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Old 12-10-2008, 09:30 PM   #1 
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Unhappy HELP! betta won't leave the surface

My betta won't leave the surface of the water. He sort of floats on his side a lot of the time and when he's actually trying to swim it's as if he physically can't leave the surface. He keeps bobbing back up, and it looks like he's fighting against something to swim down. He reminds me of a buoy. Also, his fins are sometimes sitting above the water. My other bettas are not having any trouble swimming around like normal.

Why is this happening? And how can I fix it?
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:10 PM   #2 
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Sounds like Swim Bladder.

We need more info to help diagnose it more.

Tank size?
How long was the tank up for before the betta was added?
Water Parameters?
Water Change schedule?
Heated?
Filtered?

Anything else?
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:15 PM   #3 
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It's a fairly small tank. A 3 betta tank. Water was changed a week ago. He's been doing this for a few weeks. Have had him since April. He's currently the oldest one I have. Not heated. Not filtered.
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:37 PM   #4 
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3 what? Gallon or liter?

The un-filtered and un-heated tank is your problem. Bettas are tropical fish, and NEED temperatures above 78 all the time. I think 80+ is better. Room temperature is never enough. That is the reason for his lethargic attitude. A small filter would work wonders as well. Look into the Azoo Palm filter.

If it does happen to be swim bladder (sounds liek it a lot), then I can't help there unfortunatley. I am terrible with suggesting meds, especially in FW/bettas.
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:43 PM   #5 
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I will definitely look into it. I've been researching swim bladder and have found suggestions. Thank you.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:13 PM   #6 
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Constipation is the number one cause of swim bladder problems in Bettas. So, before you try any meds, if you can get him to eat, give him a canned pea twice a day for three days and no other food. This may help pass blockage in his digestive tract if that is in fact the problem. Take the shell off of the pea first and since the pea will sink when you put it in the water and he is floating, you are going to have to hold it for him on the surface. I have used a spoon in the past. Hopefully he wont be afraid of the spoon. Best of luck.

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Old 12-11-2008, 12:20 PM   #7 
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You can also try frozen daphnia for constipation.
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Old 12-11-2008, 03:49 PM   #8 
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Thank you so much! I went out and bought peas today. I read somewhere I should fast him for a couple days first. Does that sound right to everyone?
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Old 12-11-2008, 04:22 PM   #9 
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Yep. Dont feed him for 3 days, the give him a pea without a shell on.
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:56 PM   #10 
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Yeah, you can fast him, he sounds like he is really bad, so fasting might speed up the passing of the blockage. Sometimes swim bladder can be caused by bacterial infections of the bladder and other things. So, Just keep a close eye on him while you are fasting him to make sure he is not having other problems besides a constipation problem. Let us know how he recovers!
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