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Old 11-15-2011, 11:42 AM   #1 
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Mystery to me

My daughters betta has been acting the same way for the past four months. He lays at the top of tank in a corner on his side. When he tries to swim it looks like he is struggling. He is not bloated and only moves when I go to feed him.

Any ideas about what could possibly be the problem?
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:44 PM   #2 
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Could you provide the tank size, temperature, water change schedule (how much you're changing too), if there's a filter, tank mates if any?


He's not having trouble staying upright, swimming up, or swimming down when he does swim, does he?
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:46 PM   #3 
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Tank size: 2 1/2 gallon
Water temp: 78
Water change: 50% every 2 days
Filter: Yes
Water Mates: No
Heater: Yes
Age: I have had him for 2 1/2 yrs
Eats: 2-3 pellets twice a day

When he does swim he seems to struggle...kind of looks like he is flopping around when he first starts to swim. If he isn't swimming, then he is on his side. He stays at the top of the tank at all times in the same corner unless it is feeding time. He does not swim to the bottom of the tank at all anymore.

Treated for fungus when this behavior first started 4 months ago per the pet store, but no change.
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:40 PM   #4 
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Try 1 tsp/gal epsom salt (Dissolve before adding). His age could be playing a very large factor as well.

You could safely get away with 50% weekly changes since you have a filter for the tank, but while on epsom salt you'll want to do 100% daily.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:54 AM   #5 
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Should I do the Epson Salt treatment in his tank or should I use a smaller one?

Do I use the water conditioner in the water when doing the treatment?

How long should I continue the treatment?

Thanks for all of your help!
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:23 PM   #6 
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It's easier to have him in a smaller container since you'll be doing 100% water changes daily.

Definitely use dechlorinator for any time you put in new water.

For treatment, you go a full 10 days if it's a swim bladder issue since that is usually long enough for everything to be resolved (Maximum safe usage time is 14 days). Even if he looks to be fine after the first day, he may relapse if you take him off treatment too quickly.
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:37 PM   #7 
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Thank You! I will do this right away and keep you posted on how he is doing.
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