Betta Fish Poop 21 Things You Should Know | Diseases

You may find it silly to keep checking betta fish poop regularly. But constant inspection of poop can help you find any diseases your betta fish has, and poop is the first matter you should care about.

Just like us human beings, Betta fish also have a gastrointestinal system. Pooping is considered the only way to remove food waste from their body. Healthy bettas usually have regular bowel moments while others have abnormal-sized odd-colored poop.

The Siamese fighting fish, known as Betta fish is first discovered in paddy fields in Southeast Asia.  Betta is a labyrinth fish that can survive for short periods of time out of water. Bettas can live in small spaces and low-quality water.

Betta Fish Poop 21 Things You Should Know

However, they do best in small aquariums of at least two gallons and regular water changes. Bettas have upturned mouths to feed on water’s surface. They need a diet high in protein and fiber to survive. An excellent combination of food diets is dried bloodworms, brine shrimp, or Daphnia.

Commercial betta food consists of all the nutrition they need. Feeding with commercial betta food improves the brilliant coloring and longevity of betta fish. Although Bettas can adapt to low water qualities, they prefer slightly acidic (pH 6.5 to 7) and warm (76-82 degrees F) water.

Do Betta Fish Poop?

Yes. Betta fish poop. Like everyone else, Betta fish also have a bladder system that makes it essential to poop to eliminate food waste. They have a small opening in front of the anal fin to relieve.

As they are too small, you may not notice at all.  Many bettas go to private places to poop. The only sure-find way of finding out bettas poop is noticing poop waste on the bottom of your tank.

They may look like uneaten food but don’t worry. They are betta fish poop piled up in days.

How Often Do Betta Fish Poop?

When you feed betta fish regularly in small quantities, they will poop regularly.

If they refuse to eat food, are constipated, or sick, betta fish bowel movements’ persistence may change.

As their stomach is too small, you only need to feed 2 to 4 pellets per day. If you feed more than that, they will have digestive problems.

Normal betta fish poops are brown or tan in color, round, and relatively small.

They may also have a tint of red color because of food coloring. You may sometimes mistake them for leftover foods.

Is It Normal For Fish To Have Long Poop?

Long poops are normal if they are in their usual color and fall after a minute or two. If the poo is hanging out in the anus for longer than several minutes and the color is odd, the fish may be sick.

When you see long poop hanging from its body, you should observe your fish more closely. While longer poop is normal for many fish, a color change can explain which illness they may have.

Some recommend fasting fish for a day or two to get rid of long poop; however, some illnesses need food to recover.

So, you should see a veterinarian if you see any abnormal colored long poop.

How To Clean Betta Fish Poop

One way to clean betta fish poop is to cleaning the tank. Cleaning the tank is a long process that will take time, and you should be careful not to remove betta fish from the tank in the whole process.

The quick solution is using a gravel vacuum. Vacuuming the sand works quite well if it is done regularly.

Using an air stone or a power head would be another brilliant solution. These gears will blow and stir the sand, which has more debris.

The fish waste keeps floating because of the current they produce. Then the filter sucks the waste to keep the tank clean.

What Does A Betta Fish Poop Look Like

Normal betta fish poo looks round and brown or tan. If you detect white or yellow poop, take the fish to the vet as yellow and white poops are a sign of sick fish.

What Color Should Betta Fish Poop Be?

Betta fish poop can be brown, tan, yellow, or white. Brown and tan colors are considered healthy fish poop, while white and yellow poops observe unhealthy fish. Sometimes, fish poop can have shades of red color due to fish food colorings.

Betta Poop Red – Should You Concern About Red Betta Poop?

No and Yes. Sometimes betta fish poops have a tint of red color if they eat solid commercial betta food.

Commercial food is made with food colorings, and bettas digestive system doesn’t absorb the color.

The colorings leave Betta’s body through fish poop; hence they get red color markings.

However, if you see more than one string of red color poop hanging in the anus, that is because of Camallanus Worms. You should consult a veterinarian in that case.

Betta Poop White

You should be concerned when your Betta poops in white color. Long, white and stringy poo may be a sign of intestinal parasites.

Although it is rare among fish bred in captivity, you may find it easy to detect parasitic long white poop.

Parasite infected white poops imitate dancing against water current. That is a clear sign of infected worms. If the poops are thin, stringy, and white, that is due to starving.

Your fish may have no food over the past few days and may not have anything to digest.

This starving may be due to an illness or maybe because fish is bored with the same food.

Check if changing the food increase git’s appetite or else show it to the veterinarian.

Betta Fish Poop Black

Black color Betta fish poop is usually not a matter of concern. The food you offer can be a primary factor in changing the color of fish poop.

Depending on the food, betta fish poo can be tan, brown, reddish, or black.

Betta Fish Yellow Poop

Betta fish poops in yellow color if they are constipated or have other digestive distress or a parasitic infection like Camallanus worms.

Betta fish yellow poop is a clear sign that your fish is sick. Try feeding veggies like peeled green peas first.

If that doesn’t treat the problem, you’ll have to feed them anti-parasite food.

Betta Parasite Poop

Betta parasite poop looks white or yellow and sometimes in red (like a pom-pom.) If you happen to see stringy, long poop that stays in the anus for more than two to three minutes and they are yellow, white, or red-colored, it’s better to take your fish to a veterinarian.

Discolored Or Stringy Poop

The expected healthy betta fish poop color is tan or brown.

Yellow, white or red color poops are abnormal or discolored.

It’s better to observe your fish if they poop discolored poops. Stringy poop is an absolute fact that your fish is sick.

What Can I Predict From Betta Fish Poo Color

Betta fish poop is the first odd thing you’ll see in a sick fish. When your fish is sick, it’ll poop in odd colors. If left untreated, you may lose your pet. So, checking on fish poop is vital in keeping betta fish.

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Betta Fish Poop White Stringy

White, thin, and stringy betta fish poop reveals the starvation of betta fish.

They may have lost appetite. Change the food and see if they eat different food. If not, that’s a thing to be concerned.

White, long, and stringy fish poop indicates intestinal parasites.

Why Betta Fish Not Pooping

Betta fish doesn’t poo when they suffer from constipation. Other symptoms of constipation are bloated stomach and lethargy.

This constipation occurs when you overfeed your betta fish. Betts only need about four pellets maximum per day.

Their gastrointestinal system is the size of their eye, so they need lesser food.

Due to their natural instincts, they tend to eat as much as they find in their environment.

So, if you feed more, they will eat all of them. Eating more food will upset their digestive system and cause constipation.

How Do You Fix A Constipated Betta Fish? (How To Help A Constipated Betta)

Follow these steps to help heal the constipation of Betta fish.

  • Ensure keeping water temperature between 76-81 Fahrenheit.
  • Don’t feed your fish for up to 3 days, and check when it poops.
  • Place another betta or a mirror to encourage your fish to flare. They often poop when flaring.
  • If the above steps don’t help, try feeding them peeled green peas. It should poop within 24 hours.
  • If your betta fish refuses green peas, try feeding it thawed Daphnia.

You can feed peeled green peas once every week to avoid constipation.

Can A Betta Die From Constipation?

Although constipation is common in Betta fish, it is not a fatal disease.

However, constipation’s side effects lead to more severe diseases that can be fatal to your pet. Prevention constipation by providing a balanced and varied diet is the better solution.

How To Make A Betta Fish Poop

If you have a picky betta that refuses food often, try feeding them live foods such as brine shrimp or freeze-dried foods such as bloodworms.

But, if you have a constipated betta try the steps given above. If bettas eat balanced food in smaller quantities daily, they usually don’t get constipated.

A healthier digestive system ensures regular betta fish poop.

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Do Betta Fish Poop Out Of Their Mouths?

Betta fish poop from their butt, not from their mouth. If they spit out anything from their mouth, they are inedible things they explore while swimming.

For example, they eat sand and shell bits finding they are interesting enough to eat.

And then they realize that sand and eggshells are not edible. So, they spit them out.

Do Betta Fish Poop Blood

Betta fish may poo bloody mucus. But, it is rare and can be fatal. Coccidia, a parasitic infection, is the possible cause of bloody stools of betta fish.

If you find your fish poop has blood, go to a vet immediately.

Does Betta Fish Poop Float

Normal betta poop should sink to the bottom of the tank. If betta fish poop floats, it may be due to intestinal parasite infection.

Another possible cause is a high protein diet in Betta fish.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Chamika. I am a Researcher in Water quality, Aquatic organisms, and Environmental chemistry. I am a passionate fish keeper, with10 years of experience. My mission is to help other aquarists experience the joy of fish keeping.