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Old 10-06-2013, 12:00 PM   #1 
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betta staying at bottom of tank

My betta is about a year old and has been staying at the bottom of his tank on and off for about three weeks. His water parameters are normal and he was eating normally until yesterday. The last several days he just stays on the bottom. I do a partial water change once a week.

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Old 10-06-2013, 02:48 PM   #2 
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Can you post a photo of him?

Also, can you fill out the form below so that we have more information? Answer what you can. Leave anything else blank or put NA.

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Housing:
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? (Brand name)
How often do you feed your betta fish?
What amount do you feed each time? (# pellets/flakes, etc)

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?
When was the last water change?

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

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?
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)?
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:58 PM   #3 
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Housing:
What size is your tank? 5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 82
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? (Brand name) aqueon
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day
What amount do you feed each time? (# pellets/flakes, etc) 5

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? once a wekk
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra Aqua Safe
When was the last water change? yesterday, Saturday, Oct 5th


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

Ammonia: none
Nitrite:
Nitrate: none
pH: 7.3
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? thinner
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? lethargic, stays at bottom of tank,
When did you start noticing the symptoms? few weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? tried giving a pea for constipation and it seemed to help, started on tetra ;ifeguard yesterday.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately) 1yr


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Old 10-06-2013, 10:21 PM   #4 
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Does he look bloated at all?
Does he get constipated often?

Since the pea helped, it could be that he needs a higher-protein food. Aqueon is a decent food, but it has a lot of grains/fillers. Read the label, and look for words like "wheat, corn, soybean, gluten, rice, etc." These can be constipating to some bettas.

I would consider switching his food to a quality protein-based pellet. On this forum, two brands are often recommended: New Life Spectrum Betta pellets, and Omega One Betta Buffet pellets.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:00 AM   #5 
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He hasn't eaten on two days. He doesn't look bloated. The first time he seemed constipated was after being on a weekend feeder. Would he suddenly need a higher protein diet?
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:39 AM   #6 
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He is staying on the bottom of the tank and seemed to be lying on his side or vertical today. I retested the water and everything is OK. Ate a little of the pea, but I don't see him poop. He seems discolored right above his tail, paler in color then the rest of him. Is there anything else I can do for him besides the pea and the medicine?
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:29 AM   #7 
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Oscar is still hanging out at the bottom of the tank. He is much paler than in my profile picture now. I put him on erythromycin, but he doesn;t seem to improve. Eats very little. Please someone give me some idea what to do. I don't know if this is swimbladder, his buoyancy is off and sometimes he lays on his side sometimes.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:57 PM   #8 
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Can you post a smaller picture? The other one was really large, and I couldn't see it well on my computer.

I would not use medications like erithromycin right now.

Since the pea helped, I would try a low dosage of Epsom salt. Put some tank water in a cup. Stir in 2.5 teaspoons Epsom salt. Be sure the salt is completely dissolved. Then slowly pour the solution into the tank over the course of about 15-30 minutes. (This will provide 0.5 teaspoons Epsom salt per gallon.)

If you don't have Epsom salt, you can get it at supermarkets and pharmacies. (Walmart, Walgreens, Publix, CVS, etc.) It should be 100% magnesium sulfate. (No dyes, additives, or perfumes.) It is not expensive.

Epsom salt will not harm live plants, if you have any.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:16 AM   #9 
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A smaller picture of him is my avatar. I also took another one this morning and have tried to upload it. He is still on the bottom. Do you think I should move him to a smaller tank? But then he wouldn't have heat or a filter. Thanks!
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