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Betta Diseases – Diagnosing a Sick Betta Fish

Betta fish get sick. It just happens, sometimes the diagnoses and treatment are simple, sometimes they get out of hand too quick for the average Betta owner to do anything about it. Below I’ve compiled some of the most common Betta diseases in hopes of helping you diagnose or know what to look for in a potentially sick Betta fish.

Ichthyophthirius multifilis

Usually you will find this referred to as “ich.” Ich is a parasite that usually presents itself in the form of small white spots that form on your fish. It is generally hard to spot at first but can grow larger within a couple of weeks and the infected areas of your sick betta fish may turn into reddish streaks. You may also notice a sluggishness and lethargy in your pet. A fish with which may also be seen rubbing against hard surfaces in an attempt to scrape the parasites off.

Unionized Ammonia

More commonly known as Ammonia poisoning, this condition usually results in a fish that gasps for air at the top of the tank or presents redness around the gills. Your Betta may lay on the bottom of the tank and become quickly lethargic. Another sign to look out for is red streaking on your Betta’s body or a fish that completely refuses to eat.

This condition often results from a new tank that isn’t properly cycled or adding too many fish to a small tank.

Nitrite Poisoning

Nitrite poisoning shares many of the symptoms mentioned above in regards to Ammonia poisoning. In addition to these you may notice your pet’s gills taking on a brownish hue, it’s gills flap rapidly, or that it tries to stay near the filter bubbles in an attempt to get at oxygen. High nitrite levels often follow high Ammonia levels and the two are commonly linked together.

Source by T L Gallamore