Betta Diseases – Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Recuperation

April 19, 2010

Betta Diseases – Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Recuperation
By Elizabeth Christopher

It is said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. While this is definitely the case with bettas, once they become sick, their condition can deteriorate quickly. That is why you want to be ready in advance with all the tools you will need if your fish contracts any of the many betta diseases.

You might think that you can always head out to the local pet store if and when you notice your fish are unhealthy. There are two major problems with this strategy. First, by the time symptoms appear on your fish, the betta diseases causing those symptoms have already been growing, and becoming stronger, and your fish weaker. This means a longer recovery time, and a smaller window for treatment. Second, the store may be out of whatever meds or tools you need. That could spell disaster for your betta.

The first thing you will want to purchase for your betta first aid kit is sea salt, or aquarium salt. You do not need much, and it is very inexpensive. When treating bettas in a recovery tank or bucket, generally a couple tablespoons per gallon of water is needed. You will also find that placement of a tablespoon per gallon of tank water does wonders for your fish during tank water changes.

Buy a one gallon bowl or jar for holding and treating fish. When you remove sick bettas to this tank, use the water they were already in and acclimated to, as to lessen the shock of moving. Keep some antibacterial soap on hand for yourself, as you definitely do not want to spread betta diseases to your healthy fish after handling sick ones.

Buy rubber gloves and a scrub brush that you use specifically for tank cleaning and water changes and nothing else. I was at a friend’s house once, and suggested that his tank was behind time for a cleaning. He promptly went to his kitchen and returned with a scrub brush. Yikes! No matter how hard you clean, you may transfer chemicals to you betta’s tank. Only use tools that are specifically for your betta tank.

Betta diseases are all different, but a few chemicals treat many of them. Tetracychlin is a good all around treatment for many betta bacteria, and can be found at most pet stores. The more difficult betta diseases need to be treated on an individual basis, but some of the better meds for these are kanamycin and ampicillin. As always, consult manufacturer’s labels for proper application.

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Betta Fins – Will Damaged Fins Grow Back?

April 12, 2010

Betta Fins – Will Damaged Fins Grow Back?
By Elizabeth Christopher

Many fish owners have other fish in the tank with their bettas. Either through contact with other aggressive fish, other bettas or betta diseases, they may notice the betta fins become torn, ripped or jagged. A common question after noticing this condition is whether the fins will regenerate. The answer lies in how the fish lost part of its fins.

Fin rot can cause betta fins to appear jagged, or incomplete. This is because the tank conditions have deteriorated in your tank, parasites and bacteria have attacked your betta, and begun to eat the betta fins or tail. This disease is very easy to treat, and virtually never leads to other afflictions. Betta fin rot is virtually non-existent in a clean, well- maintained tank that has approximately one tablespoon per five gallons of aquarium salt added.

Your fish’s fins will immediately start to regenerate and fill in the jagged, torn spots almost immediately after the tank conditions improve. It is then a mere case of ongoing tank maintenance.

Betta fins can, however, also become damaged due to fighting other fish. When this occurs, the damage can be extensive. If not caught soon enough, the fighting can lead to severe damage that goes all the way to the body of the fish. Separation and treatment in a salt bath to protect against bacterial infection must be immediate.

In some severe cases, both disease and fighting can lead to permanent damage of the fins or tail, but in almost all cases, if the fish is treated properly, and eased back into a clean, well-maintained tank, fin and tail re-growth is guaranteed. Knowing the precise treatment of disease, and some trade secrets about tank maintenance, will allow you to effectively extend your betta lifespan to three to five years.

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