Betta Blues

Posted 2010.04.12 14.46 in Aquaria by Stephanie

I’m worried for Alpha the Betta. Saturday evening he wasn’t interested in his noms, but I figured that he was still upset about the regular cleaning – gravel vacuuming and all that, it can be disruptive. Then Sunday he still wasn’t interested in food, but I didn’t really put it together.

This morning though, when he still wasn’t interested in eating, I realized there must be something up. Closer inspection revealed he was a bit bloated. Now this afternoon I can see he’s more bloated, with some ‘pineconing’ around the front 1/4 of his body.

He’s been very healthy and always eaten like crazy, and he’s huge – like almost 3 inches long, not including tail or anything, just the meaty fishy part is that big. So having him suddenly go like this is disconcerting.

Everything I’ve ready says it’s ‘dropsy’ which is more or less utterly fatal, so now it’s just a matter of watching and hoping.

Poor guy.


  1. Lezley says:

    That’s why I don’t like aquariums… it’s the sudden and for no discernible reason, the fish die. I hate that. Despite all your best efforts…

    I prefer mammals – they tend to give ample warning and at least some idea of the problem before they die.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Well, he did give warning before he died – he got sick and stopped eating. Snails do too, if you’re paying attention. They slow down and stop eating, sometimes they curl up in the snetal position, beore they die. The bigger challenge is sometimes you can’t tell if they’re dead, sleeping, or just being shy.

    About a month after Alpha died, I got a replacement, whom I named Beta. Beta is much prettier, though he’s very small.

    Of course, I like my mammals too – all cute and cuddly and furry and purry. 🙂

  3. Stephanie says:

    p.s. – snailies and fishies have never barfed on my bed, not even once. 🙂

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