Why Bettas Need to Rest

Why Bettas Need to Rest

Most fish don't have to work very hard to swim. Their streamlined bodies and powerful tails allow them effortless propulsion through the water column. But what if your tail is mostly just for show, like a betta? It's the equivalent to trying to swim in a ballgown. For all of you out there who can [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]