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Old 02-17-2011, 11:34 AM   #1 
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Unhappy I think Garfield is sick, please help!)><(((;>

I got my Betta back in October of 2010, and he has been a very healthy happy fish. However, I noticed for the past 3 days he is swimming sideways and will not eat; and yesterday I noticed his face has turned white. I did a water change, and started using Betafix, but was wondering if there was anything else I could do for him. Poor little guy, ;0(
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:46 PM   #2 
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Welcome to the forum and sorry you are having problems...have a few questions...

How big is the tank, how much and how often are the water changes and when was the last one, water temp, filter, live plants, additives used, appetite, how much and what kind of foods fed, has he ever been sick before and if so how/what did you treat.....any other tankmates?

Other than swimming sideways, not eating and face turning white...any other symptoms......
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:40 AM   #3 
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Hi! Thanks for replying. My Betta is the only fish in a 3 gallon tank with an underground filtration system. I currently have no heater for it yet, but am trying to keep the aquarium at room temperature. I do a full water change once a week, and did a water change 3 days ago. I feed my Betta 1 pellet a day. He doesn't seem to like the pellets, and thinking of switching to flakes once he gets better. I occasionally give him bloodworm treats as well.

The aquarium has 2 artificial plants, one is cloth, and the other is plastic, both came with a Betta fish starter kit. I plan to replace these with live plants in the future.

Garfield has never been sick before, so this is a first for me. Today he has shown improvement in that he has his normal color back, however he continues to swim sideways, but is more active since starting the Bettafix meds. Any information you could provide will be greatly be appreciated, thanks.

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Old 02-19-2011, 03:14 PM   #4 
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For buoyancy issues like side swimming, bobbing, problems staying upright or swimming to the bottom etc......I have found Epsom salt to help, however, if this is related to a genetic disorder-not a lot can be done except to keep them comfy....if it is related to the swim bladder, constipation, impacted, labyrinth organ or inflamed, infected duct...this is what I do....

I would start a 10 day Epsom salt(Not aquarium salt) treatment on him.

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.

Depending on the root cause-this treatment may need to be repeated...also, I do not recommend mixing OTC medication with the Epsom salt treatment...if he seems to be getting better with the current treatment I would complete that course before you try the Epsom salt.

Good luck and keep us posted....
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Old 02-20-2011, 01:26 PM   #5 
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Thank you so much for the advice. I will try that treatment and let you know how my Betta responds to it. I'll keep you posted of his progress. Again, thanks so much!
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:02 PM   #6 
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Update on Garfield.

Garfield is doing well, and has returned to his funky self again. He's eating again, and back to trying to leap out of his 3 gallon aquarium! He is still swimming a little sideways, but seems to be quite happy. Thank you so much for the help! :0)
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:27 PM   #7 
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Thats good to hear..are you using the Epsom salt treatment?
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:58 PM   #8 
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Yes I'm using the treatment. He is still swimming sideways though. Otherwise he is a happy fish. Thanks for the advice.

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