Sea Shell + Small Betta = Death

Debbie1986

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So weird. I place a small shell in tank . It was one of a few spiral shells ( most were flat) an it ended up open side up somehow. I came home from work today and found a dead female Betta. She managed to fit herself in it & get stuck.

I figured she was dead because no tail movement when I picked up shell, but I gently took a hammer & cracked the shell ( surprisingly strong) and removed her body. I had purchased the shells because my snails 2 months ago had shell issues & I needed a calcium source. These were leftovers tossed in to just add interest. I never once thought a fish would try to fit in and get caught! Poor baby. I feel so bad. She was a dark purple Crowntail & very pretty.

My only pic is out of focus. Juvenile female Betta

Baby
 

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Bettas are curious fish and will try to wedge themselves into things that they can't fit into so everything should be carefully considered before added into the tank.
 
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Thank you both. Looking back it seems obvious issue but pure thoughtless on my part.

On a good note,the halfmoon is doing better, getting a bit larger & slightly less shy. So there's progress. leaving this tank at 4 females because there seems to be harmony and no need to stress them in a new tank. I figure once the Featherfin catfish out grows the 29 gallon ( next 6 -8 months) , I'll move them in there for long term. Right now, they're very small & good as is.
 

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Debbie1986 said:
So weird. I place a small shell in tank . It was one of a few spiral shells ( most were flat) an it ended up open side up somehow. I came home from work today and found a dead female Betta. She managed to fit herself in it & get stuck.

I figured she was dead because no tail movement when I picked up shell, but I gently took a hammer & cracked the shell ( surprisingly strong) and removed her body. I had purchased the shells because my snails 2 months ago had shell issues & I needed a calcium source. These were leftovers tossed in to just add interest. I never once thought a fish would try to fit in and get caught! Poor baby. I feel so bad. She was a dark purple Crowntail & very pretty.

My only pic is out of focus. Juvenile female Betta

Baby
Sorry to hear that.
 

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