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Old 05-06-2011, 01:02 PM   #11 
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I love the colours in his fins! :)
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Awww! wuv him! ima stealz him. :o
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:32 PM   #13 
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Very beautiful! Congratulations, and good luck to you and your new buddy! :)
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:03 AM   #14 
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Old 05-07-2011, 03:44 AM   #15 
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Possible problem with this new betta...

Sorry to bother you all again, but I think there is a problem with this new betta... Seriously, I can't handle another problem, but here it is: new betta is not eating after being in his new tank for 30 hours. Now I'm noticing some weird behavior - he keeps twisting oddly with his belly up like he can't stay upright. This can't be good. I'm starting to feel like I am the kiss of death for these poor fish... Any suggestions?
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:35 AM   #16 
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Could have swim bladder disorder... in younger fish, this can be caused by eating too much, feeding dry pellets and/or constipation...

A young fish's digestive tract is tiny, and sometimes it gets clogged up because of its tiny size.

Epsom salt helps to get his digestive tract straightened out. Float your fishy in a container in his tank, then add conditioned water treated with Epsom salt, mixed 1tsp/gal (pre-mix in bucket - make sure the salts are totally disolved and the water temp matches the tank) with 100% water changes for a couple days. No food!

Watch for poop and for the betta to be able to keep itself upright. Then you can return him to his tank. Restart food (soak pellets in tank water first before feeding) in smaller quantities (1 or two pellets a day).

I used this on one of my young betta girls who have sbd and was floating tail up! She recovered in a couple of days.

Any additional questions, feel free to ask. ;)
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Thanks HFFF - I may have to move him to a different tank for awhile though. I have 2 snails in the tank with him and I don't think I can add salt to their tank without hurting the snails... but I'll see if epsom salts work for the fish - he does look kind of like he's bloated down near his tail, kind of a little lump - maybe he is constipated...
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Yes, salt is bad for snails... that's why whenever you treat your betta, he should be treated in a QT container floating in the tank, not the main tank itself.

If you use the bowl he came in, you can float it in the tank. I usually tape my QT containers to the side of the tank, so there's no way it can tip, and pour salty treatment water into the tank.

Good luck to you and your betta! :)
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:11 PM   #19 
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Well, the new betta, which my son has named Moon-white, is looking pretty healthy now and has figured out how to eat! Yay! Thanks for the advice!
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Unfortunately, the snails have both died for reasons unknown... I think that new 5 gallon tank might have something to do with it, so I'm keeping Moon-white in the smaller 1 gallon until I do a little investigating to figure out why everything I put in the bigger tank has died!
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