Siamese Fighting Fish Diseases
Betta Splendens (Siamese Fighting Fish) are members of the bony fish (class Teleostei), and the class
They are well known as Siamese fighting fish, which are the most common Betta fish that you will see in pet
stores. They mainly come from Thailand and the nearby islands of South East Asia.
Pic of Siamese Fish Ich disease
Siamese Fighting Fish Diseases and Treatment:
Siamese fish fall ill due to intolerable temperatures, chemicals, or diseases. Hence, Siamese fish need regular
supervision, especially after a change of water, introduction of new fish, faulty heater, fluctuating temperatures
and over feeding.
Siamese fighting fish require a temperature of 75-80°F (24-27°C) to survive. Increase in the temperature reduces
oxygen levels in water. This can cause irreversible tissue damage in them. Cold temperature makes the fish
lethargic and may gradually depress their immune system.
Fish viruses have been studied extensively in fish grown for food or sport, but rarely in aquarium fish. These
viruses are so dangerous that they are directly attached to the host’s DNA. This then takes over the protein-making
Antiviral drugs are not available yet. All we can do to avoid such infections is by using quarantine, and
minimize stresses from all causes.
Lymphocystis is also a virus, which infects fish stressed by capture or shipping. There are 35 major groups of
bacteria, from giants associated with deep-sea to specialized forms related to fungi. Some bacteria cause disease
in stressed siamese fish. Some require a large dose to initiate infection, while others require only a few
A water change and improved conditions can end an epidemic by allowing the fish’s immune system to recover.
Antibiotics and antimicrobials are used to fight against a number of diseases in Siamese Fish. Some antibiotics and
antimicrobials can be put in the water, whereas others need to be mixed with the food to get inside the gut, blood
or the lymph of siamese fighting fish. Certain antibiotics and antimicrobials can only be injected.
Pic of Bloating in Siamese Fish
Save your Siamese Fighting Fish from Illness
If you are a Siamese fish lover, then you ought to always keep a close watch on your Siamese fish for any
symptoms of sickness. You need to always check, if your Siamese is eating properly or not. If the infected Siamese
fish spits out its food, it may not be active as it was before, or is running into anything (gravel, rocks, etc) to
scratch itself, looks pale, color is dull, may turn gray. At such times, you need to understand that it is
suffering from some kind of uneasiness.
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