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Old 12-04-2012, 03:41 PM   #1 
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Betta is struggling to breathe, can't swim


My mom was taking care of a betta fish and apparently deems this okay, is there anyway to save the poor thing? I've tried feeding it a small bit of pea and not feeding it for a while but that didn't help I'm not sure what else to do
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:19 PM   #2 
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Have you tried a water change?

What does the water its self feel like when you touch it. I had a problem like that and i later found out it was the chemicals in the water. The chemicals had reacted with the water to make a slimy substance that sorta suffercated the fish(I got him out in time in the end). I surgest though a full water change and clean out of the tank if that is the case.

Other then that, sorry I don't really know.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:22 PM   #3 
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He looks really bloated.. Fill this out as much as possible to help members help you...

Housing
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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
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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?

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Old 12-04-2012, 04:40 PM   #4 
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He looks massively bloated which is usually from overfeeding. Stop feeding him until his tummy shrinks back down to normal (with the way that looks, he looks like it might be wise not to feed him for a week).

I had a betta who could not swim...I ended up putting him in a small shallow dish and did daily water changes.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:48 PM   #5 
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Looks like dropsy. Please fill out the form above, and in the meantime go get some pure 100% epsom salt with no dyes, perfumes or additives of any kind (check the ingredients list). I've used CVS brand in the past with good results. Definitely fast him.
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