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So I've had Leo for a month and a half and until this weekend everything ha been going fine. Friday morning I noticed he had been floating to the top of hos tank and I figured it was swim bladder cause that happened to our gold fish a month ago. So I've been fasting him, I heated his tank up to about 80 ad lowered his water levels. The next day he started sinking so I changed his water cause I hadn't done that yet and he seemed to be improving (I gave him freeze dried blood worms the night before he got sick and I think that's what cause it. So no more of those for him!) last night he seemed to be swimming normally and was doing a lot better but then when I woke up this morning the water in his tank was orange. I do have a live java fern in there and since I had little gravel in there the roots can out so I don't know if that has anything to do with it. And I've ruled out the gravel discoloration because we've used this ravel on previous fish and it never happened there. I currently have Leo in the container I keep him in when I clean his tank (it's the tub he came in from petco) and he looks normal and is swimming fine. If anyone knows anything about either the swim bladder or the tank that could help it would be so great. Thank you!

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Hi, can you please fill out this form? It will give us a better idea of what's going on.

What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?

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Answering questions

1/2 gallon tank
Usually around 75 degrees F
I don't have a filter
There are vents in the cover but that's it
I have an old hermit crab heater

I give him aqueons regular betta pellets, an sometimes freeze dried bloodworms
I usually feed him twice a day (2-4 pellets) and sometimes the blood worms although my cat likes to take the pellets and hide them so I had to give hi the blood worms for dinner the other night

I change the water every week
I change 50% of the water
I use a stress coat and aqueon water conditioner

Water parameters
No I don't have a test kit, but if you have any suggestions for a good less expensive kit please let me know:)

His colors and scales are fine (no pine coneing)
He was floating then sinkin but now he's swimming fine
When he was floating and sinking I lowered the water levels to 60%, increase the temp to 80 F, and fasted him(its now the afternoon of day 3) I also put up a mirror to make him poop to help with constipation
He's never been sick as long as I've had him
I've had him for a month and a half but he was full grown when I got him
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