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Old 04-13-2013, 10:11 PM   #1 
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Swim bladder

So Anubis has swim bladder issues and he sinks and it's a real struggle to get up so I've lowered the water level and cut his feeding to half.
Tank is a 25 litre, 80F, eheim filter. Planted.been set up since April last year.

Came across this while researching and I got a question: 1 tsp is 1 teaspoon? I'm guessing.

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 04-13-2013, 10:41 PM   #2 
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Yes, tsp = teaspoon.

The advice you found looks fine. Epsom salt is a laxative (in people, as well as fish), so it will help relieve constipation, bloating and fluid retention. Using 1-2 teaspoons is a pretty common dosage.
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Don't feed him for 24 hours and give him a defrosted pea. It works as a laxative.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:18 AM   #4 
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I got that info here, just had a question to clear up. So I've put the salt in so we'll see what happens. He's still on the bottom and breathing heavy.
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