Log in or Sign up. Aquarium Fish Forum. When I first got him he was a little shy and then after 2 days he started swimming around exploring everything.
When ammonia builds up too much your betta could begin suffering from ammonia poisoning, which can quickly become fatal. Also if another chemical has accidentally been introduced into your tank then it could also be damaging your betta. On the other hand, if you have a filter you may notice your betta stays at the bottom of his tank as well.
So, I got a new betta today for my 15 gallon tank probably a bit less since there's plants, decorations, a filter, and of course the water level doesn't reach the very rim of the tank. When I added him, he had a little swim around and a look at the cherry shrimp in there with him but then made his way to the bottom and hasn't really moved. He has plenty of hiding space and I've turned the lights down for today until he gets comfortable, and he's been hiding away under his log for a lot of the time.
Eric is an aquarium enthusiast with over two decades of experience caring for a wide array of tropical fish. Betta fish are easy to care for, but they have some special requirements due to their behaviors. They are colorful fish, both fierce and fragile. While they are among the most popular aquarium fish the the world, they are also one of the most misunderstood.
Aqua Life Tips. A healthy betta needs its personal space, frequent water changes, and a properly diversified diet. As they enjoy having privacy, In many cases a simple decor upgrade will take care of the issue, but not always.
Show less Bettas exhibit many signs of sickness, from lethargy to white spots. Any time you suspect a betta is sick, you should take it away from other fish, since many illnesses are contagious.
My betta fish doesn't normally sleep on the bottom of his tank but he is right now and doesn't respond to me lightly tapping the tank or moving it. He looks perfectly healthy. I just want to make sure he's okay.