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Old 05-18-2010, 07:18 PM   #1 
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Louie needs a Betta Doctor

I have a sick Betta. I've researched a lot on the web. Alot of the diseases
I've read about have one or two of the symptoms Louie has but he doesn't have
the majority of them (enough to say 'that's it!). I don't know what this
could be. Please help!

I've had him for 8 mos with no problems.. very healthy and happy (with
young-like characteristics). Started this problem one week ago with lethargy,
sleepiness. Was too sleepy or sick or ?? to eat the first day; since then he
has been eating his entire meal (2-3 pellets twice a day) but not with enthusiasm
like before. He has bloating where his chest would be, not stomach. He has color
loss, but this is not completely unusual for him. His color is light gray and
is 'streaked' or marbled color going back toward his fins/tail.
Aside from occasionally allowing his body to float up sideways until he
corrects it, he stays horizontal, but doesn't swim much. He's really not
hiding much. I was late in changing his water by about five days before
he started this. As soon as I saw his condition starting, I changed the water.


He is in a 1 gal bowl.
No live plants but small plastic ones
Water temp is 79-80
Full water changes once a week; started partial changes this week (he perked up
a bit after the first) -Yesterday I changed 50% of water, scooping debris
No filters/water treatment
No tank buddies.
He is fed 2-3 pellts twice a day 5:00 am and 5:00 pm
No treatment as of yet

Thank you for your help!!!!!!!!1

This is today and 4 mos ago
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:55 PM   #2 
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It sounds like he could be constipated!! Do you normally feed him daphnia or maybe a bit of boiled frozen green pea as part of his weekly diet? Many people recommend feeding em 5 days a week, no food for 1 day, then feed some daphnia or green pea on the 7th day.
Do you think he has swim bladder disease?
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:06 PM   #3 
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You might want to try a bit more frequent water changes. Amonia builds up quickly in smaller tanks. My half a gallon tank has 100 precent water changes once daily, occasionally twice daily.
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:25 PM   #4 
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sounds like swim bladder disease due to constipation I would try fasting him for a few days and see what happens. Once the compaction moves his swim bladder should not be pushed on as much and it will be able to deflate itself so he can swim normally.
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:27 PM   #5 
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His belly does look overly fat! I agree- no food for 2-3 days at least
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:33 PM   #6 
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His belly does look overly fat! I agree- no food for 2-3 days at least
Keep us updated hopefully it will work. Some people also like to feed them daphina after fasting them too because it is easy on the digest tract or they start soaking the pellets or flakes first before feeding.

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Old 05-18-2010, 10:37 PM   #7 
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Hmm....... one of my betta's bellies is lookin overly fat too..... He isn't floating/swimming funny yet. However, prevention @ the onset of signs of sickness is 'key' though! As the pea thing doesn't seem to be workin well for my lil guys, I'll be picking up some daphnia sometime soon!
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:51 PM   #8 
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Hold all food for at least 4 days and make 100% water changes daily for the next 5 days, feed very small amount on day 5 and the stay with every other day 50% water changes and feeding.
If no improvement in 5 day add Epsom salt 1tsp/gal along with daily water changes for 5 more days along with fast..
Keep us posted of progress.....
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:57 PM   #9 
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My betta had similar symptoms......do the water changes daily.....make sure to use a water conditioner......i would start the aquarium salts now.....dilute the measured amount into a gallon jug with some conditioner......use the jug water for your changes.....follow all previous advice on eating.

Should see improvements ..... with mine within hours of adding the new water with the salts he perked right up
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:04 AM   #10 
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Got it

Thanks so much for your helpful replies. I will check on the daphina (I go to a family-owned pet store who should have it??).

About the constipation: I didn't think that was the problem because I thought the bloating had to be more in the middle of his body. Also, I do fast him and my other betta once weekly. Do you think I should bump it up to more often regularly after this??
I am just so HAPPY that you all think it's not fatal if I follow your suggestions. I was scared to death that I'd come home to him floating on his side... I've become so attached to him and his 'brother'.

I'll keep you posted.. Thanks so so so much!

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