Post # 1
We’ve had a glorious crowntail betta for almost three years. He is in a five gallon tank by himself with an awesome log that he can swim through, hide in and under and around. He gets fed small meals twice a day and he has always been a really wiggly funny little guy and would always make impressive bubble nests after water changes.
For the last three weeks he has stopped being himself and just lays at the bottom and doesn’t move. He still wiggles at feeding times and eats but then goes right back down to the bottom. No more bubble nests, no protecting his log from nothing, not really anything anymore. I’ve read about swim bladder disorder and so we fasted him for a couple days and it did nothing.
I think its just a matter of time now, a short amount of time. 🙁
Anybody else had betta survive to die of old age?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
@howsweetitis: ahh I love both of those names! My little guy is Vince Gill. he is navy and maroon at the same time. His color is not too bad yet. Tho I noticed about a year ago his fins developed faint black spots and I read that was a sign of maturity. He was a little guy, a teenager when we got him.
@twixie: great names too 🙂
Post # 8
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
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 Boyfriend or Best Friend 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
I had a betta, named Alpha :), in college. He lived 3 years and died right before I graduated.
Post # 11
Well I hate to bring it back up but I have to make the grave announcement that our little guy passed away last night.
Id say he made it to around about 3.5 years, depending on how old he was when we got him. He will get a proper burial tonight, in a peaceful spot under the tree in our backyard.
Post # 12
@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
I’m sorry for your loss 🙁 it sounds like he had a wonderful life, and such a cute personality.
Post # 14
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
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
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. 🙂