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Old 04-27-2011, 06:15 PM   #1 
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Franticly swimming looks distressed!

I posed yesterday about fin rot and red spots. The spots have disappeared and the fin rot does not seem to be progressing but...

I just did a water change, gave him a new fake plant and started him on his new food Aqueon pellets as recommend by someone on this Forum.

after about an hour or so I went to check on him and I noticed that he was/is swimming around franticly with his butt in the air. He looks really distressed. His belly is puffy.

I only fed him a few pellets.

after franticly swimming he swims sideways and than starts to bite at things. I have never seen him act so upset.

Whats wrong? Is he having an illergit reaction to the new food? the PH and Ammonia levels read normal. Water temp is 80.

Please help figure out whats wrong with MR. KEVIN FISH!
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:57 PM   #2 
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How many is a few? Did you remember water condtioner?
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:59 PM   #3 
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Like 4 or 5 (they are super small). And Yes I just bought new water conditioner. Betta Bowl Plus by Agueon plus 1/2 tsp Aquarium salt for 1 gallon tank.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:22 PM   #4 
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Take out the plant, stop the new food, do a 100% water change. Condition the water and leave out the salt for now.

On the bottle of new food, what is the expiration date?
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:27 PM   #5 
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I think it says Ex 08FEB14.... Should I return the food or just fast him for a day and re try the new food? Before I bought this food he was just eating Freeze dried bloodworm but I was told by someone on this forum that that shouldnt be used as an everyday food but as a once a week treat.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:31 PM   #6 
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What will leaving out the Salt do? And my PH is high. its at 7.8-8.0
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:34 PM   #7 
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I'd let him fast a day or more... let him work this food out of his system. He may be having gastric distres because the food is so different than what he's been used to.

Also, you'll want to soak any pellets in water a bit before gets them, so they don't cause problems as they go through his system.

After a good water change and fasting, and when he is behaving normally again, you might try giving him 1 soaked pellet, and see what his reaction is.

Food (even new food) can be tainted. Or he may have a weird fishy allergy.
In any event, always introduce new food cautiously... it sometimes can go very wrong.

How old is your betta, btw?
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I have no idea how old. I bought him in march from Petsmart
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Your betta should be used to the PH, unless you are giving him water from a different source than he's used to.

Leaving out the salt will help rule out the salt as a source of illness. I know you said he was undergoing treatment for fin rot and red spots. How long have you been putting salt in his tank?
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I have always used salt.
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