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Old 03-18-2013, 04:33 AM   #1 
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betta swiming funny

I just noticed my betta swimming funny. He acts like he cant swim downwards like something is stopping his back half from going stright down. He was fine yesterday now he he acting funny.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:54 AM   #2 
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What size is your tank?
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
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
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?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
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Hardness:
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Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:56 PM   #3 
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[u]Housing
What size is your tank? 50 gal
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have a filter? Yes biowheel
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? Some mollies platys rasboras and plecos

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? New life spectrum
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Recently treated for ich so was changing every other day but will be doing a 50% change today to start removing the salt from the water
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? %25-%50
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Stress coat normally

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I haven't checked yet for today
Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Last night he started swimming funny like he couldn't keep his tail end down
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Last night
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No. I haven't i have no idea what is wrong with him
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No. Although i did just finish treating the tank for ich that a few of the tank mates had
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:28 PM   #4 
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Actually i just check him and it looks like his front half is wrong like swollen or bloated
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:12 PM   #5 
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Sounds like he may have a swim bladder issue. Have you fasted him at all? If yours is anything like mine he will eat ANYTHING put into the tank whether its meant for him or not. You may have to remove him to properly fast him & may have to add epsom salt to help with the bloating.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:00 PM   #6 
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How long has this tank been set up and how are you maintaining the filter?

Are you sure it's fully cycled? Cycling takes up to 2 months..
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:15 PM   #7 
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How long has this tank been set up and how are you maintaining the filter?

Are you sure it's fully cycled? Cycling takes up to 2 months..
Yes my tank is fully established. Started it just after Christmas using quick cycle and ran the tank with filter and heater for a week. I am due for a big water change with filter cartridge change now that I've completed my ich treatment

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Sounds like he may have a swim bladder issue. Have you fasted him at all? If yours is anything like mine he will eat ANYTHING put into the tank whether its meant for him or not. You may have to remove him to properly fast him & may have to add epsom salt to help with the bloating.

I usually fast the whole tank on Sundays but i did miss this week and fed them in the morning cause one of the platy had her babies. I do have a 2.5 gal tank i could use to separate him but last time i did that he got mopey like he was unhappy and only perked back up when i put him back in the big tank with everyone else
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:43 AM   #8 
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I would remove him so you can better monitor him & fast him. I had a female who couldn't swim down no matter what, she'd bob right back up to the top. I fasted her 48 hrs, fed her one pellet, fasted her for another 48 hrs & then she was fine. If you can't ensure that he won't the other fish food he needs to be removed & yep they can get mopey when put into such a smaller space. You can add espsom salt to help if you want but it may not be a necessity.
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I would remove him so you can better monitor him & fast him. I had a female who couldn't swim down no matter what, she'd bob right back up to the top. I fasted her 48 hrs, fed her one pellet, fasted her for another 48 hrs & then she was fine. If you can't ensure that he won't the other fish food he needs to be removed & yep they can get mopey when put into such a smaller space. You can add espsom salt to help if you want but it may not be a necessity.
I can put him in my partitioned breeder box to make sure he doesn't get to the others food. What exactly will the epsom salt do and how much would i use if idid find it nessisary to seperate him?
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:56 PM   #10 
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I had the same problem when Finn was in our freshie tank! I had to remove him into a separate tank and within about 36 hours he was swimming fine.
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