Betta may be dying-strange white film on top of water
I think our Betta is dying. Bluel's water has been developing this strange white film on top for the last few weeks. I keep changing the water and it comes back. Nothing has changed in his environment. Today, I noticed that he is spending his time lying on the bottom. Experience tells me this is probably his final day or so. He can still swim but sinks back down. Still, I'd like to know what this stuff is to avoid this issue with our next fish. Also, would anyone recommend any additives?
Right now we keep him in a 1 gal tank with glass stones and a castle to hide in. We use bottled water and I usually change his water 100% every week or two. We feed him about three pellets of food per day. Most of our past Bettas have lived 1-2 years. Bluel is not quite 2.
Any advice would be appreciated.
I will post pics of this white substance if needed. :cry:
Perform a 50% water change and ty to siphon the film off. The film is caused by contaminates in the house.
this happened with my fish too! it really helps to have a cover on your tank, since when i got a cover it stopped.. and maybe the water is too cold for the betta? what temp is it? mine stayed at the bottom a lot until i kept the water around 70F
This isn't relating the the white film, but to the general wllbeing of your fish:
Don't perform 100% water changes. Smaller changes more often are much more effective. Instead perform 20-25% water changes twice a week. 100% waqter changes will kill off most of the good bacteria in the tank and the tank will continually be going through a mini-cycle.
when your doing your 20-25% water changes, do you use one of those siphon tubes to clean the old food and stuff off the bottom? is that a good thing to do?
I usually perform a 25% water change on my 10gal once a week. When I do this I try to siphon a lot of the nasty things that have built up out of the gravel. I have five corydras in with my betta and he seems to like them. They help keep the tank clean!
Use a siphon yo remove waste from the bottom when you do your changes. If you don't have gravel then it will come up easily and if you do then a pumping motion into the gravel will get asll the waste up from inbetween the gravel.
In a 1 gal. tank, you can use a turkey baster to siphon the bottom. I used one all the time to clean the gravel in my 2 gal. (now retired since I've upgraded to a free 5 gal. tank -- and when I can get my hands on a 10 gal. I'm upgrading him again! LOL)
A cover for a tank would probably help a bit.
My first betta lived for 3 years in a covered tank that was probably 2 or 3 gallons. My second one died within a few days because I had an open bowl, and the water was freezing. I just got my third one, and I put him in the bowl for a day or so. He was very in-active, and was not eating. I switched him into my communtity tank, and he is doing a lot better.
For future use, get a covered tank, and make sure the water does not fall below 75 degrees.
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