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Old 02-18-2012, 07:16 PM   #1 
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Okay what is going on? Has a hard time staying down

Housing
What size is your tank? 1g
What temperature is your tank? 76
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? no

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? top fin
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 times a day 4pellets total

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 2 times a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50 once a week/100 once a week
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime water conditioner used two drops...did I use enough?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate:0
pH:7 something
Hardness:0
Alkalinity: 0

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?Has trouble swimming down her tail just keeps going up. She tried to go into a cave and it took a lot of work. Appears to be a little bloated or eggy.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No not really
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Now
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? I have had her 2 years

I just put her back in as today was 100% water changing day. This is the first I have noticed it. She appeared to eat just fine as I also just fed her. Acclimated her as usual. Could she be eggy? I had her next to one of my males tanks. I don't normally do that. He totally ignored her though. It doesn't seem normal as I keep another female in a divided 10g with two other boys so I am thinking that isn't the problem.

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Old 02-18-2012, 08:33 PM   #2 
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No help? *sigh* come on please someone give me some idea! I really don't want anything to happen to my girl! I am really fond of her!
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:01 PM   #3 
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Hi,

It sounds like she has swim buoyancy. My Rosanna (the middle betta on my avatar) had it and she was just like that. I found out that she had been eating bubbles and it threw off her swim bladder. By the next day she was fine. I didn't have to do anything.

Hope this helps.

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Old 02-18-2012, 09:25 PM   #4 
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Thanks. I hope that is all it is. I will update tomorrow. I think I will also fast her just in case.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:47 AM   #5 
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Thank! She is completely better this morning!
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:06 AM   #6 
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Well just as a forwarning, How big are the pellets? Are they as large as the bettas eye? or are they smaller? She might have been bloated if the pellets where too big and swelled in her tummy.

I might cut it back to 3 pellets twice daily if even that, Most brands of betta food tend to be pretty large pellets. Sometimes you have to remember, a bettas stomach is only as big as its eye.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:12 AM   #7 
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I have had this betta 2 years and have been feeding her the same pellets since the day I got her. So it wasn't the pellets. That and the pellets are pretty tiny. Thanks for the warning though.
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