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Old 08-24-2012, 02:49 PM   #1 
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Swim Bladder Disorder/Constipation or Dropsy? :[

Hi everyone,

So my female betta hasn't been doing very well the past couple of days. She looks a little bloated but not too much (not pineconing but her scales are not completely smooth on her body), her anus appears a bit swollen, she has a hard time swimming, and usually swims/floats vertically near the top of her bowl. I have a feeling she may have been over fed during the week. I had a friend feed her while I was out of town but I showed them how much to feed her. I've been keeping her water clean and have fasted her for almost a day now but there have been no signs of improvement. I'm thinking of waiting another day and then trying the cooked pea trick.If anyone has any idea of what could be going on or anything I can do to help her please let me know!
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:04 PM   #2 
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please fill thids out so we can help further...are you able to take a few pictues as well?

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:15 PM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 1 Gallon

What temperature is your tank? 74 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? No

What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? FD Bloodworms

How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Twice 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? Water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Bloated and slightly rough scales, not quite pineconed, and anus is a little swollen

How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Stays near surface using plants as support, has a hard time swimming horizontally

When did you start noticing the symptoms? A few days ago

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? She's been fasted for a day now

Does your fish have any history of being ill? No

How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 1/2 years old
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:54 PM   #4 
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for a 1 gallon i would change the water a little more frequently.for a 1 gallon i would do 50% ever other day and 100% weekly.i currently have a male in my 1 gallon and thats how often i clean it.or ill do 100% every other day.

do u have any pictures?

with the anus a little swollen this might be something OFL(OldFishLady) might have to comment about..

try adding about 1/4 teaspoon of aquarium salt in her tank and putting her in a more darker place of not using the light.she could have internal parasites.do you have any other medication other than bettafix?

bettafix is good for like fin damage but not internal parasites.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:57 PM   #5 
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and her water temp might be a little too low.78 degrees is ideal.there are small heaters that go under small betta bowls and tanks.also try a different diet.try feeding her once a day.their stomachs are the size of their eyes.so they dont eat much.i too feed mine twice a day but i dont put a lot.
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:00 PM   #6 
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Thank you for the tips! I'll get on this right away. I'll try uploading a picture soon.
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:03 PM   #7 
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bettafix is good for like fin damage but not internal parasites.
I do not reccomend betta fix or any medication ending in -fix, it contains a tree oil that is known the damage their labyrinth organ. Some people use it and have no side affects while others lose their fish. Personally not something i'd risk or reccomend, but to each their own.
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Oh and the only medication I have right now is Pimafix.
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:06 PM   #9 
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Oh and the only medication I have right now is Pimafix.
dont use it... -fix medications are a no no.
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I do not reccomend betta fix or any medication ending in -fix, it contains a tree oil that is known the damage their labyrinth organ. Some people use it and have no side affects while others lose their fish. Personally not something i'd risk or reccomend, but to each their own.
Yikes. I'll stop the Pimafix then. Thanks.
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