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Old 05-30-2013, 06:18 PM   #1 
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Hi. So I bought my male betta back in April. I had kept him in a small bowl up until almost two weeks ago. I decided to move him into a 1.25 gallon tank that I have had in my basement. Before I moved him over I cleaned the new tank to make it seem new and added some aquatic rocks. The tank has a simple air filter. He seemed as happy as could be up until 3 days ago when he just seems to float around in the water. As time went on he seemed to get sicker and sicker. Now he is helplessly floating on his side at the bottom of his tank. I noticed some what I thought to be fungi near his gills eariler today but it has seemed to disapeared. I have moved him out of his larger tank back into the container he came in from the pet store. I have been fasting him since last night. I tried the pea this afternoon and he rejected that. I beleive it is just Swim Bladder Disease but I am not entirely sure. If any of you could help me out it would be amazing!

Housing
What size is your tank? 1.25 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 74-80 F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes: Air filter
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Aqua Culture Aquarium buble stone (Twin pack)
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqua Culture Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? (Before fasting) 2x a day, 1-3 pellets

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 85%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? CaribSea Ready-Water (Preconditioned water for Freshwater Aquaria)

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
N/A
Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? See above
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?
How old is your fish (approximately)?

I have been using this water since April so i do not believe it is a problem. I am almost positive is is SBD, but I just wanted to ask you guys in case it is something more serious
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:02 PM   #2 
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A few things stand out to me.

1) He needs a heater to provide constant, reliable heat. If it is too cold, or h experiences temp swings he can become ill.
2) You need to do more water changes. Your water change routine is the same as mine in a 10 g. In a tank that small the water should be changed at least every other day.
3) If it is SBD you should add 1 tsp of Epsom salt per g of water. Go and pick up some frozen daphnia and get an eye dropper (it's so much easier that way). Offer him a small amount of daphnia. It is a natural laxative, so it will help to keep his digestive tract moving.

Also, is there any way that you could get a couple more pics of him. Maybe a top shot and both sides straight on (or as close to as possible) would be nice. Try to zoom in enough that he takes up the entire frame. That way we get a good look of him all over.

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It is currently 83F inside my house so I felt like there isnt a need to add a heater. Ill begin changing the water at this rate. Is Epsom salt similar to Aquarium salt? I can easily get some if need be.
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Comparing him to an older picture of him: He seems to have lost some of his color. More of a grayer duller color now if this helps at all.
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Epsom salt is not aquarium salt. You can get it at your local drug store (just make sure it's pure Epsom salt with no additives), a small carton of it is like $1.99 at WalGreens. It helps to relieve swelling. Aquarium salt will encourage fluid retention and should not be used in cases of SBD.

Color loss goes along with the stress of being sick.

Does he have white specs on him? Also, does he have a fungus like growth on his gills? I know you mentioned you noticed something, but then it appeared to be gone, but it looks like there may be something in the pictures.
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After adding some epsom and him denying the laxitave, I woke up this morning to find he is no longer with us. Thank you for all your advice, he seemed his happiest in his last hours.
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I'm sorry for your loss. I was thinking in a couple of those pictures he looked pretty bad. I think there was more going on than SDB.

If you do end up getting another little guy or girl, I would highly recommend investing in a heater. It will help to maintain the temperature of the tank at a steady temp. Temp shifts can stress a fish and make it more likely they will get sick. If the water temp is already warm, the heater will shut off. If it starts to get cooler, it will warm up again to keep it steady. And, improvements in water changes will def help keep illness away in your next fish. Without frequent water changes the ammonia, nitrates and nitrites will build up and those make fish sick. Bettas are fairly hardy, but they can only handle so long of frequent bad water before they start to show signs of illness.

Again, I am sorry for your loss. He was clearly a very loved little boy.
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