Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:44 pm Post subject: Betta tail tearing/withering..please help!!
I have seen in many fish shops in India where the betta(fighter) fishes have strong tails (not even a single tear or damage) even though they are kept in tiny bowls or horlicks bottles all day long, kept close to each other flaring every now and then.
But When I tried to keep them in small tanks (bigger than bottles) with bore well (ground) water (the same water the shop keepers use), their tails are like tearing in the caudal area and its getting bad every day and disintegrating a lot and no more beautiful.
I change 40% water every two days..take out the poop with eye dropper whenever I see it..use sand gravel..and feed them "Attisons betta pro" or "New life spectrum". And the fishes are in room temperature.(27-28C)
I dont know what magic to do to keep their tails strong like in the shops..im really fed up..do I need to add aquarium salt? Is it because I dont feed live worms?
If I ask this question in western forums those people talk like you need to have 5 gallon tank, heater, fliter, bla bla..I dont believe that because they havent seen the bettas in Indian shops..
So I found out this forum today and I'm here..Could someone please enlighten me on this issue? many thanks.
Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:03 pm Post subject: Re: Betta tail tearing/withering..please help!!
Your borewell could be contaminated. Switch to filtered water and add a dried almond leaf to the water (from the indian almond trees commonly seen). The tannins released by the leaved will coulour the water brownish but are good for bettas.
Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:18 am Post subject: Re: Betta tail tearing/withering..please help!!
Water could be main criteria. Use a betta water conditioners or can try with Almond leaf. Keep the water overnight in a bucket n next day use it from the top layer as much as possible.
Flaring too much to each other can be quite stressful to your betta so too much flaring is not good..samewise no flaring at all can b bad for heavy tailed ones.
I feed hikari but your food choice is fine too. Remove any sharp edge article from your tank n I keep my tank bare bottom.
I feed them twice with hikari n depends on their size.
Filter n 5 gallon tank with a proper heater is essential in India too n minimum requirement for your loved betta.
Use good not sharp edges decorative for them.
How many betta do u have?
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Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:05 am Post subject: Re: Betta tail tearing/withering..please help!!
Bettas need swimming space, without proper aquarium and filtration your Betta would not die. Internal filters with spray bars work the best. Get the smallest one I used to have 200 ltr per hour on 8*8*10 inch aquarium. Also top that filter with some biomedia. Use RO water and you're good to go. You can successfully keep bettas for years.
Shop they sell the lot within a week or couple of weeks. Hence the remaining stock which does not sell either dies or they sell for cheap to those who don't know a shit.
They say Betta Aquariums does not require filtration, I say humans don't require air to breath.
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