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Old 08-06-2012, 05:51 PM   #1 
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Not sure what's wrong with my fish

My betta, Kalic, has been lathargic lately and not really eating. He sticks mostly to the top of the tank, and looks like he has trouble swimming down, and it looks like he floats back up, but will still go hide in his jar on the bottom. He doesn't have clamped fins, he is making bubbles, but not many and not enough for a good nest. I thought he might just be bored. I put him in a clear cup and set it in my tank with my female bettas to see if he would cheer up. He flared for second, stopped, flared again, then did nothing. I don't see any spots on him, or gold dust when I shine a light on him. Could it maybe be swim bladder, or something else?
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:55 PM   #2 
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What's the temperature? And take the male out now if he's still in the tank with the female.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:01 PM   #3 
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He's not actually in their tank, he's in the cup. Temp is about 76-78

Edit: I did take him out though

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Old 08-06-2012, 06:04 PM   #4 
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Oh, I know. The female might just get eggbound. The temperature seems fine so... Fill this out since I have no other idea: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233 Is there any ammonia at all?
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:13 PM   #5 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 76-77
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day, skip Sundays, 4 pellets

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? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aquarium salt

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No. Don't have money for a test kit and local pet store doesn't do water testing.

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? No
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Yes. Has trouble swimming down, lethargic, doesn't flare except for a very short amount of time. Wont flare at a mirror, but will flare for a moment at other bettas.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Few weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Thought he might just be bored so I bought more fish to put near him. Used to have another betta, but it died a while ago. Thought that might be part of the problem.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 year+
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:18 PM   #6 
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I don't know what's wrong with him sorry... :(
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:23 PM   #7 
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It's ok, thanks for trying.

While checking him out in his cup, I have noticed that he has some kind of white bump on his chin. I guess that could be mouth fungus, but I don't think that explains why he isn't swimming right.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:26 PM   #8 
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Hm. Maybe... Check in the Stickeys on this section. Look through the symptoms and see what it is. Picture?
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:13 PM   #9 
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I have changed his water and added salt and antibiotics as the entry suggests. Here's hoping!
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:14 PM   #10 
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OK. Get well soon! :)
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