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Old 12-01-2011, 12:12 AM   #1 
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betta has a bent spine?

hello I was curious what Mushu's bent spine means because before he never had this problem (look at my profile pic). See pictures below.

I know Mushu fins look bad, but its not from fin rot. I had shrimp earlier and I saw the little bas***d snacking on his fin.

He is very active and doesn't show symptoms of any sickness from what I see.




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3 gallons with a Moss ball
water change twice a week
temp between 78 - 82
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Old 12-01-2011, 12:51 AM   #2 
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I've never saw that before. Is that him stable or swimming
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:07 AM   #3 
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There was another member recently that had the same exact problem but I dont remember their user name. I just remember seeing the pic of the fish
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:43 AM   #4 
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Its a picture of him swimming, but it also happens when he's stable..
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:30 AM   #5 
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Could it be fish TB? I read that they could have bent spines.
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:49 AM   #6 
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Could it be fish TB? I read that they could have bent spines.
I fear it may be that, but I'm hoping it could be something else =(
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:16 AM   #7 
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did it just suddenly bend or has he always been that way?

I had a fish recently die on me, he developed a bent spine just like that overnight. I think he got stuck under something in his tank and it deformed him, causing him to die also.

TB will usually have sores and other symptoms.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:27 AM   #8 
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TB you usually have loss of scales and lesions..

It could be from an injury or possibly even scoliosis.. with scoliosis you tend to have reduced growth, and anorexia (lack or loss of appetite).

So my guess is either scoliosis, or he isn't getting enough nutrition and vitamins- which can cause this (curved spine (scoliosis), low fish weight, anorexia). How much and of what are you feeding him?
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:46 PM   #9 
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did it just suddenly bend or has he always been that way?

I had a fish recently die on me, he developed a bent spine just like that overnight. I think he got stuck under something in his tank and it deformed him, causing him to die also.

TB will usually have sores and other symptoms.
Well he wasn't like this about 2~3 weeks ago (from memory and iphone photos without date).

I am sorry to hear about the loss =(

He doesn't have any sores from what I see. I only see damaged fins (refer to first post).

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TB you usually have loss of scales and lesions..

It could be from an injury or possibly even scoliosis.. with scoliosis you tend to have reduced growth, and anorexia (lack or loss of appetite).

So my guess is either scoliosis, or he isn't getting enough nutrition and vitamins- which can cause this (curved spine (scoliosis), low fish weight, anorexia). How much and of what are you feeding him?
I usually to feed him about a pellet Mon. - Thurs., 1 bloodworm Friday, and a few pieces from a brineshrimp cube on saturday when I change his water 100%)

For the past 2 weeks, I've been giving him 1 bloodworm a day, except Sunday, for his tail to grow back.

I remember he used to be bloated 2~3 times, and had to cut back on his consumption on bloodworms for awhile (read somewhere freeze dried blood worm causes him to be bloated)

Possible I'm wasn't feeding him enough? I did have a betta that I fed 2 pellets a day, and he ended up being constipated and got dropsy after...
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My recent guy Sammy is having this problem, he just started to pick up some weight and has new fin growth and now his spine is doing the same thing your guy is
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Is your guy breathing fast/heavily?
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