Why Is My Betta Pale & Not Swimming?

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Betta fish don't actually swim around very much, so just because yours isn't swimming isn't necessarily a sign for concern. Find out why your Betta is pale and not swimming with help from a dynamic, holistic and conventional veterinarian in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Jena Questen with Drquesten.com and I'm a veterinarian and I have a special interest in fish medicine and recently somebody asked me about a beta fish that was pale and not swimming. Well first of all it's pretty normal for a beta fish to not swim around too much. It's certainly not normal for them to be pale. It would be helpful for a veterinarian to know is this something that's been coming on very suddenly or has this been going on for a long time, that would be helpful to determine what could be causing that. Something that could be going on is a fungus actually growing on the outside of the fish or it could be that the fish is just sick from something going on internally or it could be the fish is having trouble adjusting to new water quality parameters such as if you've just done a water change and the temperature is very different, something like that could also cause the fish to become pale and a little lethargic and not swim around so much. So my suggestion would be to definitely check your water quality, make sure your ammonia and your nitrites are 0. If those things are normal then just give the fish a little bit of time and see if he comes out of it and if not, definitely consult with an aquatic's veterinarian such as myself who can help you determine what's going on with your beta fish and hopefully help restore his good health so that he has many more years of life with you. On that note, I'm Dr. Q. and the rest is up to you. Thanks for stopping by today.

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