In the store he was white...?
This means he has coloured up under your care. This is actually good news.
Don't worry too much. He has multiple colorations. There's blue, green and black. On his body there are traces of black. Most of the black is right now on his face.
Bettas can change...
He doesn't look sick to me but, as he's new, you always want to monitor new fish for any complication, and avoid any sickness or parasites from the store to be brought to your tanks.
He will also be still adjusting to his new enviroment. Give him some time, he should perk up and start eating...
Let's see, I think I have a story I can share
I have a small sorority, four girls in a planted 70 liter tank.
In the beginning they were 5. Mary jane was being bullied by the alpha, so heavily, that I had to separate them. I placed her in a community tank, with friendly fish who welcomed her...
This could just be recipy for disaster.. for the shrimps.
I had 5 little blue shrimps in my sorority tank when I started it. Wish I had known better. The shrimp lasted a week or 2 maybe. I saw my betta hunt them one by one. My tank is heavily planted. Your tank is gorgeous btw...
I feel very sorry for your betta. He looks very malnourished and in bad shape.
I also believe his symptoms are of toxins poisoning.
The first you'd need to do is to upgrade his tank to a bigger one, with a filter.
A filter holds house for the beneficial bacteria that you need to...
Unfortunately the damage is permanent..
We can only hope she will be alright.
Unless she starts developing any type of infection, yes water changes is the one way to go now. If she has internal infections then antibiotics would be needed.
But her belly is not inflamated so I don't think...
It looks to me that your tank was not cycled before you added your fish unfortunately. This means they were exposed to their own daily toxins for as long as the fish-in-cycle process lasted. This could have been the reason why you lost already 2 fish.
The symptoms you mention now for your betta...
New plants will need some time to settle in the tank. Some leaves can even die, when the plant was grown not totally submerged. Until it gets used to being under water, and new leaves grow, you'll have to wait a bit and trim the dead ones.
I'm not sure if that's fin nipping or fin rot.. but I have read that the best medicine for fin damage is clean water, meaning daily partial water changes, for around 2 weeks.
It does sound like a lot. But I assume the intention is to keep it clear from ammonia and any kind of toxin...
Oh, never change your filter media! By the time it will be breaking apart of old age, you will want to have a second filter as backup running in the tank.
No, never change it, don't try to replace it, as most of the beneficial bacteria will be living there.
Whenever you need to clean it, just...
Yes. Very important to keep a close eye on them. Given their shared past, this attempt could work out, or, it could as well so easily fail.
Look for the typical signs of agression. Continuous chasing, nipping, fin damage. When it gets too far, you need to separate them.
Have a cycled 5 gallon...
Do you know the water parameters of the tank?
Ph, gh, kh..?
When you first added him in the tank, how did you do it? Did you acclimate him? For how long..?
Also, what's the tank's temperature..?
The minimum size for a betta tank would be of 2.5 gallons. And this is still so small.
I wonder if your tanks were properly cycled before buying the fish? I mean if they were set up to build up the beneficial bacteria before the fish went in. These beneficial bacteria colonies, when...
I also have a planted tank, with nutritious soil + gravel. I also add fertilizers, once per week.
I think the grow process can be slow, so patience is required. Depends on which plants you have. Some might need a dosis of c02 to flourish properly.
I would add more plants already...
Hmm I have 2 micranthemum montecarlo, and the one touching the soil directly seems to be doing better than the one less in contact with my soil..
The difference is not very large but it is noticeable.
But I use liquid c02 and fertilizers weekly.
Boiled green vegetables are certainly a great option, especially because there is no other bioload they can consume. A blanched spinach e.g. is something they love. Depending on how big the spinach is, it could take them 2 days to finish it completely.
Shrimps certainly have a...
I think that if your tank is overcrowded, only once per week water changes won't be enough. This will bring stress to your fish, such as is happening now.
The best I would do is, to higher up the frequency of those water changes, to ensure there is no water quality issue. This...
Ohhh wow... Well this makes me think a lot about it now... I don't want any of my fish to be bullied! :-(
I can certainly consider rehoming one type of Cory and getting more of the other type.
My tank has plants and a couple of hiding places....
Please could you give a look at it and tell me...
Ohhh that honey gourami is so cute!
Well, this is bad news for me still, cause I really wanted the betta girls. What about 3 Bettas..? Wait I will check it on the aqadvisor just 1 sec
Okay I inserted my 3 skunk corys and my 3 sterbai corys and 5 female Bettas!! And it says it's okay!!!!!!???
Sorry I forgot to mention it!
70 liters, with 2 filters, aquaflow 200 and JBL i60
I already have the 3 skunk corys and the 3 sterbai corydoras waiting for a tank upgrade, how about I only get a couple of female Bettas..? How many would be okay...?
My tank is very planted...
I have this lovely new planted tank cycling and I'm very much looking forward to move there my beloved corydoras.
It's 3 skunk corys and 3 sterbai corys. I do know they need to be in a school of 4 minimum. But circumstances brought them to me and they have been together in one...
I'm planning on stocking my new 70 litter planted tank with my corydoras and probably a betta sorority, and a couple of synodontis. (Stocking advice needed too, but, first this question about the light..)
Sometimes I'm out of the city and until I get a couple of light timers, I need to manually...
I'm cycling this new tank, 70 litter volume, I have planted it with many lovely plants, and, I've been adding c02 and fertilizer so far (been maybe 3 weeks)
But I'm out of the city now, for a few days. I haven't got my light timer yet. So I turned off the light when leaving.
I'm Carmen, I live in Antwerp, a small city in Belgium. I got my first tank in April with a bunch of fish in it. Back then I had no idea about the nitrogen cycle!
Mistakes were made.. and hard lessons learned.. Unfortunately my lovely betta succumbed to dropsy in high nitrite...