Fish Life

How To Treat Dropsy In Betta Fish

Betta fish are beautiful aquatic pets, but they require a great deal of maintenance.  They can live in harmony without many difficulties when treated for properly.  Unfortunately, sometimes undesired problems may occur unexpectedly.  One of the most common afflictions in betta fish is a health condition known as dropsy. This can leave the owner in fear for the health of their betta fish.

Betta fish affected with dropsy can be cured.  Dropsy is a common infection that can come about from dirty aquariums or extreme stress.  The good news is that dropsy can be cured!  Providing proper treatment for dropsy starts with a clean and stress-free aquarium.  And with simple products found at your local pet store, dropsy doesn’t stand a chance.  In this article we’ll cover the basics of the disease and how to treat it step-by-step. read more

Why My Fish Tank Smells? [With EASY Treatment Options]

While visiting a friend recently, I admired the array of fish in her aquarium. I noticed it smelled a little funky, though. I asked how often she has to clean it, and she admitted, “I try to clean it regularly, but there’s been this awful smell lately and I don’t know why.” To help my friend and anyone else with this problem, I looked into it and found possible causes, steps to determine the source, and solutions for getting–and keeping–the smell out.

Dead fish, uneaten food, and overcrowding are the most common causes of a smelly aquarium. It could also be a dead plant, a dirty filter, or an incorrect substance. These substances include the type of substrate, water conditioner, or other added chemicals. read more

How to Add Oxygen to a Fish Tank?

Oxygen is essential for fish survival. When oxygen supply is not enough, the fish can have low appetite, swim less vigorously and have labored breathing shown by the rapid movement of gills If you see your fish going to the surface and gasping repeatedly with its mouth open wide, it is a sign that oxygen supply is insufficient.

Besides fish needing oxygen supply, other living things in the aquarium also need it. Beneficial bacteria need oxygen to break down waste. The plants that grow there also need oxygen. Basically, everything that lives and eventually decays or dies off in your aquarium requires oxygen, and therefore depletes it in the process of consumption. read more

How Many Fish Per Gallon? (Myth vs. Facts)

One of the most important things to consider when preparing to get fish as pets or home décor is how to properly stock your fish tank. Stocking a fish tank is not a simple process and requires more than just deciding what fish to add to your collection.

The common “1 inch of fish per gallon” is a simple guideline but stocking a fish tank requires balancing many factors in order to keep your tank environment suitable for your pets. Surface area, filters and swimming space are all key to deciding what kind of fish you should stock and how many of them you can have per gallon in a tank. read more

How Often To Feed Fish? When & How

Proper fish care begins with diet, which is the key to maintaining health and longevity in aquarium life. Due to the array of species available for fish keepers, this can lead to uncertainty about what your fish should be eating, how much food they need to eat, and how often they need to be fed.

As a general guideline, it is best to try to replicate the diet a fish would eat in their natural habitat. Each species has evolved to metabolize certain foods and nutrients in ways that allow for optimal growth, energy, and even appearance. read more

How to Reduce Nitrate in Your Aquarium? (Complete Guide)

If you recognize your fish tank has high nitrates it can feel like impending doom but for some people, they aren’t so lucky as it’s known as the silent killer. So I did some research to find out what are the signs of high nitrate levels, how to fix the nitrates in your fish tank if they do get high and how to avoid it ever getting to that point.

If your fish tanks nitrate level gets above 10-15 parts per million you should take immediate action to lower this back down. To do this you will want to change the water out but only a bit at a time in 2-hour intervals and slow the feeding of the fish until completed. You’re best not to go over 50 mg/l change per day and can buy strips to test this. read more

What is Popeye Disease In Fish?

I noticed a swelling around the eyes of my fish, and I started to get concerned. Then I saw a change in the color of their eyes and decided I needed to do some research. After a while, I figured they might be suffering from “pop eye” disease. But then I had more questions, starting with what is pop eye disease? Here I’ll explain everything I learned.

First, it is worth mentioning that certain species of fish may have “telescopic” eyes. Telescopic eyes may appear swollen or bloated, but that is normal. As with all advice about your pet, do your best to understand the situation before doing anything.  If your fish are exhibiting an usual swelling of the eyes, they might be suffering from “pop eye” disease.  read more

What is swim bladder disease in aquarium fish? How to Prevent it?

If your fish doesn’t seem to know whether it wants to sink or float, it may be suffering from a swim bladder disease, or floating disease. Japanese fishermen called this disease of floating tenpuku, which means capsized. A very appropriate name for the poor fish’s condition. The swim bladder is an organ in bony fish, like goldfish and Betta. This gas-filled organ mainly helps fish float, as well as hear and communicate, so damage to this organ can be life-threatening.

Some fish are born with a malformed swim bladder. An example of this is fancy goldfish. Their body shape often leads to the disease. Other fish develop the disease through digestive problems such as how or what they eat. These issues revolve around trapped gas interfering with the fish’s ability to float.  read more

How Long To Wait Before Adding Fish To A New Aquarium?

Starting a new aquarium is exciting. Finding a great tank, colorful gravel and plants, and so many other fun things to add can be enjoyable. Watching fish swim with all their bright colors makes for an entertaining hobby. Like most of us, we can’t wait to see fish swimming in the new aquarium. But, once we’ve purchased our tank and supplies, how long to wait before adding the fish?

Don’t add them right away, you will need a little patience. But, it’s not as long as you may think. You are going to need to make sure that the water and temperature settle to make a safe environment for your fish. These are easy to do. You can expect to add your first fish in about two days. read more

Fish Lifespan – How Long Do Fish Live?

Buying or adopting a pet is nearly the same thing as entering a long-term relationship. Every pet owner anticipates year after year of companionship, appreciation, and caretaking. Fish keepers are no different than the owners of cats and dogs in this regard. Whether peering through the glass at a pet store, or browsing the internet and looking at photos of different aquatic species, we all imagine the daily routine of feeding and tank care. These tasks allow us to appreciate each day we have with our pets. read more