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Old 01-24-2013, 11:32 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Swollen Belly ;A;

so I woke up this morning and turned on my bedroom light and was just laying in bed. I heard my fish thrashing around and hitting the sides of the tank, hard. So I looked up and ran over there to check him and by then he was just hovering on the bottom opening and closing his mouth.

when I came home from school and went over to the tank he was acting normal and swimming normal and flaring at me, like usual. but it is night now and I just noticed that his abdomen is slightly swollen. could it possibly be damage to the swim bladder as a result of the weird episode this morning????

other information: 5 gal. tank, 78F, no water changes within the past few days (biweekly) no new decor or other stuff, i've had him for a month, no tank mates

helppppp, i've attached images of the fish normally and now, to compare the swelling.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:58 AM   #2 
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I suggest not feeding him today.

Has he pooped recently? If so, what color was it?

Do you have Epsom salt? You can get it at grocery stores, drugstores like CVS or walmart, etc. It needs to be 100% magnesium sulfate. (No dyes, fragrances, or anything else.)

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