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Old 07-05-2012, 01:00 AM   #1 
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Anything else i can do for her?

About 2 weeks ago my boyfriend got me this adorable CT female, the afternoon after i had put her in the tank she developed swim bladder disorder, last week i went on vacation for 6 days, and i had hoped that it would have passed by the time i got back, but sadly it is still there :/ im going to get daphnia tomorrow, but is there anything else i can do for her? she dosent seem to be too bothered by it, she swims around at the top, right now she is sleeping on this plastic leaf stuck to the side of her tank that i bought at petsmart.
Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gallons, but she has a sectioned off part about 4 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? not yet
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none, im planning to remove the divider and make it a sorority tank

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? omega one betta buffet pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? well, im fasting her right now

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 10%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? last week i had it tested at petsmart and they said everything was perfect

Ammonia:
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Nitrate:
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Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? it hasnt
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? it hasnt
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about a week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? not yet
Does your fish have any history of being ill? i dont know
How old is your fish (approximately)? ahh, shes a petstore fish.. but she looks pretty young... mabye 4-5 months
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:04 AM   #2 
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Not really, it's not a fatal disease though. It's just. Annoying. The frozen Daphnia should help her. Oh, and out of curiosity, why do you have the divider in, even though she's the only one there? Just out of curiosity...
I think you should also change the 10% to 25%.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:10 AM   #3 
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well, i had a male on the other side, i lost him 2 days ago :/
and its cycled, so still 25% a week?
and is it something that usually lasts a long time?
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:29 AM   #4 
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Oh, sorry about your male... Yes, 25% a week a should be fine. :) And when you mean lasts a long time, do you mean SBD? It depends on your treatment. Frozen Daphnia is a good laxative.
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:30 AM   #5 
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If it's possible, try raising the temp to 80. If not, then don't worry about it as 78 is still a good temperature.

You could also try epsom salt at 1 tsp/gal (Dissolve in tank water) and 100% daily changes. It's best to isolate for this treatment as changing out 10 gallons of water everyday will be costly and superfluous.

Daphnia is good to use too, but if you are unable to get a hold of any, then go with epsom salt.
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:07 AM   #6 
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okay, ill try epsom salt... need it for my other betta with popeye too...
yes i was wondering about how long SBD usually lasts?
and my heater automatically keeps the temp at 78 plus or minus 2... it stays at a pretty stable 78 though
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:12 AM   #7 
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It depends on the cause for it. It could be constipation, and infection, or infestation.

It simply could be inflammation as well. the epsom salt will help you figure that out since it will reduce inflammation as well as act as a laxative. If her poop is stringy and white, that's usually indicative of parasites.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:55 AM   #8 
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I'm no expert, but here's my experience with SBD.

I have 7 female bettas in quarantine right now. One with recurrent SBD. I would fast her, she'd improve, feed her, she'd be worse... I tried the epsom salts too. Improvement. Then worsening. Yes, very annoying.

So I noticed a different fish with white stringy poop. Bought Anti-Parasite medicated fish food and decided to treat them all. Well, the fish with the stringy poop definitely expelled a lot of stringy material. And so did the fish with SBD. I hadn't seen anything like that from her before. She hasn't shown any signs of SBD since. Seems to me that she had a belly full of worms and it was causing or at least contributing to the SBD.

Like I said, I'm no expert, but I'm very pleased with the anti-parasite treatment.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:22 AM   #9 
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What was the medicated fish food that you used?
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:02 PM   #10 
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Jungle used to sell it. you should still be able to get some online, but it's not very pallatable so you'd want to disguise it as something else.

I never got a good feed rate out of it.

If you do find some medicated food to use, but they don't eat it, then try API General Cure. It's in packets dosed for a 10 gallon.

Internal treatment is the best course for internal infestations, but sometimes bettas won't cooperate.
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