I think the biggest problem people have when they have a sick fish is that they are not prepared. Oftentimes when a betta gets sick, people waste a lot of time.
I have experienced swim bladder problems myself with bettas and have done treatment and plenty of research on the topic. So, to help you out if your fish is swimming oddly, the following is what you need to know about swim bladder problems and possible treatments:
Let's start with the pollution, which is the main problem that's run into with bettas. Ideally, fish would live in an ecosystem that maintained itself. Fish would eat and produce waste. The waste raises the nitrate (nitrite? I forget) levels in the water. Plants process it and make the water cleaner. It's a cycle. In the home aquarium, you actually can make a self sustaining setup, minus adding some water for evaporation, but most people don't do this. Most people use a filter and artificial plants. How that works is that the filter pad takes out the physically large particles. It also provides a surface for good algae to grow on. These help brake down the nitrates, and while you should remove excess algae, you shouldn't scrub it perfectly clean and sanitize it. The carbon in the filter helps to remove toxins that the algae didn't. When you replace a filter pad, you're really just replacing the carbon. Then the water is returned to the tank. Since it was agitated and dropped back in, it also helps aerate the water. Besides the algae there are other bacteria and microbes in a healthy tank that help break down fish waste and toxins. That's why you can't set up a tank and dump fish in the same day. Most people recommend letting the tank cycle for a minimum of a week and that's if you dump in some water from a running aquarium to kick start the bacterial growth.
RE: Betta Fish Problems - Petco Community - 4223
My Male Betta Fish Is Having Some Horid Problems
Bettas, also known as Siamese Fighting Fish, are a popular choice and a frequent sight in their individual bowls in pet stores. For a fish with such a fierce name, however, they can be surprisingly fragile and susceptible to a variety of betta fish diseases. Fortunately, most problems that lead to a sick betta can be prevented with diligent proper care and a carefully maintained healthy environment. Knowing the symptoms of the most common betta diseases is the best way to catch any problems that do develop as soon as possible to keep your betta fish alive.One of the more common betta fish diseases is Dropsy, and it is unfortunately often fatal. Little is known about its causes apart from high nitrate levels and dirty water, but the use of live foods is sometimes suspected. Because it is more probably a sign of other problems than an individual disease, a sick betta with signs of Dropsy should be isolated in water from the tank before its cause can spread to other fish.Something about a Betta 11/24/05 Hi, I have a Siamesefighting fish in a one gallon tank. The problem is he hasthese white spots on him but he's not acting weird. He's hadthem for about three weeks. Thanks. andthe linked files above... You need to act quickly here... BobFenner>Betta Problems 11/18/05 Hi - I have a (rather large)female Betta fish. She isn't very old, but lately she seemslistless. In fact, she hardly swims around anymore. She either lays atthe bottom of her aquarium or props herself on one of her plants. Thereis also a small white spot on the top of her dorsal fin that has neverbeen there before. The aquarium she is housed in has a divider in itand on the other side there is an additional female Betta. I'mwondering if you could give me some advice as to what to do with this(possibly sick???) Betta fish. I don't want her illness, if thereis one, to pass on to her aquarium buddy. Thanks for any advice you cangive. (I'd appreciate a quick reply...time may be short for myfish.) scroll down to the area re Bettas... read re Systems, Feeding,Health/Disease. Bob Fenner>