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Old 01-06-2012, 02:06 PM   #1 
chicagojo
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Help! What else can I do to help him?

I just wrote a very long post that somehow disappeared so I will attempt to re-create...long story short, my son's betta Rock N Roll has been having some bad issues with SBD/chronic constipation/some other type of digestive issue for a couple of weeks now and nothing seems to be resolving it. He did almost a week in Epsom 1 tsp/gal and has now been in 3 tsp/gal for the past 5 days, plus I have fed frozen daphnia twice this week, and still last night he got so bad that he was tipping over onto his side again and struggling to swim below the surface.

This is his current pattern, going on for about 2 weeks now:
Day 1: He poops and everything is fine - his appearance and behavior are pretty much normal, he is very active
Day 2: He gets a little less active and seems to be developing some buoyancy issues (trouble staying down, pops back up to the surface)
Day 3: buoyancy issues get worse, he can't stay down at all, begins to look bloated, tips onto his side at times, becomes much less active and typically just rests against the side of the tank at the surface of the water (occasionally swims around a bit but nowhere near normal activity level)

Usually after about 12-18 hrs of Day 3 behavior he FINALLY poops and then the cycle begins again. He started this behavior again last night and as of this morning was looking a bit more lively and active but still hadn't pooped. I don't know what else to do to help him! Any suggestions are appreciated

Housing
What size is your tank? Currently in .5G QT tank (regular tank is 2.5G)
What temperature is your tank? 76-78
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Prviously Hikari Bio Gold, switched to Hikari Micro Pellets yesterday to see if this might help him. Also giving frozen daphnia (in place of pellets) every 3rd day
How often do you feed your betta fish? Currently once a day (was feeding twice a day before these issues started)

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Every day in QT tank
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100% in QT tank
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API Stress Coat, currently also Epsom Salt 3 tsp/G

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? No
If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? see my intro above
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? see my intro above
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about 2 wks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? yes, see intro above
Does your fish have any history of being ill? previous SBD in October, resolved well and he was doing great for a few months before current issues started
How old is your fish (approximately)? We got him in July or August
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