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Old 08-21-2010, 04:10 AM   #1 
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Exclamation PLEASE help! SBD?

Ok im super scared right now! I do nightly checks on my fish (real fast) just to make sure they are doing ok and i just checked and my new CT is bloated and was floating near the surface on his side. I bought him about a week ago and during that time I have noticed that no matter how little i feed him he look BLOATED afterwards. Now i have just noticed him floating on his side. He is still pretty energetic and flares when he sees phantom and eats fine.

He is in a 20 gallon divided,filtered, and heated tank (no aeration) with phantom and fishy (two of my other males) and a few guppies and platies. (which he loves chasing ha ha) I do 30% water changes once every other week. I have been trying to feed him 2 pellets a day although he still bloats. When i do water changes i use kordon amquel water conditioner. Please help i have never dealt with SBD before and i really dont want him to die! Please help me cure him and is this contagious????

Update: he is not CONSTANTLY on his side at the top and swims normally when he does. It seems that he is on his side at the top about like 10-30% of the time or something like that because thhis was the first time i saw him like that and now he is normal again.
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UPDATE: He is starting to try to swim down and floats right back up!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-21-2010, 05:25 AM   #3 
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Constipation puts pressure on The swimbladder.

Fast him for a day or two and he SHOULD return back to normal.

Are you soaking his pellets in a cup/mug of tank water before feeding them to him?

As dry food swells up in their stomach and causes them to bloat
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I don't soak my pellets before feeding them and my other fish are fine but i will do that for him like you said and fast him fro two days. (i fasted him for one day and nothing happened)
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I don't soak my pellets before feeding them and my other fish are fine but i will do that for him like you said and fast him fro two days. (i fasted him for one day and nothing happened)
Try feeding him Some daphina, That works wonders with constipation and is better for them than the pea method.
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how do you get daphnia?( i dont have any)
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how do you get daphnia?( i dont have any)
You can buy it Freeze Dried from most pet stores.

They are water fleas
Or people that have ponds are able to get themselves an endless supply of it
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Problem: I cant afford to buy them sorry! Is there any alternative? (besides peas lol)
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Problem: I cant afford to buy them sorry! Is there any alternative? (besides peas lol)

Ask some of the members on here, if they have any in their pond that you could collect or the could send to you?
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my parents wouldn't let me... would infusoria work as a substitute?
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