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Old 08-06-2011, 12:42 AM   #1 
fthrhead
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Angry Big Red and SBD

Housing
What size is your tank? aprox 2 gal
What temperature is your tank? room temp 75-80
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? not in the summer
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none but his jar is next to another one.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Wardley Betta Food.
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day 2-3 pellets

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? once a week, I also add water during the week as it is dry here and the water evaporates quickly.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? None we use well water and there is no Cholrine in it and it is HARD.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? NO


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? swimming on side only able to get half way down the jar.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Still active and eating well
When did you start noticing the symptoms? yesterday after the water change
Have you started treating your fish? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? several years, seem like I've had him forever, at least 3 years.

I have had aquariums in the past and many different kinds of fish, so I know a little abt the swim bladder, so that's why I think it's SBD. He is still active, flairing at his neighbor, eating. I work tomorrow so I will pick up some Epsom salts. I have read the posts where he should be treated for 10 days. Will the Epsom make him poop. In the photos he looks like a gigantic gold fish! I didn't notice till I saw the picture! Holy Moley What else should I pick up, if anything. I live out in the country and it's a drive to town.
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:17 AM   #2 
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Epsom salt 2tsp/gal, tannins along with 100% daily water changes for 10-14 days.....

I would QT in something small that can be floated in a heated tank to maintain temp in the 76F range and cover the top with plastic veggie wrap to retain the heat and humidity for the labyrinth organ....

Premix the treatment water in a 1gal jug of well water-add the Epsom salt and tannins-either IAL or dried oak leaf and use this water for the 100% daily water changes.....

Yes, this should also help him poop.......
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