I took this video of one of my sorority girls, after removing her from the sorority because she has been swimming weird. She was doing this several days ago so I took her out, put her in epsom salt water by herself in a hospital tank and let her soak in it overnight. She seemed to be doing better the next day so I put her back in the sorority. Noticed she's still doing it so I took her back out and put her back in some epsom salt water/hospital tank....
(sorry about the cat meowing in the video, LOL)
Is this Swim Bladder disease? If so, is there anything else that can be done besides what I'm doing?
I lost another girl last month due to what I thought was SBD that never went away (seemed like it was not just simple SBD like I thought). I really don't want to lose another betta especially when its something that seems like it should clear up pretty easily.
Here are my stats
What size is your tank? 20 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have a filter? yes
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? 8 other female bettas (all are doing fine)
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? NLS pellets exclusively right now, until I pick up some more frozen bloodworms from the store
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1 or 2 times per day. I admit I don't monitor who gets how much like I should :(
How often do you perform a water change? 1 per wk
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20-ish
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tap water conditioner and/or Stress Coat
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? slightly bloated
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? struggles to swim, mostly when at the surface of the water, will swim on her side
When did you start noticing the symptoms? a few days ago, cleared up but is back again tonight
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Have her in a shallow epsom salt treated hospital tank with leaves for resting on
Does your fish have any history of being ill? not until this week
How old is your fish (approximately)? purchased from Petco January 2012 - estimate she is 9-12 mo. old