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Why is my pet Betta Fish always floating to the top?

She seems happy. But, she doesn't swim, she floats? I feed her very little... just one or two little pellets every other day, so I don't think I'm overfeeding her. Is this just a chronic condition?

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cindycindy

Asked by cindycindy at 12:31 PM on Apr. 7, 2009 in Pets

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  • check your water conditions.... PH, Nitrates etc... most pet stores will do it for free just take in a sample of your water
    Wildkitten82

    Answer by Wildkitten82 at 12:32 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • Mine did that. I had two of them and I would think they were dead but no, they just sit there. One did die two years later though. I don't know why.
    Dayija

    Answer by Dayija at 12:33 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • are you sure you are feeding her enough? I feed mine once a day and like a pinch (i use the flakes) my fish just kinda floats around too sometimes. They say they like a "day and night" schedule. So i put my beta in the kitchen close to the window where its just that light during the day and dark at night.....it supposudly makes them happier
    luvsgriffin

    Answer by luvsgriffin at 12:34 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • Thanks Wild! I'll definitely check the water PH (i change the water once a week, but maybe I need to do it more often).

    Luvs, I read somewhere that you're not supposed to feed them everyday. But, I do give her a happy daytime/nightime environment. She goes to sleep when I do. It's cute.
    cindycindy

    Answer by cindycindy at 12:37 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • i feed mine once every 3-4 days..change the water like once a month..and hes as happy as can be..sometimes he does look like hes dead tho..always scares my daughter "MOMMY OSCARS DEAD!!!!!" but hes not...and we've had this fish for almost 2 years now
    alexis_06

    Answer by alexis_06 at 1:13 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • www.bettatalk.com
    This question was posed at:
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080805134402AAPRKUF

    blujeanlady62

    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 4:21 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • they actually breathe surface air...goldfish too. they live naturally i puddles, and take in the same oxygen we do...i don't know the whole science behind it, but thats y bettas and goldfish don't require air pumps
    yomamaporter

    Answer by yomamaporter at 10:13 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • Ours did that and she just died a week ago.
    momofsixangels

    Answer by momofsixangels at 2:01 AM on Apr. 12, 2009

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