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Old 10-23-2010, 01:21 AM   #1 
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Swim bladder disorder?

Hey everyone,

My betta Jaws has recently recovered from fin rot/fungus :] You may have read my previous posts on here about his ailments.
And now I have yet another question - I believe he has a swim bladder problem. This morning before i went to work, he was floating on his side, flailing around, and pooping quite a bit. It even got to the point where he was floating upside down but still breathing. I went to work, knowing what i was going to come home to, but surprisingly the little guy is still alive.
He's not floating on his side anymore, but still seems to be having difficulty breathing.. I moved him from his tank and into a small plastic tub for now.
So is it just his swim bladder? or could it be more serious?
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:14 AM   #2 
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You might try the Epsom salt treatment and see if that will help-however, since he has been sick and treated the swim bladder could be damaged and not a lot you can do...it all depends on the whats and whys.....

Epsom salt 1tsp/gal along with 100% water changes for 10 days while in QT
Pre-mix the salt in a 1g jug to make water changes and correct dosage easier

Epsom salt can help with buoyancy problems and reduce edema-he may have a plug in the duct, the duct may be swollen/inflamed/infected-sometimes these problems are genetic related too or from poor husbandry at the breeders.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:23 PM   #3 
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You will need to fast him for a few days as well.
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