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Betta tail tearing/withering..please help!!

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:44 pm Post subject: Betta tail tearing/withering..please help!! Reply with quote

 Hello  Everyone,
 
 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.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:03 pm Post subject: Re: Betta tail tearing/withering..please help!! Reply with quote

 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.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:18 am Post subject: Re: Betta tail tearing/withering..please help!! Reply with quote

 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?  
 Introduce  yourself  as  well  as  this  is  your  first  post
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:59 am Post subject: Re: Betta tail tearing/withering..please help!! Reply with quote

 you  need  to  post  some  pictures,  I  think  you  are  complicating  your  setup  too,  so  post  the  picture  of  that  as  well.
 
 There  are  better  ways  to  keep  a  fish  healthy  than  ways  a  LFS  keeps.  If  you  are  fine  to  implement  those,  you  should  take  the  advice  on  forums  seriously.
 
 BTW  please  do  check  if  your  fish  is  suffering  from  fin  rot
 http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=95397
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:05 am Post subject: Re: Betta tail tearing/withering..please help!! Reply with quote

 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.
 
 My  2  cents
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