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Old 11-05-2007, 07:14 PM   #1 
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Could my betta have a disease?

My betta has been having a hard time eating for several weeks now. When he tries to eat his pellets or worms he cannot get them into his mouth. It is like he cannot get his mouth open wide enough and then he has to gulp for air which leaves a huge bubble at the surface of the water. He tries so hard and every now and then he can wrestle a pellet into his mouth but it is a sight. His tank is clean, I use sea salt and ick preventer when changing out the water- as well as a chlorine neutralizer....I have treated the water with antibiotics too. Does anyone have ANY idea what could be wrong?

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Old 11-05-2007, 08:38 PM   #2 
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Re: Could my betta have a disease?

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My betta has been having a hard time eating for several weeks now. When he tries to eat his pellets or worms he cannot get them into his mouth. It is like he cannot get his mouth open wide enough and then he has to gulp for air which leaves a huge bubble at the surface of the water. He tries so hard and every now and then he can wrestle a pellet into his mouth but it is a sight. His tank is clean, I use sea salt and ick preventer when changing out the water- as well as a chlorine neutralizer....I have treated the water with antibiotics too. Does anyone have ANY idea what could be wrong?

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I would like to point out there is no need for you to add sea salt. Also, sea salt is far different from the aquarium salt we used as treatment for certain diseases. Sea salt have effects unnecessary for the aquarium where freshwater is concerned.

What antibiotics did you use? Don't use anything more unless you really know what exactly is the problem. What are your water parameters? Size of tank? Any tankmates?
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Old 11-06-2007, 02:03 PM   #3 
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the way u described how he eats sounds pretty normal, its the way that the bettas mouth is placed and shaped it does that do that part isnt an issue
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Old 11-06-2007, 09:34 PM   #4 
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My betta, which I have had for almost two years now, is in a 2 gallon tank and he lives alone. I treated the water with Maracyn-Two since he gasps for air and his activity decreased.
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Old 11-07-2007, 06:33 AM   #5 
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bettas breathe air from the surface, so he sounds perfectly fine
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