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3 years ago #1
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my betta just sits at the top of the tank, i tap the tank to make sure he's still alive. is that normal?

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3 years ago #2
Rohan
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Sometimes betta may linger at the top for taking oxygen from the air water junction.

BUT if your betta is staying at the top all the time then then there may be problem of lack of oxygen and high nitrate in water.

did you CYCLED the tank ?
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/the-nitrogen-cycle-for- beginners-358.html

Perform an immediate 50% water change and from then onwards perform 30% water change biweekly.

Btw how big is the tank and is there any filter in it ?
Read this once :

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3 years ago #3
Christi
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I agree with Rohan. How big is the tank? Oh and please dont tap the sides of the tank, it_spooks_them and can cause them to dart off and hit themselves on a rock or other decoration. Not to mention the stress from the loud noise (ever dip your head in a bathtub and tap the side? Its much louder than what you hear from the outside)

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3 years ago #4
Jase
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Check the temperature of the water is not TOO high too, as there will be less oxygen in the water column itself. Also consider that Betta has a labyrinth organ which is specifically in their anatomy to allow them to breath from the atmosphere in waters that may have low oxygen levels anyway.

So.. in a fish that knows its got low oxygen in the water, it will have a tendency to stay near the top just to breath.

Well that's my best guess so far.


Question remains as to what if any filtration you have in your tank... also if you have a cover on the top of your tank, and how much 'air gap' is at the top, and is there venting in the tank hood to allow air flow in and out where the gas exchanges need to be occuring at the surface.

I agree with christi though, do not.. ever.. no matter what.. tap on the glass wall of your tank, this will futher stress the fish and make any small problem.. worse.

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3 years ago #5
teffles
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My tank is small, probably about a quarter gallon. My mom gave it to me and said she had her betta for over 3 years in it. So there's no filter and no heater. I just did a 100% water change. He's turning a brownish color and only sits at the top. I just recently heard from this site that betta's require filters and bigger tanks etc. I never knew this. My mom told me hers was fine.

What does fin rot look like? or any other betta disorders? He sometimes starts to turn to the side while he's sitting at the top of the tank. Poor Gillferd.

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3 years ago #6
Ebrahim
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your betta is SUFFERING from ammonia thats in the water at the moment.a bigger tank(3 gal minimum) with a gentle filter and a heater to maintain the temp at 78 farenheit is in order.

Right now theres nothing much you can do besides dailly partial water changes.but doode seriously get yourself a bigger tank with the nesesary eqipment.

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3 years ago #7
Rohan
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DO as suggested by Ebrahim and DON'T EVER perform a 100% water change as this may kill all the beneficial bacterias helping in reducing toxicity of the water

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3 years ago #8
teffles
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He was constipated, that was the problem. He's fasting for 3 days and then I will give him the pea treatment. I bought him a new tank, 1.5 gallons. He's perked back up since he's been fasting and did the 100% water change. I talked with a pet store clerk about him. I'll move him to his new tank today or tomorrow after his pea treatment. Thanks for the help

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3 years ago #9
Rohan
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PLEASE DON'T perform 100% water change ever!!

Pea will help

Boil it.Peel off the skin and then cut it into small pieces and feed.

Remember one Golden Rule "Bigger the tank lesser the maintenance required"

1.5 gallon is not enough for a betta to be in healthy condition.Betta needs atleast 3-5 gal tank so its BEST if you provide your betta a tank of that volume

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3 years ago #10
Jenny&Bob
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i have a 6 gallon tank with filter and right PH lvl and my little goldie is doing this is it a lack of oxygen?

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3 years ago #11
johnarthur
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Gasping for air at the water surface is indicative of burned gills, and that usually means the aquarium water contains toxic ammonia. To dilute it, change about 30 percent of the water now and a smaller amount for several days. Also feed no more than the fish eat in a couple of minutes.

The following link will probably explain what's happening in your aquarium:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/358.html

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3 years ago #12
addys
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hi, can anyone tell me what's with the peas, is this a treament or is this food for the bettas. please explain thanks ,,,,,,, first time here on this forum and love it, My husband has over 200 bettas all sizes and color and reproduces them and sell them to friends. love the hobby

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2 years ago #13
bettabred
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addys.. why do you ask when you have hubby?

peas work like a laxative... not good to be fed daily but help clear out the system occasionally... most of us over feed and sometimes they need the fast/clear out

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1 year ago #14
fishy farmer
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they get upside-down if they die. mine died cuz I didntnknow they needed a heater. the store village pets has betta heaters. and for soke reason my dead fish in my aquarium dont float. mabey cuz they are too fat. I sire do feed them a lot. my guppies aee about 2 1/2 inches. usually they are only 1.

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1 year ago #15
Fisher Man
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My beta was doing bad so I flushed him. He wouldn't go down and now hes doing better. he seems to like the open area and **** tarter from the bowl.

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1 year ago #16
EvB
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Peas are a laxative for many fish, particularity carnivores. they can't really digest it, and so it goes though them and takes whatever is blocking their system with it. Think of them as the bran muffin, or maybe the prunes, of the aquarium world.

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1 year ago #17
EvB
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@Fisher Man

Please don't flush a fish unless you are sure they are dead. They can suffer for quite a while in the septic system. If you have a fish you feel needs to be euthanized, there are much better, and kinder ways.

BTW - how big is your betta's tank? Is it filtered and heated?

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1 year ago #18
Fisher Man
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Sounds to me the tank in need of a Hydrogen Sulfide reverse osmosis Flushing.

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1 year ago #19
stacey
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my betta fish is staying at the top of the tank after i cleaned the tank, but she has never done that before after i cleaned her tank. she seems to have a problem breathing. btw there are no REAL plants in her tank and there is no filter because she once was sucked into one.

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1 year ago #20
JulieBoyko
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you can put a sponge or nylon around the intake so u can use the filter.

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1 year ago #21
I have A Betta Fish
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I have had the same problem. My tank is 4 gallons of water needed, and has many decorations such as fake-plastic water plants and a coral-decoration-house. My fish lingers at the top of the water, stays still, and lies motionless. He has a filter, and he is still very young. The filter captures water from the bottom of the tank and brings it up as air bubbles to the top water. There is also a light at the top of the tank.

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1 year ago #22
appreciation of you ...
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Hey mr. Arthur,
Thank you for all your help on this site (possibly others too). It seems every question i have i find your great advice on the subject. Im sure the whole aquarium community appreciates the time you have dedicated to helping us keep our fish friends healthy and happy. Thank you!

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12 months ago #23
Mario
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I have two female betta fish in one small bowl, i don't do the 100% water change, but i use purified bottled water. one fish is pretty aggressive (dominant)and the other stays at the upper corner of the bowl most of the time. What do i do?

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12 months ago #24
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Female bettas have different personalities, and some are aggressive. Lack of aquarium space can produce more aggression, and sometimes, female bettas are just not compatible.

If you are keeping the bettas in a bowl with no filtration, you should know this is not an appropriate habitat. Watching aquarium shop displays and even advertisements often indicate a very confined and unfiltered habitat is suitable for bettas, and some may even survive in those conditions.

Your two bettas will be much healthier and happier in a ten gallon tank with a low flow filter, a thermostatically controlled heater, a full hood and a working nitrogen cycle. Here are more basic requirements:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/your-first-aquarium-how- to-make-it-successful-564.html

Please feel free to ask additional questions. Aquarium keeping is more fun when you understand and apply a few basics, and we're here to help.

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12 months ago #25
johnarthur
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Betta Fish Guest: Thank you for your kind remarks. Please remember you and other guests are always welcome to join our forum.

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12 months ago #26
Mario
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thank you, but fish I need to get a hold of a larger tank, since I don't have much money right now

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11 months ago #27
Concerned Parent
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How can I heal a fish whose gills are burned from a poor nitrogen cycle. I've already changed the water however he's still coming to the top for oxygen. .What do I do?

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9 months ago #28
Jess
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Rohan I think it's rediculous to hae a 3 gallon tank for a tiny fish. It's pointless

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9 months ago #29
fishy farmer
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flushing it when its alive? cruel.....

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8 months ago #30
Daniel
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I agree that normally you would never, ever do 100% water changes. However, in this case, it's necessary to do a 100% water change washing the gravel as well. My reasoning is that I don't feel like a tank that small would really ever be completely cycled to begin with. I think for such a small tank, a 100% water change would be fine as long as he makes sure the new water is at the same temperature and the same pH level. I may be wrong, but I don't believe you can cycle a 1 gallon betta tank. To be completely cycled, the tank would need to be at minimum 5 gallons. He definitely needs a heater and a small filter that doesn't have a large flow because bettas aren't crazy about too much current in the water.

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