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Old 12-08-2013, 10:56 AM   #1 
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Chronic swim bladder?

Hello Betta community!
A bit of a rush and my first post but if like some advice from Betta pros!
I have a soft spot for sick fish and every once in a while when I have room I grab one for rehab- my latest find is a double tail half moon that could not stay upright in his little cup at Petco.
I observed him over 3 days at Petco with no change and brought him home hoping it was a feeding issue. It's been one week and I've limited, but not completely cut off his feedings and housed him in a silk plant sick tank with tons of ledges to rest on/lean against. He's made it so far and I'd like to move him to my 20 gallon tank(divided in thirds) but don't know how to continue his treatment safely or provide a good environment for him! Help??
He continually lists sideways, has to panic swim to get any depth and floats immediately back up and onto his side:(
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He seems to do best and I've left him in this little bowl because it has a nice bend towards the lip where he sits and is able to stay upright.

Housing
What size is your tank? 1/2 gallon "sick tank"
What temperature is your tank? Too cold! The 20 gallon is heated but this one is too small to safely heat
Does your tank have a filter? No, 20 gallon is filtered
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? See above
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Flake and pellet, crushed or finely ground so it's easy to get
How often do you feed your betta fish? Right now only once and tiny amounts

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week or more often if water starts to get cloudy
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50-100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aqua safe water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Have not tested
Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Na
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?na
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Na
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?na
Does your fish have any history of being ill?na
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea:)

He seems otherwise healthy but is extremely skittish. Any help is awesome as is like him to be as comfortable as possible and I do not mind having a chronic fish for the rest of his life:)

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Old 12-08-2013, 04:01 PM   #2 
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Can't figure out how to edit my original post

Update:

Moved to a 7 gallon section of the 20
Heat set up at 79
Aquarium salt in the water
He can't go lower than maybe an inch and lays like this:

Sorry this is the only angle I can get of him

Is there anything else I can do for him? What should his feeding schedule be and what of?
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:28 PM   #3 
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Hello and welcome to the forum. If he's bloated and constipated I'd fast him for about 2 or 3 days then feed him some daphnia or brims shrimp, frozen or freeze dried. Also, try just feeding him pellets. Flakes can cause digestive problems. I fed flakes to one of mine and it caused him to have swimbladder problems.
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:30 PM   #4 
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Awesome!
I will try the fasting/freeze dried diet and see how that goes. Good to know about the flakes!
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:52 PM   #5 
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I hope your little guy gets to feeling better.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:56 PM   #6 
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Just wanted to post an update!

Guess who is almost behaving completely normal??
He still struggles to get to the bottom and still has to work harder to stay upright then most but now that he is behaving semi normal he swim to see me and eats healthy!

I'm thinking it was some kind of bacterial infection since he showed no bloated signs at any point? either way he is gorgeous and happy

Thank you guys so much!
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He's so pretty! I'm glad he's better.
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