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Old 10-07-2011, 05:04 PM   #21 
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ohhhh XD good because swollen eyes would be a bad sign!!! how much epsom salt are you using???? You can slowly up it to 3 teaspoons per gallon if he gets that bad again.
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:13 PM   #22 
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he is at 1.5 right now :) I did that immediately when he showed the extreme signs! He was at 1 before, so I up'd it plus did a 100% water change and put clean conditioned (with epsom) water in :)

What would swollen eyes mean? o.o
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Old 10-11-2011, 01:10 PM   #23 
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Soooo an update... I've asked my friend if she'd let me keep her betta and she can have one of my healthy ones and she agreed. He seems to "get better" but then declines, then gets better. I noticed, when he was swimming normal that his belly is always bloated. And since he won't recover from SBD it is definitely permanent. Again, if he didn't have such life/fight in him, or actually was sickly, depressed, and listless yeah I probably would have considered culling.... But he doesn't seem too bothered from his condition so I'll give him a chance!

So, I asked my friend also about his old owner. She said he dumped a lot of food each day!! So yeah... He's the survivor of that home, and now he's with me. I do have a question... Can I stop the Epsom? Also, would it be okay if once a month or something he'd get an Epsom bath? Idk if it'll help. I'll also see if he can be okay without Epsom anyways.
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:26 PM   #24 
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Yeah you can stop the Epsom if it isn't getting any better. All epsom really does is cleanse out the bowls and intestines (why people use it). It's a natural laxative. :P
I dunno about the once a month bath...I wouldn't really do it unless he gets worse.
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:11 PM   #25 
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Ok :) yeah poor fella lol. Went to the pet store (find a new post in 5-10 minutes that starts with a rant and ends with a pity save) just to find frozen foods. They only get frozen bloodworms... And right now they only have the giant ones! Thursday is a new order. Would those be good?
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:32 PM   #26 
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I agree with youlovegnats, some people have success with treating SBD with long term epsom use, but if it's not working then don't put him through it. As for the giant blood worms, i guess you could cut them up (eww... lol) or wait to see if they get in anything better in the new shipment =)

Also, swollen eyes are a sign of an internal bacterial infection.
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:35 PM   #27 
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Oh my... okay then well luckily he doesn't have that! :) And okay, I'll do a 100% water change today (I do it every day) and I'll stop the epsom...
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:48 PM   #28 
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haha very lucky!!! If he gets really bad again you can always put him back on epsom, this is just going to be very trial and error XP
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:51 PM   #29 
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Yep!!! lol. I'll go for minor signs...

is it ok for me to feed him the baby fish food? it's got proteins and such (obviously... made for baby fish!) it doesn't have a bad affect, and it's small enough.
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