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Old 07-05-2012, 04:36 PM   #1 
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Female with swim bladder?

Help! I just bought a female betta today.

She was fine, but now she's floating sideways. She seems fine and can swim on her own when she wants to, but when she's still she has to push herself under a plant to keep from floating.

She is actually much brighter than she was before. I had her close to my male's tank to try and get them used to eachother as I hope to breed them if they are a match - But I moved him away when I noticed she was not doing well.

She was fine in the pet store less than 8 hours ago. What did I do wrong? :(



Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gal
What temperature is your tank? 30 c / 86 f
Does your tank have a filter? No
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? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One Betta "Buffet" Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets, once per day.

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
Every 3-4 days.

What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
PRIME water conditioner.

Water Parameters:
NA

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Yes, she appears bloated.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Was zipping around the tank, now mostly under the plant.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A few hours ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I noticed that she might have fin rot, so I put in Bettafix just before I transferred her to the tank.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No?
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea, small though. Young?

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Old 07-05-2012, 04:43 PM   #2 
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Can you post a picture? Usually, when Betta Fish has Swim Bladder Disease, they have a hard time swimming and usually float to one side. They also have a hard time pooing. Here's to make sure if she has Swim Bladder Disease or not:
Swim Bladder Disease (SBD)/Bloat
•Symptoms: Betta has trouble swimming, maybe he can’t stay upright and can only swim on his side.
•Treatment: This is not a contagious or fatal illness. If it isn’t congenital (aka a condition that he/she has had since birth), then it is caused by over feeding or feeding the wrong foods. Bettas will typically recover after a day or two of Epsom Salt treatments (1-2tsp/gal) and fasting. You can help prevent a reoccurrence by switching to a better pellet food, feeding less and offering a more varied diet. To make it easier for the betta to eat and breath, you can make the water shallower. You can offer him/her frozen daphnia (sold at Petsmart) as daphnia will help him/her pass stool. DO NOT FEED THEM PEAS.

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Old 07-05-2012, 04:59 PM   #3 
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Here we go:





Oddly she's more active now, I wasn't able to get a good "floating" picture -When she slows down she still floats upward though.
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:02 PM   #4 
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She doesn't seem bloated. So when she stops swimming, she floats up?
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:09 PM   #5 
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On bloating: Maybe it's just because she's brighter now. In the pet store she
was a much paler colour so perhaps she seemed smaller..?

She floats upward and to one side. She seems to be able to right herself, but it happens over and over. Eventually she gets tired and just pushes herself under the plant again.

What upset me initially was how sudden it seemed, I'm quite certain in her little petstore cup she was not doing this. I haven't even fed her yet. Could it have had anything to do with the male's presence?
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:12 PM   #6 
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Maybe. Wait, I noticed on the 2nd picture that there's this white dot. Was she releasing an egg?
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:26 PM   #7 
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I thought maybe that was her Ovipositor but I don't know much about betta anatomy..?
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:00 PM   #8 
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I just want to say that she's a pretty little thing!
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:54 PM   #9 
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It started when you put her by the male? In my experience, my females get a bit "egg-eyed" as I call it. They start to act almost like they are dying, floating around the top, hanging head-down in the water, or even hanging their tails down, bending behind the dorsal fin so it looks like a upside-down "L". I think this makes them less threatening to a nearby male. They will even tuck their fins and wag their whole bodies to swim. Keep an eye on her, but if it only happens around your dude-fish, she may just be sexy-ing it up! :)
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:58 PM   #10 
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Also, in the presence of her intended, she may start to show vertical bars, although this is hard to see in darker fish. These up and down stripes are indicators that his presence excites her very much, but horizontal stripes can mean stress. Good luck with her!
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