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Old 08-28-2011, 08:52 PM   #1 
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New fish & swimming problems

So I went today.. and I guess this can be her introduction thread too. I went today, bought two thermometers and a mini heater.. and left the store without buying any bettas. I was so incredibly proud of myself. But while I was there I saw this little girl and wanted her really badly and had to walk away. Then my mom was like, why didn't you get her? So I turned around, made another trip and picked her up. :3

Her name is Florence, by the way.

But she's having some swimming problems.. she seems pretty perky, swimming about, she ate already too, no visible signs of distress.. but this happens.



I recorded a video, lol.
She swims fine, but when she stops.. her rear floats up. WHICH IS KINDA CUTE, but if it's not supposed to be that way it's probably annoying for her. Is it a behavioral thing or something like swim bladder?

(enjoy my music, lol)


She's currently in a 2 gal QT tank, temperature 78 degrees, I use API Stress coat & conditioner. No decor yet cause I'm currently waiting on some glue to dry on my new terracotta pots (i don't want little betta heads stuck in the bottom holes). I just got her today, too. I feed my bettas Aqueon Betta Pellets and the occasional bloodworm, and she ate a pellet today.
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:55 PM   #2 
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You could try some epsom salt in with her. 1 tsp/gal for a start to see if works. I've always been recommended epsom salt with swim bladder issues. Just be sure to do 1005 water changes every day for convenience with changing the salt since replacing what you've removed can be iffy.
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Oh cool! Okay, that's a pretty easy fix.
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:06 AM   #4 
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You could try some epsom salt in with her. 1 tsp/gal for a start to see if works. I've always been recommended epsom salt with swim bladder issues. Just be sure to do 1005 water changes every day for convenience with changing the salt since replacing what you've removed can be iffy.
Oh boy...I would faint if I have to do that many changes a day lol
just teasing, PFF
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Oh boy...I would faint if I have to do that many changes a day lol
just teasing, PFF

LOL
that would be a lot of water changes
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:35 AM   #6 
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Stop feeding her she may be bloated too.. also start with 1 tsp of epsom salt per gallon but you can work up to 3 tsp per gallon if she isnt responding correctly also try raising the temp a little it may help her she may have a swim bladder problem
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Oh boy...I would faint if I have to do that many changes a day lol
just teasing, PFF
Whoops~ guess I shouldn't type when I'm tired.
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Her pooper may simply have some air in it, treat as bloat but go easy on the epsom.

Some fish in store end up floating on their sides because the tummy is full of air.

Feed about half a cracked pellet soaked in water for four minutes once a day till it clears up.
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