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Old 12-04-2011, 07:23 PM   #81 
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Help! My bettas are bucking up and down kind of. There are many on the bottom and they can swim, but they swim up and sink a little, up and sink a little...I'm going to do a water change now. They're 12 days and have been on egg yolk, microworms, and crushed pellets. Tank is 1/2 full 10 gallon.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:32 PM   #82 
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Could they have eaten too much? I think overeating can affect their swim bladders when they're this young. :( My best advice is PM OFL since she's bred bettas many times. I'm sorry, I've got my fingers crossed that they aren't seriously ill. *hugs*
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:47 PM   #83 
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Thanks Sakura, I'll pm her... I'd say half look fine and half are chillin on the bottom.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:54 PM   #84 
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Could there have been a sudden fluctuation in temperature? So strange. I'm sorry I can't be of more help. :(
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:11 PM   #85 
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No I don't think so, the fry tank is heated with a very reliable heater and I think the main heater has been on the whole time as well.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:13 PM   #86 
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Oh Greentea! D: Hope the babies are ok...such fragile little creatures.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:53 PM   #87 
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This could be many thing, but the only thing I can come up with (as Sakura said), maybe it is the feeding. How many times do you feed them a day? Also betta pellets, even when at a fine crush are known to bloat adults so maybe you can check for bloat.

I hope everything goes back to normal. Also take into consideration that the fry could be like this temporarily. Don't think the worse. From what I've read, you have been doing a great job.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:57 PM   #88 
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Ok thanks BL that's reassuring...they've just been fed crushed pellets once, feeding twice a day and clearing wasted food quickly.
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:01 PM   #89 
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Right, BL, this kind of reminds me of Punki's Miss Piggy so that's why I wondered if it was a food issue. If it is, then you'll be happy to know that the baby betta in question made a full recovery, Green Tea.
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Maybe try feeding about 3-4 times a day, with the same foods, just in smaller portions. And then see if that helps.

Just to add: @Sakura, I know! Miss Piggy made a great recovery and is living a happy life. She is still lives up to her name as well.
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