Betta Over-Feeding

Betta Over-Feeding

It's an unfortunate event when one of these shows up on our service. A tiny betta with a large lump on their belly. Of the follow differentials, none of them are any good: over-feeding, Mycobacteria or a tumor. Sometimes, if a fish is cooperative, we can do a quick ultrasound and get a clearer picture. [...]

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How long do betta fish live?

If your betta’s home is in a bowl, you can expect a shortened life span. Any fish living in a bowl is in an environment unfit for long-term survival. The best environment for a long-lived, healthy betta is a minimum 5-gallon tank with a filter and a heater. Yes, bettas are tropical and NEED A [...]

Fish Bowl Syndrome

A common problem we see, especially in betta fish, is known as Fish Bowl Syndrome. Essentially, it can be broken down into one main issue: Your fish is in a bowl. Problem #1: Your fish has no filtration for processing of dangerous ammonia waste. Without a place for bacteria to grow and filter the water, [...]

Q & A with Fish Veterinarian

Q & A with Fish Veterinarian

Q & A with a Fish Veterinarian We had a chance to sit down with Dr. Jessie Sanders, chief veterinarian at Aquatic Veterinary Services of Northern California, to ask her a little about her job and career. Q: Why did you want to be a fish veterinarian? JS: I have always had a deep love [...]

Fish of the Week: Betta Fish

Betta fish (Betta splendens) Also known as Siamese fighting fish, betta fish are a common pet fish. The males are known for being very aggressive towards other males and other combative fish; however, females are able to cohabitate peacefully. Do not combine male and female betta fish! Beta fish come in a variety of bright [...]