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Old 10-24-2013, 12:17 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Swim bladder problem, need help!

Lately my betta has been laying on his side at the bottom of his tank all the time. He hasn't been pooping much so my guess is that he's constipated from me accidentally over feeding him. I took out all the rocks so I could monitor his bowel movements easily. I lowered the water level to make it easier for him to reach the surface, and have continued to change the water daily since it's only a half gallon tank. I read that feeding him tiny pieces of a pea would help, but the chunks of pea all sank to the bottom and he wouldn't eat them. I've been feeding him 3 pellets every few days, not too often since he isn't pooping regularly. He's recently started pooping a bit more often, but is still laying on his side unless I disturb him. His colour is fine, he looks healthy asides from the inactivity. On the rare occasion that he does swim, he doesn't seem to have too much trouble with it, and he can swim upright but as soon as he stops he lays down again. Any and all advice is welcomed, I just want a happy fish again!
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:35 AM   #2 
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Is his tank heated at all? Is he bloated?

Feeding peas is somewhat common practice, although not ideal for bettas (carnivores). A better way to get things moving would be to feed him some frozen daphnia. You should be able to find it at your local fish or pet store.

Short of being able to do that, I would suggest epsom salt (magnesium sulfate). It's a natural laxative for humans, too, and it's quite therapeutic for fish. It actually has some of the minerals they need in their water on a regular basis. If you can't get daphnia, or if it doesn't work, go to your local drugstore and pick up some epsom salt (pure magnesium sulfate, no perfumes, no dyes, no additives of any kind). Scoop out some of your fish's water in a cup, dissolve half a teaspoon of epsom salt in it, and SLOWLY pour it back into his tank, in small increments if you can. This will bring his tank to a concentration of 1 tsp. per gallon. When you do water changes, make sure you maintain that concentration until your betta starts acting normal again or for 14 days, whichever comes first.
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:57 AM   #3 
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I second the frozen daphnia.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:01 PM   #4 
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His tank is heated, yes. Since its such a small tank I only have a tiny little pre-set heater so I can't adjust the temperature at all. It's usually fairly warm though, I make sure he doesn't get too cold. I'm hoping to move into a new apartment soon and plan on buying him a bigger/better tank as soon as I can. I'll try to find some frozen daphnia today, thanks for your help!
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bladder, swim

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