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Old 06-14-2011, 09:15 PM   #1 
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not sure...help

My moms betta has been having trouble, hes sitting at the top and barely moves looks a tiny bit bloated, been going on for a day or two, bought him an entire new tank today (marineland 3g) but havent moved him yet, he has a heated tank that is cleaned often..... changed water yesterday gave him revive today will doo another change today please help!!!
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:24 PM   #2 
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Has he been eating? And has he been pooping? (disgusting topic, I know) If he's constipated, it could affect his swimbladder, leading to Swimbladder Disorder. Anyway, if you could find and fill out the sticky that would be great. The more info, the better we can help you.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:31 PM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 1.5 (temporary just got him his 3g today:( )
What temperature is your tank?about 78-80
Does your tank have a filter? Yes (stopped working)
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated?yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 0

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? new life spectrum (went out of oour way to get this stuff :P )
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?ATLEAST twice a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?80%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime

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

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? tiny bit bloated maybe?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?sitting at the top not moving
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about 2days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? yes water changes and REVIVE might try aquarium salt tommrw
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? no idea...maybe 4moonths when she got him, been waiting to get a new tank because life has been so hectic and now that we finally get him his beautiful new tank that we havent put him in yet... he gets sick:(:(:( HELP please
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:39 PM   #4 
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Thanks for filling out the sticky. You obviously take good care of your guy. My next question is how many pellets do you feed at a time? I'm concerned that your guy may be constipated. If he is, that can affect his swimbladder and cause him to float at the top like he's doing now.

I suggest you put your guy in a small barebottom container (the cup he came in from the pet store, if you bought him, is good or anything of like size). In a 1g container, mix 1 tsp of epsom salts with dechlorinated water. Pour that in his barebottom QT container and put him in. You can float this container in his regular tank so he stays warm. You'll want to change the water every day and continue this for 10 days. Keep an eye out for poos.

I hope he gets better soon.

Oh, I always forget. Put some plastic food wrap over the top of his container and poke a few holes in it. This will keep the humidity in and also keep him from jumping out. Always forget that part.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:47 PM   #5 
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Is there any way I can do salt bathes without moving him containers? Cause its my moms fish I have 5 bettas of my own, all of them are in individaul tankgs ranging from 2.5-10g all filtered heated aswell
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:08 PM   #6 
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You can do the salt in the tank he's in, the 1.5g. Remove any gravel that you have in there, if you can/want, so you can see if he's pooing or not. Best of luck.
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:09 PM   #7 
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thanks so much i will do an epsom salt bath tommorow (since i just did the revive i dont wanna stress him even more) and will do frequent water changes hope he makes it! thanks
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Old 06-15-2011, 06:39 AM   #8 
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sadly he passed away RIP
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:14 AM   #9 
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Aww, I'm sorry to hear that, poor little guy. You took good care of him, changing his water so often. But bloat and swimbladder and all that can be hard to reverse somtimes. Better get your mom a new one soon.
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:23 AM   #10 
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