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Old 02-25-2011, 05:35 PM   #11 
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The only way to explain it, his ventral fin is almost in the shape of a cesta used in Jai-Alai and as he swims the turbulence creates an air pocket. As this gradually builds up it forms into a bubble or a balloon that drifts above him.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:38 PM   #12 
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Try turning off the micro bubble thing for a day or so and see if that makes a difference....at least it would rule that out as a cause....
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:01 PM   #13 
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My betta has that aswell. it curls in on itself, and looks like its connected in some way? Anyways, it doesnt float above his head, though your betta looks adorable with it xD
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:05 PM   #14 
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Try turning off the micro bubble thing for a day or so and see if that makes a difference....at least it would rule that out as a cause....
Oh no, I verified that is not it. From the simple act of swimming around it builds up until we have floaty fish. I know it sounds funny and may look sort of cute but my concern is his ventral fin is literally whipped up his side and almost above his head. It fixes itself when he bolts around the tank and the bubble dislodges itself. Leave it up to me to have situation like this. LOL I am like a test bed for the strange..
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Old 02-26-2011, 03:57 AM   #15 
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I don't think its simply the micro-bubbles.

Do you use low level aquarium salt in the tank?
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Old 02-26-2011, 03:46 PM   #16 
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I was using AQ salt in the past but that was prior to my adding the apple snail.
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Old 02-26-2011, 05:35 PM   #17 
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add half a teaspoon of salt for every five gallons and half a teaspoon of epsom salt for every ten

it won't bother the apple snail but it will change the properties of the water

He may have a little bacterial infection in the pocket
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:34 PM   #18 
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Thanks for the info. I was afraid of it affecting the snail.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:34 AM   #19 
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~slaps forhead~

Just be sure to mix the salt in water first so it doesn't linger on the bottom, same is true for soft skin and scaleless bottom fish.

I tried to kill my snails by dropping aquarium salt on them but it didn't work... go figure, its probably my artificially perfect conditions.




We can rebuild this water! Faster, stronger, cleaner... ~chair swivel noises~

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