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Old 04-27-2012, 03:18 PM   #1 
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Something wrong with Hannibal

So it has come to my attention that Hannibal is a Big Ear. Something seems very off with him today...

Housing
What size is your tank? - 3.5 gal
What temperature is your tank? - 78*F
Does your tank have a filter? - Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? - No
Is your tank heated? - Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? - None.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? NLS pellets with frozen blood worms and frozen daphnia as treats.
How often do you feed your betta fish? - Twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening with one fasting day a week (Wed).

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? - Once to twice a week. I check the water params often.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? - 50% to 75%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? - Tested them a little over an hour ago and didn't write them down because it tested normal.

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? - No
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? - Seems to be having trouble swimming. Not as active as he usually is.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? - This morning.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? - No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? - Bought him with fin rot.
How old is your fish (approximately)? - Not sure. He's rather big and was fully grown when we bought him back in January.


For those of you who don't know Hannibal, it is very unlike him to not be active. When I went to his tank, he didn't greet me or wiggle which is very out of the norm for him. He's always been very active and has interacted with me all the time. I'm unsure if this is just a problem brought on by him being a Big Ear or if he might just be getting "old".
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:19 PM   #2 
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We need specific water readings....



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Swim Bladder Disease (SBD)/Bloat
•Symptoms: Betta has trouble swimming, maybe he can’t stay upright and can only swim on his side.
•Treatment: This is not a contagious or fatal illness. If it isn’t congenital (aka a condition that he/she has had since birth), then it is caused by over feeding or feeding the wrong foods. Bettas will typically recover after a day or two of Epsom Salt treatments (1-2tsp/gal) and fasting. You can help prevent a reoccurrence by switching to a better pellet food, feeding less and offering a more varied diet. To make it easier for the betta to eat and breath, you can make the water shallower. You can offer him/her frozen daphnia (sold at Petsmart) as daphnia will help him/her pass stool. DO NOT FEED THEM PEAS.

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Old 04-27-2012, 04:37 PM   #3 
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The ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, and alkalinity were all in normal/safe ranges. The water is a little soft.

He has no trouble staying upright and he swims normally, it just looks like he's having to work harder at swimming than he usually does.
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:39 PM   #4 
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Please provide exact information. "fine" isn't good enough. Most people think that .25 ppm is "fine" while it's not. And struggling to swim can be an early on symptom of swim bladder. Do you have any pictures?
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