Why is my fighting fish at the top of the tank?
A fish may linger near the surface because he’s trying to breathe more easily. Remember, fish breathe dissolved oxygen—not oxygen that is already combined in the H2O molecule. Naturally, these dissolved oxygen levels tend to be higher near the surface, where interaction between air and water takes place.
Can bettas be in a tank with tropical fish?
If you already have tropical fish species that are known to be fin-nippers, it is best to avoid adding a betta to the tank. Despite the fighting fish’s aggressive reputation, they are often a target of bullying because of their flowy fins. The long fins will be nipped at and cause the fish injury.
Do fighting fish need a lid?
Since bettas are jumpers, you will need a lid for the container unless the top of the container is several inches higher than the surface of the water. Bettas breathe oxygen at the surface of the water, so do not block the surface and be sure to only use a lid with air holes.
Do fighting fish need a bubbler?
No, betta fish do not require bubblers or air pumps. They have a special labyrinth organ which allows them to breathe air at the surface, plus if you have a good filter the water should be oxygenated enough anyway.
Why are my fish at the top of the tank after water change?
What is this? Ammonia and Nitrite poisoning harm the gills of fish, which leads to respiratory stress. This may be the reason you’re seeing your fish dying and gasping at the top or the bottom of your new tank, right after a water change.
How do you oxygenate a tank of water?
Here are the simple steps:
- Take any type of clean cup, pitcher, or another container, scoop out and fill it with aquarium water.
- Hold the filled container some distance above the aquarium, and pour the water back into the tank. Repeat this process numerous times.
Can fighting fish live with other fish?
If a community tank is desired, Siamese fighting fish can sometimes be kept with smaller peaceful fish such as corydora or otoclinus catfish and small non-nippy tetras (tetras are best kept in a shoal of five or more of the same species). Widows, Surpae and Cochus Blue tetras are not recommended.
Can Plecos live with bettas?
Yes, plecos can live with bettas. Even though bettas tend to be aggressive towards other fish, plecos won’t trigger their aggression. This is because plecos have a peaceful nature and dull coloration, so bettas don’t see them as a threat.
Are fighting fish easy to look after?
Is it hard to keep a betta? There are no “easy” pets, but to be fair, bettas are easier to care for than many other types of fish. Bettas do, in fact, need less space than other fish, and they’re hardier.
Do fighting fish need a heater?
Heater and thermometer Siamese fighting fish are from a tropical climate, so proper heating is essential. Normal room temperature is not suitable as this is generally too cold. Room temperatures can also fluctuate, and this can be stressful to the fish.