Post # 1
I mean it’s just a fish. It’s not an animal with complex feelings, and it’s not like we can have any sort of deep emotional connection. It’s got a brain the size of a pinhead.
But I’m sad he’s sick. I feel guilty because I think some of his sickness was out of my ignorance. He’s a beautiful red betta, and quite lively when healthy.
Post # 3
ummmmm…… how did you know it was sick? (please dont take it the wrong way)
Post # 4
Aww, I’m sorry your fish is sick. My mom has had Betas and they really have a lot of personality for a fish! (hugs)
Post # 5
@abirdword: I know I feel bad for fish-they dont live very long! I’m sorry:((
@soon2bnixon: haha true….I usually don’t “know” unti they’re floating at the top
Post # 6
Sorry about your fish!! Whats wrong with him? Definitely look into beta help forums about sick Betas.. there is alot of good advice out there!
I too hate when my fish are sick… just laying there 🙁
anyway, good luck!! be sure to look up whats wrong with him to see if theres anything you can do!
Post # 8
Pet stores sell betta specific medicine. I know Petco has it. You can also try to do a partial water change in the tank incase there is just a build up of ammonia that is stressing him out. If you think he is sick because he’s not eating, try getting frozen bloodworms and thawing a little piece out and given that to him. Bettas love them and they are also easily found at the pet store.
Post # 9
Aw, honey! I totally know how you feel and it’s NOT silly and it’s NOT “just a fish”. He’s your fish and that makes him special! I’m really sorry your fish is sick. 🙁
Post # 10
Thank you for all the kind words, ladies!
@soon2bnixon: That’s a legit question. There are a few indicators.
– pale color
– “clamping” his fins – a healthy, happy betta has more flared out fins
– he quit making bubble nests (happy bettas make bubble nests)
– tiny patches of white fuzz (really bad sign; I can’t tell if it’s just a misbehaving slime coating or early signs of velvet or ich)
– unusual behavior (listless then erratic swimming)
-not interested in food
@futurewiddy: I did a partial water change yesterday. He’s in a 2 gallon bowl w/a couple cherry shrimp. I’d think if the ammonia levels were high the shrimp would die/be sick before the betta would. The shrimp seem perfectly healthy. I gave him a salt bath yesterday and just gave him another salt bath in case it’s parasitic/fungal/bacterial. I think he’s been too cold. With everyone saying bettas do fine @ room temp, I didn’t have a heater before, and after looking into it further, they really need warmth. My last betta lived 3 years w/no heater in a bowl, so I figured mine would be ok; I know better now. He’s got a heater now, but I’m afraid it might be too late.
Post # 11
That stuff is easily fixed!! First, check the ph, and make changes accordingly. We have the same slime on our black knife fish, and we go the ick tablets, and corrected the ph, and it went away and now he is happy again!
Post # 12
yep – all of that is easily fixed! forgot the name of the meds you need but just go to the pet store and tell them! they will know.
Post # 13
I’m sad your fish is sick too. I had a saltwater aquarium for a while and would get teary every.singe.time I had a fish get sick or die. It was awful.
Thankfully dogs have a much longer lifespan, lol.
Post # 14
Definitely check the PH and pick up the medicine at the pet store. Sounds like Ich to me, but I’m no expert. They should be able to help you more at the pet store.
If all else fails, you can humanely euthanize a fish at home: Humanely Euthanize a Fish. Hopefully you won’t need this, but it’s good to bookmark for future reference, if it’s ever needed.
Post # 15
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I had fish when I was a kid and I always felt terrible when they were sick or acting weird. It’s almost different than a cat or dog or something like that because they really, really can’t do anything to tell you what’s wrong and you can’t really take ’em into the vet. It bugged me when nobody had sympathy for when my fish died, so, I don’t think it’s silly at all!
I’m seconding everyone’s suggestions to hit up a pet store.
Post # 16
I hope he’s OK. I totally get being upset. I have had a few fish live what I consider to be a long time (like 6 years) and you get attached.