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Old 01-11-2013, 09:32 PM   #11 
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Also my boyfriend loves this fish and he'll go into a depressive panic if it dies

He asked me to make that clear haha
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:33 PM   #12 
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Epsom salts draw out the excess fluids from the body, which is what's causing the problem to the swim bladder.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:33 PM   #13 
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Swim bladder alone is not deadly if treated and neither are internal parasites. Both are also treated easily.

It's important to remember that sometimes SBD is caused by other things...
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:33 PM   #14 
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By the way, thanks guys for answering me so fast. I appreciate it a lot!
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:36 PM   #15 
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You are welcome. I'd watch for poo. I like to use bare bottomed hospital tanks so it is easier to see the poo... If its normal, it's probably just SBD. This can be caused by overfeeding, as well... How often are you feeding her? What do you feed?
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:44 PM   #16 
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Make sure to acclimate slowly (it will lower your ph) and make sure it's pure 100% magnesium sulfate per the ingredients label. No dyes or perfumes of any kind. It does need to be predissolved and added slowly over an hour or more.

I've never needed more than 1/2tsp per gallon but people on these forums like to use a lot more.

What color is your betta's poop? What the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels of the water? More info will make sure we're not missing anything: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:44 PM   #17 
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I know it was from either over feeding or not soaking the food long enough. Shes flaring a little bit randomly. So dissolve salts in water over a course of an hour? And then acclimate her. Is that it for now?
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:54 PM   #18 
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Predissolve all the salts (like in a cup), then add the mixture to her tank slowly over an hour. You can't put undissolved salts in with her at any time.

You shouldn't need to soak food unless it's freeze dried and that shouldn't be a staple. I really hope you give us more info.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:58 PM   #19 
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The pellets bloat her so I've had to start to soak them for her. I alternate between pellets and frozen. Today was frozen brine shrimp day so she probably ate more than her share. Shes in a sorority. I'm dissolving the salts in her hospital tank and then when it s all done I was going to spoon Epsom solution in her cup to acclimate her and then add her in (this is how I've been told to do it in the past) but if your way is a better safer way please let me know. Currently Epsom salt is dissolving in a cup
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