Betta Fish Illness – How Can You Tell If Your Fish Has Been Stricken With an Illness?

How can you tell if your fish has been stricken with a betta fish illness?

– Your betta is mostly docile and inactive

– Your betta is unresponsive to stimuli

– Your betta's body shows signs of deterioration, discoloration, uneven skin texture, ruptured fins, or even bloating.

– Your betta is not interested in food.

What are some examples of betta fish illness?

Fungal Infection – Patches of white on the body or on the head, along with discolored fins and tail. The fish may be less active than usual, eating very little, if at all.

Tail / Fin Rot – The betta's fins and / or tail appear to be getting shorter in length, falling apart, losing their luster, or deteriorating altogether.

Ick – A parasite found in frozen live food. Your fish will end up with white dots all over the body head, and even the eyes. Your fish will be less active, stop eating. Due to the itchiness of the dots, your fish may dart about the tank and scratch itself against rocks, plants, or anything else that can provide it with relief.

Popeye – A bacterial infection, usually due to poor water condition, causing the fish's eyes to bulge out, usually a symptom of internal infections.

Dropsy – Your betta fish's scales are raised up, giving your fish a "pine cone" look. Usually caused by bacteria transmitted through feeding your fish live worms.

Swim Bladder Disorder – Your betta's underbelly is swollen, usually caused by overfeeding.