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Old 02-09-2013, 08:11 AM   #1 
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not sure what is wrong with my beta.

Hi guys,

I have a fighting fish called Stormy, ive had him for nearly 2 years.
He lives in a 10 gallon tank, with a huge castle, and a plant and a water heater. About a month ago, he stopped eating, and was acting sick (not talking to me) I also noticed his belly was a tad swollen, so i fasted him for a few days and then tried to feed him peas, which he totally rejected.
It was obvious he was having troubles swimming too, he struggled alot.

So i cut down his food ALOT and maybe a week later, he picked up, he wanted to eat again, and his swimming improved. but he was sitting on the bottom of the tank alot (not lying down, like actually sitting, like a mermaid lol )

he still hadnt done a poo after all of this, so i then decided to order some epsom salts on line. a week passed, the epsom salts arrived, i gave them to stormy... i left them in overnight then did a 50% water change. still no poo.

I currently feed tiny slithers of frozen prawn which he goes nuts after.. but i cant work out why he wont poo and why he sits like a mermaid... he is happy and loves to be fed... (you know how they act like a dog) well he is still like that, but he will return to the bottom and sit , he sits on his castle the same way too. but just not swimming like normal, he only goes up for air, or if he thinks im going to feed him (all the time he thinks lol}

so.. should i be worried? im not sure what else to do?

i change his water twice a week.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:04 AM   #2 
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This might be SBD, or Swim Bladder Syndrome...the epsom salts should be left in the tank for a week, then do a water change.

im not sure wat else could be troubling him...oh, and peas dont work and arent that good at all for bettas.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:38 AM   #3 
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aha.... i will add more epsom salts tonight then, and leave it for a week..
i hope to report back with poo news! lol

thanks for replying!!!!
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:30 AM   #4 
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Keep changing the water twice a week with the epsom salt- and pre mix the e. salt in a bowl and stir it with the conditioner until it is ALL dissolved. Hopefully it helps.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:46 AM   #5 
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Exactly how much Epsom salt did you add (per gallon)?

I would start with about 1 teaspoon Epsom salt per gallon. If that isn't effective, you can *gradually* increase the amount. I've seen recommendations that go as high as 3 teaspoons Epsom salt per gallon. But I only needed to get to 1.5 tsp/gal for curing my guy's bloating and constipation.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:27 AM   #6 
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i added 3 teaspoons... he has a 10 gallon tank. i wanted to be safe! if thats not enough, ill add more if you guys think i should. ill keep up with the water changes too...and do what you guys say..

thankyou so much for the replys.. it means alot to me.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:54 PM   #7 
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You need 1 tsp per gallon, and most 10g tanks actually hold 8-9 gallons so you could start with 8-9 tsp, however you can't overdose going a full 10

Also more info would make sure we're not missing anything :http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:07 PM   #8 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 10 litres
What temperature is your tank? 26 degrees
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? no

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? flackes and frozen prawns
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? twice a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50 % and 100% for the second change
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? aqua safe

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
no
Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? yes, has a belly
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? yes, has trouble swimming, sits on the bottom on the bowl or on the castle alot
When did you start noticing the symptoms? a month ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? yes, tried fasting, tried a pea, tried epsom salts,
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no, been strong as an ox
How old is your fish (approximately)? 2 years
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:11 PM   #9 
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Is the castle by penn plax? How long has he had it?

If you fed a pea he should have pooped it within 24 hours..
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:40 PM   #10 
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the temp says 26 degrees... i hope it's celcius lol
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