Betta Fish Dying – Advice


Do you think you might have a problem with betta fish dying? Every day hundreds of people notice a change in their betta fish and think it is dying from one of a huge list of betta fish illnesses that are certainly possible! Fortunately, there are some common causes of betta fish dying that can be looked into and figured out quickly enough to make a big improvement in the health of your fish. Some easy tips and tricks can be used to help give your dying Siamese fighting fish a second chance at life!

Betta Fish Dying From Poor Water Quality

Poor water quality is likely one of the top reasons for betta fish dying on you. Many people keep their Siamese fighters in smaller fish tanks and forget to change the water for months at a time. If you don’t do small water changes for your fish on a regular basis (usually weekly) then the toxins can quickly build up if the beneficial bacteria are overwhelmed. The bad compounds are ammonia, nitrite, and the less toxic nitrate. If ammonia or nitrite is high then your fish might seem to have burns on its scales and fins. They may gasp at the surface for air if their sensitive gills are damaged.

A quick fix if you think this might be the case is to do huge water changes every day. Change 90 to 100% of the water every day and feed only a little bit of food before a water change. This will drastically reduce the levels of toxic chemicals.

Betta Fish Dying From Old age

If betta fish dying of old age is a concern, try to think about just how long you have had the fish. If you got it from a pet store the chances are that it was up to one year old when you bought it. Betta fish live for about 3 years on average so most people will only have their Siamese fighting fish at home for a few years before they die of old age. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do to solve this cause of betta death.

Betta Fish Dying From Fin Rot And Tail Rot

Betta fish dying of fin rot or tail rot will start to have their fins melt away. The fins will then get patchy red spots that give the appearance of inflammation and maybe even bleeding. This is usually due to bacterial infections such as Aeromonas, Psuedomonas, or Vibrio infections of the fins. If untreated the fish can quickly become ill and stop eating and may get clamped fins.

Treatment for fin rot is often successful if you try a water change then add aquarium salt to the betta’s fish tank. Many antibiotics for bettas are labeled with exactly what they will treat. Try one specifically for fin rot such as BettaFix or tetracycline.

Betta Fish Dying From Poor Nutrition

If your betta fish are dying from poor nutrition there could be several causes of this. This is usually not much of a betta emergency but more of a long term issue. Your dying betta fish will slowly seem to lose weight and look like it is losing muscle mass! The good places to look for muscle loss on fish is along the top of the body and along the area in front of the tail. They can start to look sunken in. The betta fish may also have less energy and will be less active.

This can be from old stale food or from not enough food of a good quality food. If you have fresh food, try feeding on a regular basis – small amounts of food twice per day. If your betta food is stale, then buy new betta food and start feeding it regularly in much the same way. Or, try live fish food or frozen foods such as brine shrimp or grindal worms.

Hopefully you can look through this list of common betta health issues and find one of the reversible causes that can be easily treated. Catching illnesses early in Siamese fighting fish is a great way to help prevent your betta fish dying!


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