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Old 01-09-2012, 11:39 PM   #1 
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Swim bladder or oxygen deficiency?

I recently had my betta in his QT tank (about 1/16 gallon) for a good four weeks. I was consistently changing his water 3-4 times a week. Each change contained Epsom salt to treat what i thought was SBD. I have now put him into his 1.5 gallon tank and have fasted him for 2 days. He is now unable to swim to the bottom and is floating on his side at the top. He is not bloated because he has pooped and not eaten in 2 days.

His tank is about 77 degrees and has a heater. It has a rock/cave structure with a fake plant on it. I have heard that they may float due to oxygen deficiency in the water but i am at a standstill.
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:19 AM   #2 
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Was his QT heated? Temperature shock can cause swim bladder problems. If he is floating, it's more likely he has too much air, not a deficiency.

When you filled up his 1.5g, were there a lot of little gas bubbles? It's possible some of those gas bubbles got into his system and are causing him to float. With luck, when the bubbles dissipate, he'll regain control of his system.

Another possibility is he has a bacterial infection. How is his behavior otherwise? Can or will he eat?
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:21 AM   #3 
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No the qt tank was not heated but it was the same temperature. There were alot of gas bubbles when his bowl was first filled. he is no longer floating on his side and it appears he is able to swim down although i have yet to see him do so. He is just sitting at the top of the bowl in the corner. uninterested in anything
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:( Hmm. You might try putting him in 1 tsp of epsom salt per gallon and see if that helps perk him up. Otherwise, if his behavior doesn't change over the next day or so, we can try an antiobiotic.
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