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Old 02-11-2013, 08:25 PM   #1 
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Choking 3 month betta!

I've had this little guy two weeks now, and have been feeding frozen bloodowrms. he's bigger, so decided to start varying his diet...I added his pellets, and he ate one and I went on to go feed everyone else. ON my way back around I was going to check to see if he ate the other two.

He did, they're gone. My boyfriend saw him spazz around the tank and now he's floating at the surface. he slowly lilts onto his side, then rights himself and takes a breath. I can see him breathing but...I dont know what to do!

He's very healthy and was from a breeder I trust, not a pet store!

Housing
What size is your tank? 5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 81F
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Frozen Blood Worms/ Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day, 6-8 hours apart

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 1-2 times a week depending on ammonia level (either 0 or .25)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime Water Conditioner and Stability

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7.8
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Stress-stripes, fading color
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? slight twitching and now simply trying to breathe while floating on his side until he rights himself only to float back on his side
When did you start noticing the symptoms? five minutes ago my boyfriend alerted me right after I fed them all
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No, I dont know what I can do
Does your fish have any history of being ill? None at all
How old is your fish (approximately)? 3 months and maybe a week.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:53 PM   #2 
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Update:

He's swimming around a bit now, he seems to have dislodged his food...scared the wits out of me. His color's back and he's not floating any more, he's in control.

Gonna keep his light off to minimize stress and keep an eye on him.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:01 PM   #3 
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You could always try putting the pellet in seperate water to soak it so it makes it kind of mushy. Make it easier for him to eat.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:15 PM   #4 
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I may end up doing that. But I think the dude attempted two too many pellets too soon. Cuz he's had them one at a time before and was fine.

And to just spite me, he's doing fine and nosing around in the gravel for more food -_-;
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:23 PM   #5 
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It's great he's doing better! :)
Actually, soaking the food before chow time will leach out all the nutrients. He won't get the necessities he needs to make his body work. Just a FYI. One at a time always works for me.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:23 PM   #6 
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One at a time sounds like the method then.

Bweh...was such a bad scare...
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:38 PM   #7 
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Yep one at a time is how I do it too, Perseus has to chew up one before he gets another, works very well . Glad your fishy is okay now. By the way I love your art !!!!!
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:42 PM   #8 
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Ah, a fan~

Thank you =) I'm glad he's doing better too.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:21 PM   #9 
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Definitely would not soak the pellets. It will leach nutrients. You can get smaller ones though. Try New Life Spectrum grow formula. You can also crush the omega one pellets, but the NLS are better quality for your young one anyway.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:22 PM   #10 
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I'll have to see if PetSmart near me has it. Didnt see it there last time.
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