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Old 05-01-2010, 06:12 PM   #1 
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bloating and floating

My betta fish suddenly became bloated while I was at work. Is abdomen is badly bloated and it is struggling to stay below the surface. There is no pineconing yet and he it is mainly his left side that is floating upwards. His left eye shows some signs of being pushed further out by the bloating.

I feed him a pellet twice a day

and do regular changes

he is in a 1.5 gal filtered tank

what could it be and what are some remedies?

Im about to move him into a bowl with clean water as well as fast him
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Old 05-01-2010, 06:20 PM   #2 
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It sounds like it's Swim Bladder Disorder (SBD). Could you take a picture of him though? How often do you clean the 1.5G? Is the tank heated?
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:04 PM   #3 
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I would but my camera isn't working - there's no pineconing or discoloration of his eyes (yet),it just seems like there's too much air in his stomach.

I do a 50% change each week.

It's filtered but not heated - however the water is a steady 90C because of my rooms heat.

I initially thought it was SBD but wasn't sure - what causes it? what do you think?

thank you for responding btw
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:23 PM   #4 
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IMO a filter is useless in a 1.5G. A 1.5G should be cleaned at least 100% twice a week. Ammonia will build up VERY quickly in smaller tanks. Try to keep the water warm and clean and put a towel or something over his tank so he's dark. Also, I would fast him and check to see if he's pooping. He could be just bloated. If you can get your hands on daphnia, I would. It helps with constipation.
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:53 PM   #5 
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wow, thanks for the advice - ill fast him and check for bowel movements - ill also start changing the water more frequently.

daphnia and boiled peas help too right?

thank you again
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:14 PM   #6 
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IMO a filter is useless in a 1.5G.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
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Old 05-01-2010, 09:22 PM   #7 
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Peas aren't good for them. Their digestive system doesn't agree with it. Daphnia is a lot safer. And, you're welcome. :)
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