Saturday, 15 November 2008

Diseases of Betta Fish


There are many types of Betta fish diseases. Some of them are as follows:

Fungal Infection
If your Betta is suffering from fungal infection then it will have white cottony scraps on its body or head. He may be inactive, may be not taking its food, fins may be bunched, color turned to be little pale.

You have to change the entire water of the Betta tank. Then you should add “Fungus Eliminator” by Jungle. The measured quantity should be approximately 30-40 grains per 1/2 gallon of water. Water should have a pleasant gold color, not too gloomy. Do not give overdose of the medicine. Try to change water twice a week and put in fresh dose of the same medicine each time you change water. Keep on repeating the process until all fungus has vanished. Then put in BettaZing (8 drops per gallon) to uncontaminated any other bacteria/fungus that may still be there in the tank.

Tail Rot Or Fin Rot
This disease happens mostly due to dirty water. It is not excessively infectious, your Betta will more than liable get well if treated on time. Fins/tail will grow again, however may not have similar color or may not look as excellent or be as long as earlier.

If your Betta is suffering from this disease then its fins and/or tail appear to be getting shorter and smaller. Or they look as if to be falling separately and melting. There may be a shadowy color to the rim of the Betta’s fins/tail. He may be still active and eating usually, or may have stopped taking his food, fins may be bunched, and color may turn pale.

You have to change the entire water of the Betta tank. Put in tetracycline or Triple Sulfa mixed with Fungus Eliminator. Try to change water twice a week and put in fresh dose of the same medicine each time you change water. Keep on repeating the process until fins/tail stop diminishing and begin showing some fresh growth. This may take a minimum of 4 weeks, therefore don’t loose hope. Just the once rot stops and fins begin growing again you can stop putting in the medicines, but not previous to that.

Advanced Fin And Body Rot
This disease begins like a normal fin rot, however the rot grows quite quickly and is harder to prevent. In a little while no fins are left because all the tissues are eaten away. After that the rot moves toward to hit the body.

You have to change the entire water of the Betta tank. If possible make available a fresh jar. You must mix more than a few medications to have a possibility to stop this thing. Put in Ampicillin and double the dose if required, and put in tetracycline. These medicines generally come in the form of capsules. A complete capsule generally treats 10 gallon of water. A little overdose might be helpful. Try to change water twice a week and put in fresh dose of the same medicine each time you change water.


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