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Old 10-22-2012, 12:59 PM   #1 
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Betta floating at top of tank

I woke up today to find my male betta floating up near the top of the tank. Part of his body is a little above the water. He seems a little sluggish but he still swims in bursts. He seems to be having issues staying down under the surface. He's just swimming directly under the surface. When he dives, he just kind of bobs up. He doesn't look bloated or anything although I think he might have a mild case of fin rot.
My wife changed his water yesterday so I believe the amonia levels should be okay.
He doesn't appear to be having any problems breathing. His gills aren't moving fast.
Any idea as to what's going on or could he just like hanging at the surface?
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:05 PM   #2 
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Could be SBD.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:05 PM   #3 
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I don't know much about it, but you can try messaging Oldfishlady.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:07 PM   #4 
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Did she use conditioner?
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:13 PM   #5 
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He may need some Epsom salt bath..If SBD it may help, I would try it, I hear for that, a few days of Epsom at 1tsp per gallon of water, with daily water changes can help.
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I don't think it's Swim Bladder Disorder. He's not upside down. He doesn't appear bloated (at least to my eyes). No curved spine. No swimming with the tail above the head.
It's just his dorsal fin that's above the surface. He seems to be swimming around fine, with plenty of his usual energy, he's just at the surface all the time.
He's swimming down and shoving himself under stuff to keep himself from floating up.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:16 PM   #7 
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To my knowledge, she used conditioner.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:29 PM   #8 
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I don't think it's Swim Bladder Disorder. He's not upside down. He doesn't appear bloated (at least to my eyes). No curved spine. No swimming with the tail above the head.
It's just his dorsal fin that's above the surface. He seems to be swimming around fine, with plenty of his usual energy, he's just at the surface all the time.
He's swimming down and shoving himself under stuff to keep himself from floating up.
If I remember correctly any bouancy issues is related to SBD..when they cannot keep from floating to the top..you can check with Old Fish Lady..or Sakura..they can help you best..I have never dealt with a fishy with SBD but have seen some members with fishy's that have the same symptoms. You can PM either one of them for help..Good luck
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It sounds like a textbook case of SBD to me honestly. I haven't had betta's with it but I have had platy's and goldfish who had gotten it and this was the same thing that happened.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:00 PM   #10 
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I hope I don't have to lose my fishy.
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