You can take a lot of pride in a Betta fish if it is of sound health. The problem begins to brew when it gets diseased. Too many factors weigh in while deciding the health of your Betta fish; the atmosphere of a tank, its pH level, its temperature gradient, water purity and of course, any preexisting or congenital illness in the specie.
If you find that your fish is turning lethargic or it is lacking energy to come up to the tank surface, you should catch a hint that something is not very sound with your Betta. To add, if its appetite gets disturbed and it begins to develop red grills around its body, you must consult an expert without wasting any time. Betta fish diseases may not sound like a big thing but they certainly take the sting out of your loved pet.
Fungal infection is one of the most common threats to your Betta. It develops white cotton like lumps all over its head and upper body part. Most often, this symptom comes with a rapid discoloration of its skin and scales and a strong fall of its appetite. The Betta also becomes quite lazy and abhors to come up to the surface on such occasions. If you find it speeding towards rocks and plants in an aquarium and creating gashes and scratches on their surface, you may even get your pet checked for ICK disease.
If you have heard about the cartoon character Popeye, you must know about the Popeye disease in a Betta fish. Yes, just as you thought, the malady causes both the eyes of your fish to bulge out considerably. In a short duration, the bulge becomes rather scary.
Dropsy is one of the most lethal diseases your Betta can suffer from. Its symptoms often develop fatal complications and does not give your pet too much of a chance. A Betta suffering from Dropsy is likely to exhibit a protruded belly region and sharply raised scales. If the scales develop lesions and rashes, you should begin harboring the worst thoughts for your loved Betta.