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Old 09-01-2009, 04:13 PM   #1 
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I just bought a new betta today and i put him in his tank and he can't swim normally! he swims to the surface and turns side ways and swims to the bottom again. he swims on his side and i dont know what to do!! help mee
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:15 PM   #2 
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If he's floating on his side then its probably swimbladder disorder. Try fasting him for 2-3 days then feed him some daphnia, either frozen or freeze dried.
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:18 PM   #3 
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where can i get that? i dont think my locl pet store has it
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:21 PM   #4 
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You may have to order it online. I think drsfosterandsmith.com has it.
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:23 PM   #5 
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ok. do you think he will make it for a few days? oh and online it says to feeed him thawed pea's... is that a good idea?
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:25 PM   #6 
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should have, thawed, frozen, shelled, peas,are good to feed most fish for their digestion and to help prevent swim bladder, now and again( I give my cichlids them 2 times a week) also reduce the water level right down(but deep enough for fins not to touch the bottom) so he can get to the surface without struggling,to breathe,until improved, take a sample of water with you to the shop just to have it checked out

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Old 09-01-2009, 04:26 PM   #7 
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Bettas are carnivorous so daphnia would be better but in the meantime, you can try a bit of thawed pea, without the shell. One member here uses peas for hers sometimes and has had no problem with it.
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:27 PM   #8 
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ok. thanksss
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:34 PM   #9 
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yes the live food would be better if you can get it,you will have to ask, it goes out the same day its delivered here,we all know its fresh in on thursdays, peas can help though,
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:06 PM   #10 
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ok, my fish is officialy screwed up. so i lowered the water level and now he isn't swimming on his side. but now he is either hanging at the bottom of the tank motionless or stays at the top of the tank getting air every ten seconds. wht is wrong with him!?!?!?
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