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Old 02-07-2011, 06:55 PM   #1 
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SBD or no?

I got a new VT from Walmart the other day I cant tell if it is sbd or not please any advice would help he usualy swims in this position / and hangs out mostly at the bottom what treatment would I use if it is?





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Old 02-07-2011, 07:20 PM   #2 
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How big is your tank, how much and how often are the water changes, additives used, filtration, live plants, water temp....any other symptoms...appetite....
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:46 PM   #3 
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well I only had him for a day. He is currently in a 1 gallon tank. I am fixing to set up a ten gallon tank divided three ways but I want to make sure he is healthy before I put him in. I will use Prime as the water conditioner and I have silk plants. It will be filtered. He is eating just fine. I just dont like the fact that he is always slanted and dont move around much like my other bettas. I guess I wanna nip it in the butt before it gets worse
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:57 PM   #4 
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What is the water temp

And he is slanted?....swimming sideways,,,skimming the top, having buoyancy issues...how is his appetite...I know he is new...but this information will help me help you....help him.....
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:27 AM   #5 
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yes he is slanted he always swims with his body looking like this symbol / his appetite is good he eats all that I give him the water is usually between 74-78 depends how warm I keep the living room. I do not have a heater in the tank cause I cant afford to buy one for a 1 gallon Im not sure what skimming the top or buoyancy issues would look like
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:21 AM   #6 
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Although your water temps are not that low...some Bettas can be more sensitive to cooler water than others...especially long term...but you also haven't had him for very long either....

I would start a 10 day Epsom salt treatment on him and see if that will help any.

Put him in a small QT container that can be floated in the heated tank (attached to the side so it doesn't sink)
Get a clean 1gal jug and fill with dechlorinated water of like temp and add 1tsp/gal Epsom salt(Not aquarium salt) use this water for 100% daily water changes for 2 days-then increase the Epsom salt 2tsp/gal and continue the 100% daily water changes with this water for 7 more days-pre mixing the treatment water will help make water changes and correct dosage easier

Hold all food for the first 3 days and then offer half feeding twice a day during treatment

Maintain water temp in the 76-78F range

You can also add tannins to the Epsom salt treatment water from either-naturally dried and fallen from the tree Oak leaf (10-12 crushed/gal) or Indian almond leaf or blackwater extract or decaf green tea-let one of these steep in the treatment water for at least 1 hour before use-the longer it steeps the more tannins released the dark the water the more the Betta will like it...shake well before use

Make sure the pre-mix treatment water is within a couple of degree in temp between the QT water-so not to cause temp shock problems.

Covering the top of the QT container with plastic veggie wrap will also help by keeping the air above the water warm and humid for the labyrinth organ.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:39 PM   #7 
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thank you OFL I always respect and listen to your advice
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