Tail Looks Weird/ Growing Down

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by Kaylee, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. KayleeNew MemberMember

    I recently bought my Betta from petco in June as a baby and have kept him in a 5 gallon, heated and filtered tank. However, his tail seems to be growing oddly. The top part of his tail is folded and the bottom seems scrunched up. What is wrong? Is there anything I can do to help him?
     

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  2. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Might be the angle but he looks a bit bloated too.
     




  3. tunafaxWell Known MemberMember

    I'd be more concerned with the fact that he is very bloated.

    What do you feed him and what are his tank parameters?
     




  4. KayleeNew MemberMember

    5 gallons and bio gold Betta food
     
  5. tunafaxWell Known MemberMember

    how many pallets a day, and what are your ammonia/nitrate/nitrite readings?
     
  6. KayleeNew MemberMember

    meant to reply
     
  7. KayleeNew MemberMember

    Normally a pinch twice daily, and currently I am not sure.
     
  8. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Parameters are paramount for us, I suggest you get those figured out.
     
  9. tunafaxWell Known MemberMember

    A pinch?? Can you please take a "pinch" of how much you normally feed, drop it on a paper and count them out?
     
  10. KayleeNew MemberMember

    I'm assuming 5-10 normally. Depending what he eats within 2 mins as the food instructs.
     
  11. tunafaxWell Known MemberMember

    Twice a day? Oh dear. You are overfeeding by A LOT, then. You can only feed 4-6 pallets daily. For now, you shouldn't be feeding anything at all for the next day or two, that bloat needs to go down asap... is he having poops? For a good measure, feed him a piece of shelled cooked pea after you fast him for those two days.

    @ tail - I think it's growing funky because his body shouldn't be that shape. Genetics can also play a role, but in your case I think it's obvious what the problem is. A healthy betta should look like this:
     
    not like yours or the one in this pic:
     


    You can get your water tested for free at Petsmart, just bring them some and they will do it for you.
     
  12. KayleeNew MemberMember

    Thanks, I'll definitely do that. I didn't mean to over feed, the new food I bought states: "feed six pellets in the morning and six at night" so I just went with that.
     
  13. KayleeNew MemberMember

    Thanks, I'll definitely do that. I didn't mean to over feed, the new food I bought states: "feed six pellets in the morning and six at night" so I just went with that.
     
  14. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Sounds like a marketing scam to me. So you go through food faster and have to buy more. More money for the company,
     
  15. tunafaxWell Known MemberMember

    It's good business. The more you feed, the faster you will have to buy new food... and a new fish. :)

    See how he looks in a few days. Bettas that are prone to bloat do just fine on 2-3 pre-soaked pallets a day if that's the regiment that keeps the bloat down. Though we are not at that point yet.
     
  16. KayleeNew MemberMember

    Yeah, poor fish :(
     
  17. KayleeNew MemberMember

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    Thanks for the help! I'll keep an eye on his bloating.
     
  18. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Yep, seems like he should be an easy fix.
     
  19. jenag145Valued MemberMember

    Exactly what I would say too.
     
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