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Old 02-23-2011, 05:20 AM   #1 
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Betta at the bottom please help!

Didn't get much response from other post so I am trying again. Last weekend the heater in his tank malfunctioned and the temp went to 92. I did an immediate 50% water change and got it back down around 75 - 78. He's in a 2 1/2 gallon tank no filtration, with a light. He hasn't eaten and is totally lethargic. He will swim up to me when I move something around in his tank and then just kind of sinks back down and stays there. He's been hiding in his tunnel or laying up against the glass. What can I do to help my little guy? Seems like he might have swim bladder disorder but yet he can stay bouyant for a short period of time. This is one tough little guy too! He jumped out twice and lived, before I got a screen. Is there something I can add to his tank in hopes of making him feel better? Wish he would eat!
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:31 AM   #2 
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Definitely sounds like SBD. What I would do to help him is move him to a shallow container such as a rubbermaid storage bin, keep the water level at around three inches so that he can reach the surface. I'd also add a heater and some black water extract and a bit of aquarium salt. You can also add broad silk plants so that he has a place to rest.

Can you answer these questions:

What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?


How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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