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Old 12-27-2013, 09:04 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Bloating

I have posted here before when Fizz came down with mild Swim Bladder Disorder back in July. He was cured of it and has done fine until now. http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=227522

Currently he is showing signs of bloating. Starting around the end of November/early December I noticed this starting to happen. I would feed him and sometimes he would bloat a bit so I fasted him for a day or two and it goes down partially. This is the worse I have seen it. I have seen him poop so I do not think it is constipation.

I am honestly puzzled on what to do.

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Housing
What size is your tank? -1.5 Gallon
What temperature is your tank? -Ranges between 78-80
Does your tank have a filter? -Yes.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? -No.
Is your tank heated? -I have a heater I need to install.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? -None.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3-5 pellets. Once a day, 6 days a week. [Unless he is bloated. Then I fast him the next day.]

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%-100% Depending on water conditions.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Either Aqua Safe or Stress Coat

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

Ammonia: N/A
Nitrite: N/A
Nitrate: N/A
pH: N/A
Hardness: N/A
Alkalinity: N/A

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Bloated on one side, partially on the other.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Mostly normal except a little lethargic at times.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Probably a few weeks ago. For a while I thought it was because I was feeding him too much, but now his bloating is concerning.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Swim Bladder Disorder
How old is your fish (approximately)? I received him in March of this year.

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Old 12-27-2013, 10:21 PM   #2 
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I will fast him again tonight and then do his usual water change tomorrow, as well as install the heater probably.
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Morning Update: His bloating still hasn't gone down. I figure if it will at all it will be down a little tonight. We shall see.
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Do you know what color his poop is?
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Do you know what color his poop is?
It's its usual color, some kind of brown color.
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Have you treated with Epsom Salt?
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Have you treated with Epsom Salt?
I haven't done anything yet. That is why I posted. I am unsure on what to do.
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I would start with some Epsom salt treatments. Add 1 tsp per g, pre-dissolved to his tank. I would do water changes every couple days and add ES. If you take out 50% of the water add .5 tsp per g pre-dissolved, if you take out all the water add 1 tsp per g pre-dissolved.
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I would start with some Epsom salt treatments. Add 1 tsp per g, pre-dissolved to his tank. I would do water changes every couple days and add ES. If you take out 50% of the water add .5 tsp per g pre-dissolved, if you take out all the water add 1 tsp per g pre-dissolved.
I'm going ahead an placing him in a QT bowl. It will be easier to do the water changes in. I can also see if he poops easier or not. I did this back when he had swim bladder (see link in first post.) But since we are getting cold snaps I think I should put his heater in as well. Would that be okay with the Epsom salt?
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I'm going ahead an placing him in a QT bowl. It will be easier to do the water changes in. I can also see if he poops easier or not. I did this back when he had swim bladder (see link in first post.) But since we are getting cold snaps I think I should put his heater in as well. Would that be okay with the Epsom salt?
Yes, just dose it for your QT tank size. Isn't your tank already 1.5 g? How big is the QT tank? Most QT tanks are between .5 g - 3g.
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