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Old 04-13-2013, 04:06 PM   #1 
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Bloated, please help!

Housing
What size is your tank? 10gal
What temperature is your tank? 78
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? 2 other males- divided

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega one pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day - 3 pellets

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? betta safe conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Not yet

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Bloated
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He swims fine, but I can't see him breathing.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? not yet
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)?1 year




Please help, what do I do? He's floating in a cup right now in his regular tank water. He's not clamped, but he prefers to rest at the surface.



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Old 04-13-2013, 04:15 PM   #2 
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To begin I would just fast him for a day to see if the bloating decreases. I would keep him in a hospital tank with nothing on the tank floor so you can see if he is pooping okay. Ideally he should be going at least 1/day. If everything clears up then he was probably just constipated if not we will diagnose further from there.
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:23 PM   #3 
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Yes, this is what I was thinking because of where he is bloated. It is not far up near his head like I've seen pictures of. It is located more towards his stomach.
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:54 PM   #4 
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+1 on 10asartin's advice. Fasting him for a day or two may be all you need to do. If he doesn't poop during this time, you can try adding some Epsom salt to his tank. (Let us know if this is the case, and someone can tell you how to add the Epsom salt, if you don't know this already.)

If you can put him into a shallow bowl or tank, that would be great. If you keep him in his cup, that's OK too - but you'll need to do more frequent water changes to keep the ammonia low.
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