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Old 10-20-2010, 04:56 PM   #1 
aliciadewey
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swim bladder, losing color

Our Betta seems to have an increasing problem with buoyancy - it can't stay upright any longer and lays on it's side on the surface. Also having cloudy water problems and he is generally lethargic. Also has a pale white line along his back and seems a little white around the mouth/below the mouth. He's definitely sick - please help! We were never told to test our water, but will go to the petstore and get a test kit today. Any recommendations on what type (or are they all the same?)

Here's the questions answered:

Housing
What size is your tank?1.5 gallon
What temperature is your tank?room temp, so about 70-72
Does your tank have a filter?no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?no
Is your tank heated?no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?Hikari Betta bio gold
How often do you feed your betta fish?2X daily

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?all
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?API aquarium salt (1/4 tsp), API stress coat+ (1 drop). We just got these products last week and have only used once so far.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?No

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? see above
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?lethargic, cant stay vertical
When did you start noticing the symptoms?1 week
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?no
Does your fish have any history of being ill?no, too new
How old is your fish (approximately)?we've had for 6 months, but dont know how old
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:30 PM   #2 
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Your water temp is a little on the low side-I would get it up to at least 76F for now and once the fish is better I would get it to at least 78F-too fast right now could cause some problems

I would do a 100% water change and get the aquarium salt out and re-fill to half and start an Epsom salt 1tsp/gal along with 100% daily water changes for 10days-hold all food for 3 days and then offer half feeding every other day until treatment is complete
I would also cover the top with plastic veggie wrap to keep the air above the water warm and humid and turn off the light

I like to pre-mix my salt in a 1gal jug to make water changes and dosage easier
The Epsom salt will help with swelling and buoyancy problems-hopefully the white on the body is not related to columnaris due to water quality and poor immune response
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:39 PM   #3 
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really appreciate the fast response! we're going to get epsom salt right now and will do everything you recommended. We were going to use distilled/purified water instead of tap water right away, in case our tap has too much bad stuff in it - and until we get a testing kit hopefully tomorrow. Is distilled H2o OK for the next couple changes, to make sure everything is neutral?
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:42 PM   #4 
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I wouldn't use it-tap water really is better most of the time due to the mineral content the fish needs for good health and you also risk too big of a pH swing-tap with dechlorinator is better in the long run.
I would get a heater too
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:59 PM   #5 
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got it, no distilled water. will keep you posted!
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