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Old 09-11-2012, 10:13 PM   #1 
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Help! Bloated and Sinking :(

Hello everyone,

I really need your help!

Housing
What size is your tank? 2 gall
What temperature is your tank? 78
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? by himself
Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta bio-gold pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1 time/day, about 4-5 pellets

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? weekly
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? top fin water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? Yes, everything is good

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? swollen
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? bottom, lethargic, and hard time going up for air
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about 2 weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? clean water, lowered water for easy surfacing, gave him peas
Does your fish have any history of being ill? had minor pop-eye about a year ago, cured easily
How old is your fish (approximately)? 2.5 years


A couple of weeks ago, I went to do his weekly water change and he totally FREAKED OUT in the net, and when I was able to get him out of the net and into the small changing bowl, he was completely sideways! After a minute he was right side up, but I knew something was wrong.
After putting him back into his clean tank, I noticed that he was always at the bottom and had a very hard time going up for air - some times he was completely vertical trying to go up, poor thing :(
So I lowered his water level to about 3-4" so he could manage.
I also noticed he was swollen on both sides of his body after his pectoral fins (not hanging low like I've seen others), so I thought it could be constipation and fed him a piece of pea and no pellets for a couple of days. The swelling went down a bit.
It's now 2 weeks later and he is still a little swollen and definately still having difficulty surfacing...
Can someone please help me???
I'm going to get some espum salt now and put him in a 1 gal tank with 1 teaspoon of eps salt....
Is it swim bladder disease? Dropsy? Please help me
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:14 PM   #2 
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Here is a pic I just took of Dino in his mere 2 cups of water, being completely vertical....it's as if his back end sinks....my boyfriend seems to think there's something wrong with his back, or back end... I need some advise..The water he's in now is treated and has epsum salt.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:08 AM   #3 
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Ok, he has swim bladder disorder, which means he cannot regulate his bouyancy. Probably caused by constipation. Try instead of feeding 4 pellets once a day, feed 2 pellets twice a day. The swim bladder is likely caused by constipation pushing on his swim bladder. Constipaion is from feeding him too much at once. Just stop feeding for a few days and feed 2 pellets every few days and update so I know ifhe needs more.

DO NOT FEED BETA FISH PEAS! Tht is for goldfish and is just a rumor
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:43 AM   #4 
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I've heard that feeding Daphina is good for poopy fish. :)

Edit: You can do an Epsom salt treatment if you'd like. 1-2tsp/gal, and just fast him.

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Old 09-12-2012, 02:05 PM   #5 
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thank you!

Ok, I'll start feeding him 2 pellets twice aday.

But what about fasting? Should I feed him every other day? Or how long should he go without eating?

He's in 2 cups of water with a tiny pinch of epsum salt as of last night. His water should be checked daily, correct?

I did notice he pooped today - no gravel makes it easy to spot :)
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:48 PM   #6 
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A big poop? After my bettas are constipated, I see a few BIG poops scattered all over.
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:15 PM   #7 
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no, not too big, looks like a soaked pellet.
ok, you asked for it, here's a picture lol!
this was taken from the top.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:19 AM   #8 
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Does that leaf have a suction cup? Maybe you could suction it a couple inches below the surface so he can rest on it and not have to swim all the way up to breathe.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:36 AM   #9 
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It did have a suction cup, but i can't find it :(

I fed him 2 pellets yesterday in the morning, and nothing at night. This morning I fed him 1 pellet. Let's see if he poos today.

His appetite is always like a shark, so I guess that's a good sign.

How long should I keep him in the little bowl doing epsom baths?
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:40 PM   #10 
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really not sure, not an expert here. I think you can do it as long as you need. Remember, 2 pellets every few days untill his gut is cleaned out. The lump is a bit far back though. I would ask someone else on this one :P
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