so, i think my betta is about to pass away probly…:(

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
8679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Bettas generally live 2-3 years, so chances are he is dying of old age.

I’m sorry your little buddy isn’t doing well. Two years is a good life when it comes to Bettas.

Post # 4
34 posts

Three years is a long time for a betta. It’s also hard to tell how old they are when you get one at a big name pet store.

Both of mine died of old age. Darwin was a gorgeous dark red with neon blue streaks in his fins. About 2-3 months before he died, his colors faded and he was a reddish brown. No more bubble nests or jumping out of the water to attack my finger, either. Same with Tesla, his teal blue faded to a grey blue and was a total bum. He laid around on the bottom of the tank for the last month or so and didn’t bother harrassing his snail tankmate.

I’m sorry to hear your little guy’s not doing well. 🙁

Post # 5
1926 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m so sorry! I had a Betta, but he only lived about 1 year. His name was “King Triton, Lord of the Fish Bowl”. I had him when I was a college freshamn and everyone in my dorm loved him! I took him home for the summer and he passed away and I was SO sad! 

I think you can feel good about yourself for giving him such a good life! 

Post # 6
3202 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Oh no! We have a two-year-old bright red betta named Rafael (for the red ninja turtle, lol).

I’m so sorry to hear that your fish isn’t doing so well. I do think that he is just nearing the end of his natural lifespan. It sounds like he’s had a wonderful life! I know it still hurts to lose a pet, though, so my heart goes out to you.

Post # 8
1771 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had my betta for a year before he died. No idea how old he was when I got him. His name was Malcolm and he was blue with red in his fins. He was the best fish ever. All my friends loved him. He died over summer break between sophomore and junior year and I was so sad. I’m sorry your little guy isn’t doing well 🙁

Post # 9
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m sorry your fish isn’t doing well! 🙁

I just lost my betta fish Lloydy Pants about a month ago. He had some SERIOUS attitude, and lived to be 2 years old. I loved him. When I went away for two weeks my BF had to hold up his bowl so I could “skype” with him haha.

I got a new betta a couple weeks ago, named Edgar. I still miss my Lloydy, but Edgar has a personality all his own, too.

I have to say though, it sounds like your fish has had a wonderful life!

Post # 10
3777 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I had a betta, named Alpha :), in college. He lived 3 years and died right before I graduated.

Post # 12
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@BeeG35:  yea ive had a few beta make it to old age. One started struggling badly. He would float to the top and start flapping. He was almost 4 so I knew it was from old age and his system was goining. I call an aquatic vet who suggested Finquel. Doubling the dose euthanizes the fish. Its approved by the AVMA for to euthanize fish. Your guy doesnt appear to need it. But if he does seem to struggle its just an idea to keep in your back pocket. Betas are tough guys and in my experience they go out fighting. My other older betas (2.5 years, 3 years) both lost their spicy attitudes and then died during one last spurt of fiesty behavior. 


Post # 13
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m sorry for your loss 🙁 it sounds like he had a wonderful life, and such a cute personality.

Post # 14
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. He had a long happy life!

I also own a betta fish, it is called Larry El Pez, (Larry The Fish in english), he’s 1 1/2 years now. I hope he can live as happily and as long as your little one. 

Post # 15
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

Sorry for your loss! I loved all of our Betta fish when we had them, and I am tempted to get a new one although I’m not sure where to put him since we have two cats who climb on everything! My Betta, Marlin, died probably close to 10 years ago. He loved sleeping inside of a snail shell, and one morning he didn’t swim out! 🙁 My mom accidentally shocked her Betta with cold water, and she tried doing CPR! LOL

Post # 16
3202 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Oh no! I’m so sorry! I see that I responded to this thread when you first posted it (crazy fish lady, I am!) but I just want to reiterate that it sounds like you gave your little guy the best possible life. And 3.5 years is ancient for a betta, so he had a great and LONG life. 🙂

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