get dirty buy a gravel vacuum and use that during your water changes. The most important item in your tank (after water, of course) is the filter. This is because a filter does more than just suck up any floaties. A fish produces ammonia. Anything rotting in the tank produces ammonia. The filter, you see, can even take out this ammonia. Ammonia is clear. You cannot see it in your tank's water. Often times new fish owners don't realize that there is ammonia in the tank until their fish develops fin rot, ammonia poisoning (red spots), or other deadly problems. So, what all does a filter do and how does it do it? First it removes all of those nasty floaties and uneaten junk. It does this by sucking water and everything else up though the intake, running it though some sort of fabric or foam/sponge. And then pushing the now mostly clear water back out the top of the filter. It can help keep the water clear and scent free. Whenever you have carbon in the filter that is less than a month old, that is. Carbon removes some of the impurities of the water. Carbon cannot, however, remove ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate. Remove ammonia, nitrite and nitrate is something else the filter does. This one is more complicated than the others. You don't just buy something and it removers this stuff. Okay, fine. You can but that's cheating. I always think it is better, and more reliable, if you let your tank create a way to remove these three by itself rather than you adding things to your filter or your water. The filter removes them through a process we call cycling. The "cycle" is created by bacteria that live in your filter. Yes, bacteria. It's good, though. I won't hurt you. No need to douse the tank in hand sanitizer. The bacteria eat ammonia (or invisible wastes) and then give off a waste of their own called nitrite. Then, another kind of bacteria appears and eats the nitrite! And then that produces nitrate and then more bacteria---- no, wait. There's only two kinds of bacteria. One that eats ammonia and one that eats nitrite. No bacteria eats nitrate. But Nitrate is healthier! Much, much healthier. When testing the water, we measure ammonia and nitrite in readings called parts per million. Ammonia is considered of moderate danger to the fish if it even reaches 0.25ppm. That's not even one part per million (I assume it goes on to say one part per million parts...) Nitrate, on the other hand is safe even up to 30ppm. Thirty ppm! You know what, nitrate kind of rhymes with "great" So just think nitrite is "alright" and nitrate is "great." The only thing you need to do to get this cycle going is to have a fish in the tank and be doing water changes with conditioner. Don't change the filter cartridge if you can as that's where most of the bacteria live. If you need to, rinse it out in a bucket of old tank water. Chlorine will kill the bacteria. Anyway, in short, you need the filter. It needs to run 24/7. Now, what can you do about the flow it creates? Buying a pre-filter to put over the intake. This will help soften the current a little. You should also keep the water level as high as you can. And, put a decoration or two right underneath and around the filter. That will help break up the current. Given time, your betta can adjust to the filter's pull. Another thing you can try is to glue (with food-safe glue!) something to the outtake of the filter. This would be a simple square, flat plastic with another piece glued to the opposite side of the filter. The picture is https://s.yimg.com/hd/answers/i/9c22c418... and basically you'd glue the colored plastic to the bottom of the filter lip. The water would run off from the filter on to the lip and then cascade into the tank. The only difference is that the water would be more spread out making the flow more gentle. The pink at the end of the plastic is just a simple lip that goes straight up in the air to prevent the water from just flowing stright ahead. The pink lip would also help to slow the water flow down.
Geoff Originally Answered: How often will I need to clean my fish tank? What else can I do to take care of my betta fish better?
This is just me, but I would upgrade to a 5 gallon tank with plants. One reason these smaller (3 gallon and under) tanks are bad for bettas is that when you add filtration its going to push them around because there is not enough area space for all that current. They are weak swimmers due to their large heavy fins. A 5 gallon or larger gives you more room so the filter won't cause so much of a current. Plants will help keep your water quality good and a betta would enjoy having them. You could do a low tech planted 5-10 gallon tank for fairly cheap. Just some options. I would also only feed once a day or every other day. Overfeeding will ruin your water quality quickly.

Dikla Dikla
You cant just take a petstore betta out of a tank and breed it with a petstore fish. Many of them are already too old for breeding, most of them a vvery unhealthy, very few of them are show quality, or anything that will produce fry that wiell, so I hope you plant to have a 5 gallon heated filtered tank for 500 fish that you bring into the world that will have no other place to live . They should both be show quality breeding stack, and even then they need to be conditioned to be prepared for the violent task ahead. If you have to wonder if the betta might be unhealthy, they have no business being forced to be in a tank with another each other NO IT WOULDNT BE BETTER TO KEEP 2 BETTAS TOGETER! Fish don't get color just because there happy, it was probably from stress and fear, leave it alone stop moving it AROUND!
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Blaze Blaze
You sound like you barely know anything about bettas. You've already made plenty of mistakes. Have you done any research at all? Why are you breeding pet store bettas? Don't breed them.
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Blaze Originally Answered: Why did my betta fish die?
Hi, it's good that your interested in how and why your betta died. I think there is to many things we could think it could be without more info from you. Most fish that are kept on there own only keep jumping if the water there in isn't suitable. When you say "I cleaned his home" what exactly are you referring to? Bowl, tank? Small living conditions are much harder to look after, the important water conditions that your betta live in could change overnight and kill your fish in less than 24 hours. It's so critical to keep the water conditions of your betta near perfect if you are keeping them in a small amount of water. Some questions I could ask from reading your question are: 1. When you say you change the water, are you changing all water? 2. When you say you cleaned his home, are you saying you clean everything in the bowl, tank? Could I suggest your cleaning everything and changing all water may be what killed your fish. I'm not saying this is what you have done but more info on the bowl or tank size, any filtration and what source of heat are you using. Good luck with it.

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