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Old 09-19-2010, 02:31 AM   #1 
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New Fish Emergency!

So we got a new male betta today, a double tail. Well he looked fine and was swimming around fine in his cup but when we got him home and put him in his new tank I noticed something didn't look right. His lower body (codual fin area) looks bloated and his dorsal fin is starting to curl at the tips. He also just wants to chill at the surface, and when he does swim towards the bottom it takes quite a bit of effort and he just floats right back up as soon as he stops struggling. (hes only in a one gallon) I'm not sure whats wrong with him. Here are a few pictures to show what I mean. They aren't great, but its something.
Struggling to get towards the bottom:

Chilling at the surface:

If you look closly you can kinda see his weird bloat-y-ness, Its the best picture I could get
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:00 AM   #2 
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Well i have had this happen to my with my first betta, Sorry i can't help out with telling the sickness but i wanted to know what this was too! Also that bump on the edging could be a tumor.
(again im not good with diseases)

I am with you on not knowing, so can anyone help us out? Why do some bettas have hard times swimming to the bottom and float back up?

Is it swim bladder?
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Double tails have short stubby bodies. It's 100% normal for them to look a little bloated even if they're not. That little bump is also 100% normal. All my DTs have had it.
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:18 AM   #4 
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do you know why they float to the top reluctantly?
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:07 AM   #5 
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Double tails have short stubby bodies. It's 100% normal for them to look a little bloated even if they're not. That little bump is also 100% normal. All my DTs have had it.
Strange... I also notice a litte "comb" like a rooster might have. Right up in front of his dorsal fins (the ones that are starting to curl) is that normal as well?
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