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Old 05-30-2013, 10:13 PM   #1 
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Hey Everyone,

My poor guy is not acting like himself. He's not swimming around, barley eating, and floats on his side now. Im thinking he has Constipation or has swim bladder disease.. I am going to do a water change and try giving him a pea. Im not sure what else to do. This is the first time having any problems. Open to any suggestions/opinions. Thanks so much!!





Housing
What size is your tank? 10 Gal
What temperature is your tank? 75-80
Does your tank have a filter? YES
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? NONE

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? HBH Betta Bites
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 times a day about 3 pellets

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? TWICE A MONTH
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%/100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? TOP FIN Betta Water Conditioner

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, seems a little bloated.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Yes, Not swimming, Not coming up to the top of the tank anymore when i walk by
When did you start noticing the symptoms? last Week
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? NO
Does your fish have any history of being ill? NO
How old is your fish (approximately)? Almost 1
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:16 PM   #2 
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Here Hes just laying on his side. He has never done this before.
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Is your tank heavily planted that's why you only do water changes twice a month? If not then it's not recommended to continue doing that you should change the water at least once or twice a week. Also get a test water kit to rule out any poisoning.

It sounds like swim bladder disorder, just don't feed them for a few days and give them a boiled or microwaved frozen pea if that doesn't work epsom salt can help. If you plan to do this do your research online on how to prepare it and feed it to your fish :)
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:25 PM   #4 
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:28 PM   #5 
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No its not heavily planted, he has just surrounded himself by all of them. I only change it that many times because i was told that I wouldnt have to do weeklys since I have a filter and its just him in a 10 gal... I plan on going back to more frequent changes. I will pick up a water test kit tomorrow. Should I just get the strip tests or can I take a sample of water to be tested? My first thought was swim bladder. I have been researching the epsom salt, etc. Thanks.


Oh, should I change the water now and save a sample or wait for the test?
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:39 PM   #7 
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I would save a sample to test for tomorrow, and go ahead and do a 25-50% change now. Nothing major as he is sick. I would act quickly, though. I lost one of my best formed males (that I was going to breed no less) to SBD over night. Please don't wait on this.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:40 PM   #8 
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Do you have Epsom salt? It should be 100% magnesium sulfate. (No dyes, perfumes or additives.) It's available at pharmacies and supermarkets. (But not at pet stores!)

Since he's having trouble swimming, you might want to move him into a smaller, shallow tank or bowl. Or you can lower the water level in his 10 gal tank so that he can reach the surface more easily.

To treat with Epsom salt:
  1. 1) Scoop some tank water into a cup.
  2. 2) Add 1 teaspoon Epsom salt per gallon to the cup. Stir until the salt is completely dissolved. For example:
    1 gal tank = add 1 teaspoon Epsom salt
    5 gal tank = add 5 teaspoons Epsom salt
    10 gal tank = add 10 teaspoons Epsom salt)
  3. 3) Slowly pour the Epsom salt solution into the tank, over the course of about an hour.

Even better, I would move him into a shallow, 1 gallon container/bowl/tank, and do the following. This will provide a 100% water change for him, and allow him to reach the surface more easily:
  1. Note the temperature of the water.
  2. Using a plastic cup, scoop him, along with some of his water, into the cup.
  3. Clean out the tank. Refill with water at the SAME temp. Be sure to add the correct amount of water conditioner.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt per gallon of water. For example:
    1 gal tank = add 1 teaspoon Epsom salt.
    2.5 gal tank = add 2.5 teaspoons Epsom salt. Etc....
  5. Stir until the Epsom salt is completely dissolved.
  6. Float his cup in the tank for about 15 min.
  7. Add a SMALL amount of NEW water to the cup. (Several tablespoons, or about 1.5 ounces.)
  8. Let his cup float for about 10 min.
  9. If the cup starts to fill too much, remove a SMALL amount of water from the cup. Discard it.
  10. Repeat steps 5-7, until an hour (or more) has passed.
  11. Gently release him into the tank.

Also, cover the tank with plastic vegetable wrap. This will increase the humidity, and allow him to breathe more easily.

Edited to add: Epsom salt at this dosage will not harm plants.

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Yeah, I am getting nervous about his well being.. I will go ahead and do that. Sorry to hear about you losing one of yours.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:43 PM   #10 
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No I dont have any, but I will pick it up tomorrow. Should I leave him in as I pour the epsom salt in? How many days should that be done for?
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