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Betta with severe swim bladder disorder!

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Hi guys,

I recently was in petco and saw this little guy on his side at the top of his little cup. I asked the fish guy if I could take him home and he let me have him, free of charge (which was pretty nice). I got him in a 2 gallon tank with lots of live plants, and a heater keeping it at about 77-79 degrees F.

He has this disorder so severely, that he cannot swim at all. He cannot dive down to the bottom of the tank and--though he tries and swims so hard--he just bobs right back to the top in a fraction of a second, and he can only float on his sides. I tried peas which he didn't even bother with, then I soaked them in blood worm blood. He still didn't care about it. Then I let him fast for three days and he still has this going on, with absolutely no change. I can see his belly is a tad distended, so I am pretty sure it's due to a blockage, but I don't know what more I can do for him. I've even considered tying a tiny pebble to a thread and trying to make a weight for him! But before I do that, I want to know what you all think.


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First you want to make sure to keep the temp between 78-80.

next you could try do do some ES treatments. 1-2 tsp per gallon of water for 2-3 days. DO NOT put the ES directly into the tank. Mix it into a separate bowl/container of tank water first then slowly adding it into his tank.

Also you should consider buying a bigger tank. In a 2g tank a lot of harmful toxins can build up fairly quickly. If you decide to keep the 2g tank please make sure to keep up on your water changes a couple times a week along with testing your water making sure your parameters stay within range.

I am more interested in getting a closer picture of him. I want to make sure I am properly diagnosing him with SBD and he does not have anything else like dropsy. Could you get a closer pic
Here are some pictures!


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Ok yes SBD. So just treat with the ES treatments that I stated above :) thank you for the pics just wanted to make sure his scales are not raised. :)
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