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Old 01-04-2013, 05:07 AM   #11 
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I have two betas with swim bladder issues and the only time I have issues with them is when I feed them pellets. Try flakes and see if that helps him. I also feed daphnia once a week as it has a laxative effect.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:45 AM   #12 
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Flakes never help bloat.. they can cause it though. You probably have problem with pellets because they are poor quality wheat filled. Pellets should have the first two or three ingredients as whole fish. Not fishmeal and even worse is wheat. I would not do the pea.

Continue epsoms and fast 2-3 days and see if it helps... still a little concerned about chance of internal infection.. not sure when to pull the trigger on some looking around. Side float is no good..

Also go ahead and do 50% water change the next 2 days as well. Careful to acclimate:

To do a water change, use a little cup like a plastic solo cup - this cup must be only for him and have never been used with soap or other chems. Scoop him up in this cup (keep him in the cup about 1/4 full of water - it doesn't need to be much because he won't be in it for long) and leave him in the cup while you change his water. To do the 50% use a turkey baster - dedicated only to him that has never seen soap or chems - and drag it through the gravel and try to suck as much of the poop out as possible, in addition to 50% of the water. Use a thermometer under the running tap to get it to be the same temp as the water that is normally in his tank. When the thermometer says the flowing tap is the right temp, fill back up his tank. At this point, add the conditioner (dose for how much water you change - if you change half the water you add half gallon worth of conditioner, If you do a 100% water change dose for the full gallon change). Float his plastic cup with him in it in the new water. Slowly add a couple tablespoons of the new water into his cup every 10 minutes for at least an hour. Finally, dump him in gently but try to get as little of the old cup water back into the tank as possible. When you do the weekly 100% you will do mostly the same thing except empty his tank fully and rinse everything in it very well under warm water but never use soaps or chemicals. Once it's fully cleaned/rinsed you can refill it and repeat the cup/acclimate phase.

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Old 01-05-2013, 04:23 AM   #13 
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Thanks. I have ordered some of the NLS betta food, should be here Tuesday. I think I'll start on some kanaplex (or the equivalent to it), can't hurt, can it? Is it used the same way as epsom salt, do I just mix in the dose into the new water going in?

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Old 01-05-2013, 01:14 PM   #14 
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I haven't ever had Kanaplex hurt a fish. Kanaplex is Kanamycin. I don't know of another source of this.

1 level scoop is for 5 gallons so you need to dilute it for the size of his container by taking 5 teaspoons of dechlorinated/tank water and dissolving the scoop then removing 2.5tsp of the mixture back into his actual tank - throw away excess and don't save to redose later and it will lose its effectiveness. Dose like this every other day for a week. May be repeated for a second week after 100% water change. For internal infections I'd go ahead and go for the full 2.
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