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My betta fish is not eating. I placed a holiday disk in his tank for food while we were away this weekend.. Just got home and the water was extremely cloudy


I hope you did a big water change right away. The very first thing to do, any time there is a problem with water for fish, is to change at least half of it right away. If you have dip strip tests, test some of the water you change to find out if any readings are too high, but do the change first. If you don't have tests, you should consider getting some, they are the only way to tell if the water has too much ammonia, nitrite or nitrate for fish safety.

Cloudy water often means a bacterial bloom has happened, which isn't always dangerous to the fish. But sometimes they can be the result of a rise in ammonia. All fish produce ammonia as part of their respiration and all organic waste, which is broken down by bacterial action, also produces some ammonia.

For the future, It is MUCH safer to simply not feed your fish if you are going away unless perhaps you are trying to raise valuable fry. But most tanks of fry would also probably survive if their tank is provided with large masses of live mosses and floating plants. These provide minute food resources, infusoria, bacteria, algaes, which fish can pick from the plants. Plants, of course, need enough light so they don't die off.

For sure, unfed fish will get hungry, but healthy fish will not starve to ***** in a short time. Most fish can do fine for a week and I leave mine for two and three weeks if I must and so far, nobody has died. During an emergency, my fish survived for over a month without any attention at all, far from ideal but it could not be avoided. Those fish were living in a heavily planted tank and the plants provided food resources. It also contained shrimp and live scuds the fish could eat, though they didn't eat them all.

Even an unplanted tank, if not over-stocked, should be ok, unfed, for 5-7 days, so long as the fish are all healthy and similarly sized. Tiny fish are likely to be eaten if their tank mates are big enough and hungry. If possible, put the tank lights on a timer so the day/night cycle continues while you are away. Full-time darkness won't kill them but is probably not much fun for them, either.

Fasting fish also helps avoid potentially serious water quality problems that uneaten food and fish wastes may cause in a surprisingly short time. Many keepers fast their fish routinely, one or two days a week, which is thought to mimic the erratic availability of food in the wild.

Having living plants in the tank is very useful; they use up ammonia and nitrates and provide interest, shelter and resting places for the fish. Water changes serve to keep all toxin levels at safe levels. Nitrate should not test over 50 ppm at most, 10-20 is best. Ammonia & nitrite should always be ZERO. If any levels are over these, big water changes are the only remedy.

Any fish's tank, including that of a Betta fish, should have a filter of some kind. If it does, changing 50% of the water weekly is what I have found works out for the best. Filters convert ammonia and nitrite to nitrate, the least toxic

Sadly, it's still popular to keep Betta fish in bowls without filters. It's a long way from ideal, but if water changes are done diligently, the fish may be ok, though it often ends up chopping a year or more from their life span. Without a filter, 50% of the water should be changed THREE times each week. That's a lot more changes than most advisory sites will say, but fresh, clean water is the single best friend any fish will ever have living in captivity. Make sure the fresh water's temp' is within a degree or two of the tank's temp' when you change it. Use a siphon or turkey baster to suck up fish waste from the bottom at least every other week, if not more often. Don't remove the fish when you do these maintenance tasks because that can be a lot more stressful than leaving it in.

Never feed Betta fish any more food than they can consume within a maximum of about ten minutes. Many of them tend to be very slow or picky eaters, so they need more time than most other fish species. Remove any uneaten food after a half an hour.

Mar 20, 2017 | Fish

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Using a pH meter to care for your fish


pH values are the acidity of a body of water. Neutral water has a value of 7.0 meaning that it has equal amounts of hydrogen ions and hydroxide ions. When more hydrogen ions are added the water then the number goes down and the water becomes more acidic, or if the amount of hydroxide ions goes up then the water becomes more alkaline.

pH levels in your fish tank can prove to be fatal if they aren't monitored properly. While there is no secret formula for the perfect pH level for all fish it is best to keep all the fish from the same bodies of water together. Salt water fish shouldn't be put in a tank with freshwater fish because they need different pH levels.

Throughout the day the pH level of your fish tank will change although these slight changes shouldn't be too harmful on your fish sudden changes will prove to be fatal. When you are moving fish from one tank to another you want to make sure that the two waters have the same pH levels. When you want to buy a new fish check the pH level of your fish tank and then the pH level of the water at the pet shop to make sure that the levels are not too different.

You should be checking the pH levels of your fish tank at least once a month, but more often is always better. When you take the pH level you should write it down in a log book. You should try to take the pH level at the same time every time you take a reading because at different times of the day the levels would be different. Try to keep yourself from going crazy, if the pH level is a few decimals off of perfect your fish will be okay. If the level is fairly regular you shouldn't have to do anything unless your fish show signs of distress.

on Feb 02, 2014 | Measuring Tools & Sensors

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How to treat my Betta fish ick


  1. The first thing you should do is remove your betta from its current tank. You will want to set up a separate temporary container to house your betta while you clean his regular tank. Be sure to use clean water that has been treated with water conditioner. If a separate tank is not available, you will want to do a full water change on the tank along with a thorough cleaning. Again, be sure to add the appropriate amount of water conditioner before adding your betta back to the tank.
  2. Ick thrives in cold water, so after you have a clean tank setup, you will want to install a tank heater to warm the temperature gradually to 82 degrees. Be sure to use the proper size heater for your tank size. Also, make sure the heater has a cut off switch or something to keep the temperature from going over 82 degrees. You don't want to cook your fish!
  3. Now you are ready to treat the ick. You will need an antiparasitic medication. Try Kordon Rid Ich Plus you can pick it up at most pet stores. If they do not carry it, ask for another antiparasitic appropriate for betta fish. Use according to package directions.
  4. Continue treatment according to directions.
How to keep ick away:

  • Continue using heater to keep water at 82 degrees
  • Do frequent water changes with water conditioner added to clean water
  • Use aquarium salt: it is inexpensive and easy to use. Purchase from pet store and follow package directions for use.

    Good luck! I hope your fish gets better!




Mar 01, 2015 | Marina Aquarium Cubus Desk Fish Tank Betta...

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Cloudy water that stinks


1st priory is to save the fish !! move them to a new container consisting of half old water and half new water (declorinated) along with a small air bubbler !! this should help your fish to recover (don't use soap to clean out container it is toxic to fish) moist table salt is best to use for a cleaning agent and rinse well b4 putting fish inside

then ck to see if your aquarium is pumping water thru the filter and falling back into tank ( replace all the water in the tank 1st with two rinses ) make needed repairs to pump and or filter assembly (New filter cartridge) new pump impellers and cartridges are available for purchase for your aquarium from vendors that sell aquariums and allways ck the outlet the pump is plugging in b4 blaming a pump fail with a known good table light set to "On" they do go off once and an a while
verify that water chemistry is ok b4 retuning fish to tank and observe fish for strange behavior for next several hours ( upside down swimming, laying sideways )

Jan 02, 2014 | Marineland Filtration Eclipse Seamless...

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Fish


Hey Manni, Fish can be tricky critters to diagnose at the best of times- and online is harder by far because you cant really watch the fish.
Can you tell me a few details so I have a better idea of the situation? What kind of fish is it, how long has it been sitting at the bottom of the tank and are there other fish in the tank with it?
The first things I would check are the Ph. levels, the algae level, temperature and if you have a filter/aerator that it isn't clogged and is letting sufficient oxygen into the water. If all these things are ok, we need to take a closer look at the fish itself.

Jun 16, 2013 | Pets - Others

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Bith of gold fish


Goldfish are egg layers. Unless you have Comets, (commonly referred to as "feeder fish", or "carnival goldfish"), or Koi, they are both in the Carp family and are live-bearing. Meaning once the female gives birth, you must seperate the "fry" a.k.a. baby fish from all other fish in the tank or they'll become a snack. Pet stores sell breeder boxes to float in your tank that the babies stay in until they're big enough that they won't get eaten, there's also special food for babies once they're born or hatched from eggs.

Apr 09, 2013 | Fish

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How much food should I feed my fish?


You should feed them as much as they can eat in a few minutes. The amount varies on the number of fish you have in your tank; however if you are using flake food, the goal is to have your fish eat everything before it falls to the floor of your tank. Generally speaking, this should only amount to a pinch or two of flake food.

Aug 29, 2012 | ANIMATE Fish

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Can I make my own fish food dispenser for my tank? I really don't want to spend more money on my fish.


You can try making your own. But make sure you try it out for a few days before you go away just in case there is a problem.

Aug 26, 2012 | Archos Fish

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Does an aquarium filled with goldfish need a filter?


Generally speaking, goldfish can survive in a fish bowl orsmall tank without a filter. However, ifyou have multiple goldfish in one tank, they would probably live longer andhealthier lives with a filter. Filtersare beneficial because they clean the water and keep it balanced. The fresher the water is, the healthier yourfish.b>

May 13, 2012 | Fish

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My fish tank air pump broke and I think my fish aren't getting enought oxygen because of it. Should I buy a new one or can it be fixed?


Technically, it can befixed but if it happens once, it will likely happen again. You should buy a new one as they aregenerally pretty cheap. In the meantime,fill a large bowl with water and place the fish there. This will allow them to get some fresh oxygen. While the fish are in the temporary container,get rid of all of the water in the tank. Then, refill again with new, oxygenated water. I wouldn't leave them in this environment formore than a day before you purchase a new air pump.

May 13, 2012 | Fish

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