What Exactly Is Stress In Fish?

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In treating my betta with medication for fin rot, the bottle states that it is ok to use a certain amount as long as the fish doesn't show stress.

How do I know if the fish is stressed? What behaviors should I look for?

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Stress can present in many ways. Here are a few:
1. Glass surfing - swimmmg rapidly up and down the glass
2. The fish hides in a corner or somewhere else which is not typical behavior of this said fish.
3. Loss of color, ie. pale looking
4. Not eating
5. Thin/malnourished looking (May be from being bullied and constantly chased or sickness).

Any sick fish is dealing with some stress, so the instructions are a bit misleading. Pristine water is a great elixir too when dealing with things like fin rot or other diseases.
 

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sloughdog said:
Stress can present in many ways. Here are a few:
1. Glad surfing - summing rapidly up and down the glass
2. The fish hides in a corner or somewhere else which is not typical behavior of this said fish.
3. Loss of color, ie. pale looking
4. Not eating
5. Thin/malnourished looking (May be from being bullied and constantly chased or sickness).

Any sick fish is dealing with some stress, so the instructions are a bit misleading. Pristine water is a great elixir too when dealing with things like fin rot or other diseases.
Sometimes I see my Oscar glad surfing when I come near the tank. So what does it mean ?? Also when I come near the fish it comes to the surface and starts looking for food. Is it also stress ?? And sometimes it follows my hand when I move it here and there.
 

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sloughdog said:
Stress can present in many ways. Here are a few:
1. Glad surfing - summing rapidly up and down the glass
2. The fish hides in a corner or somewhere else which is not typical behavior of this said fish.
3. Loss of color, ie. pale looking
4. Not eating
5. Thin/malnourished looking (May be from being bullied and constantly chased or sickness).

Any sick fish is dealing with some stress, so the instructions are a bit misleading. Pristine water is a great elixir too when dealing with things like fin rot or other diseases.
Amen! It's amazing how quickly fins heal up with daily water changes. One of my black skirts has been my water meter for years...when she starts to get raged on her tails fin I know I need to step up my water changes...no med's ever needed.
 

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Hi! If I haven't said it already, welcome to FishLore!
This is a great question and as are the replies. Not all symptoms of stress are outward. Some we cannot see.

Here is a more in depth article about fish stress
Circular 919/FA005: Stress?Its Role in Fish Disease

Hope your fish gets better.
 

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Puppy said:
Sometimes I see my Oscar glad surfing when I come near the tank. So what does it mean ?? Also when I come near the fish it comes to the surface and starts looking for food. Is it also stress ?? And sometimes it follows my hand when I move it here and there.
Stupid autocorrect! Edits made.
Glass surfing when you’re near the tank is likely excitement due to the association of food, attention, etc. The glass surfing I’m referring to is very rapid and haphazard.
 

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Rose of Sharon said:
In treating my betta with medication for fin rot, the bottle states that it is ok to use a certain amount as long as the fish doesn't show stress.

How do I know if the fish is stressed? What behaviors should I look for?

Thanks!
What is the medication? Melafix or Betafix?
 

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sloughdog said:
Stupid autocorrect! Edits made.
Glass surfing when you’re near the tank is likely excitement due to the association of food, attention, etc. The glass surfing I’m referring to is very rapid and haphazard.
Ya that is what I wanted to confirm!!!
Thank you.
 
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Momgoose56 said:
What is the medication? Melafix or Betafix?
I am treating my betta with paraguard and stressguard; On a different thread, someone also recommended using Indian almond leaves. I recently bought some and have incorporated that into my tank.

I am also changing about 50% of the water daily except for the days that I vacuum. On those days, I change about 90%. I have a small tank.
 
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sloughdog said:
Stress can present in many ways. Here are a few:
1. Glass surfing - swimmmg rapidly up and down the glass
2. The fish hides in a corner or somewhere else which is not typical behavior of this said fish.
3. Loss of color, ie. pale looking
4. Not eating
5. Thin/malnourished looking (May be from being bullied and constantly chased or sickness).

Any sick fish is dealing with some stress, so the instructions are a bit misleading. Pristine water is a great elixir too when dealing with things like fin rot or other diseases.


Thank you for this list. My fish is very energetic, and he has the propensity to be hyper on a daily basis. This list helps!
 
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Lucy said:
Hi! If I haven't said it already, welcome to FishLore!
This is a great question and as are the replies. Not all symptoms of stress are outward. Some we cannot see.

Here is a more in depth article about fish stress
Circular 919/FA005: Stress?Its Role in Fish Disease

Hope your fish gets better.
Thanks for the link and the well-wishes! I think he is on the mend!

Thank you all for your help and comments. When I bought my betta, he already had issues because he had been sitting on a store shelf for about a week in a very small cup and very cold, dirty water. Even though he was in a miserable state, he reacted positively to me. I really want to get him healthy and give him a good life!
 

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