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Old 02-09-2010, 06:06 PM   #11 
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It sounds to me like he might have injured his swim bladder when he jumped out of the tank, given the location of the swelling and the issues he's having with buoyancy. The swim bladder is an internal, gas filled organ that fish use to control their buoyancy by adjusting the gasses within the swim bladder. It can be injured and/or rupture as a result of physical trauma, such as a fight or a fall.

The swim bladder is a fairly large organ relative the fish, and stretches down the last 2/3rds of a betta's body, parallel to the spine. Here's a link to a diagram of a betta's internal organs, showing the swim bladder:

http://www.bettaparadise.co.uk/fpdb/...my_Diagram.jpg

Here's an article that discusses swim bladder disease, which sounds like the problem that your betta is having. Note that swim bladder disease can be caused by injury and constipation as well as bacterial infections, which are less common.

http://www.petfish.net/articles/Bett...dder_betta.php

Since the betta is eating and behaving normally other than the swelling and floating issues, I'd continue to feed him so that he has the energy to heal any damage to his swim bladder and inner tissues. Epsom salt might be a good idea to lessen any swelling. Do NOT use aquarium salt though, as that will make swelling worse. Here's an article that talks about dropsy in fish, and some things that can be done to reduce swelling, as well as the specific dosing for Epsom salt:

http://www.healthybetta.com/fish-dropsy

The fish may be able to heal a swim bladder issue on his own and be back to normal! (here's hoping!). I might hold off on treating for a bacterial infection for a little bit, since antibiotics and other medicines are hard on fish while they're in the water. But watch the fish very very carefully for signs that he's getting worse or simply that he's not improving, as I'm not sure if an infection could result from an injury, like what might have happened to your fish when he fell.

Sorry for the info overload, but that's my best guess as to what's going on and I hope it's helpful!

Wishing your fishy a speedy recovery! :)

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Old 02-10-2010, 11:51 AM   #12 
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thanks PinkDiamond I knew that was hope after all, thanks guys, ill let you know guys how he is doing durant the day.
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Old 02-10-2010, 04:45 PM   #13 
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Yes, please do keep us posted!

Bettatoon, could I also suggest that you feed him frozen foods, as opposed to pellets, flakes or freeze dried foods?

Frozen foods (Hikari brand seems to be top quality, but whatever your local pet store has for fish should be ok) such as bloodworms, glassworms (mosquito larvae), tubifex worms, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp and daphnia are all good choices, and alternating between a few of those for each feeding will ensure complete nutrition. Frozen foods provide great protein which the fish will need to heal damaged tissue.

The issue with dry foods (pellets, flakes and freeze dried) is that once consumed by the fish, they can expand in the digestive tract, causing constipation and swelling. This swelling could press on and irritate an already damaged swim bladder and would just delay the healing.

I highly recommend switching your betta to only frozen foods, if that's not already what you feed him. Just be sure to thaw the food for a little while before feeding. :)
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:21 PM   #14 
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Freeze dried is ok if fed once in awhile and if it is rehydrated before feeding.
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:14 PM   #15 
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thanks guys:
my report.
ive been doing the salt bath ones a day, but my crowntail still the same,swimming around, looking for food, he looks normal, except for his sikness, his swelling thing still there.
what do you think? thanks.
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:40 AM   #16 
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I might just keep on observing him for now - keep feeding him good foods, keeping his tank clean and warm and watch for any changes in him.

Do you notice anything that would indicate additional illness since your first post? Has the shape/size/color/location of the swelling changed? Do you see any new coloration or spots on his body? (ie: bloody/red streaks, wounds, ulcerts, etc.). Is he still having trouble floating in the water normally, or is he able to hold himself away from the surface now?
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