Betta swim bladder disorder

Valentina544

Hey guys,
I have this 2 year old female betta that I noticed has been especially bottom heavy. I noticed this about 3-4 weeks ago. I tried waiting it out for about a a week or so to see if that’s what really was going on. The reason I waited was because this betta is a little special. She was born with a back fin deformity that split her back fin in half but I’ve had her since she was a baby girl in the petco cup and she’s always been like this. Never had an issue swimming until recently.
i decided to isolate her about 4 days ago to see if I can fix it since I am now sure it is a bladder issue. She still swims pretty well however you can definitely tell her back end sinks a bit when she swims. I have been treating with paraguard, salt and heavy tannins in the iso tank. I have also been doing epsom salt baths1x a day. She has been fasted this whole time. Although if I have her food she would definitely eat some. She is still acting spunky and normal. But she Doesn’t seem to be getting any better so now I’m thinking this could be a bacterial symptom??
 

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jkkgron2

I would stop the epsom salt baths and stop adding salt to her tank. Salt and tannins tend to cancel out each other, so I would stick with just tannins. You could try feeding daphnia, it’s a natural laxative and can help with any bloating she might have. I would also consider adding her back to her normal tank, swim bladder can be caused or worsened by stress and I’m guessing she’ll be less stressed if she’s back to her old environment.
 
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Valentina544

I would stop the epsom salt baths and stop adding salt to her tank. Salt and tannins tend to cancel out each other, so I would stick with just tannins. You could try feeding daphnia, it’s a natural laxative and can help with any bloating she might have. I would also consider adding her back to her normal tank, swim bladder can be caused or worsened by stress and I’m guessing she’ll be less stressed if she’s back to her old environment.
I don’t have access to daphnia. None of my LFS sell it dry or frozen.
i did a water change today and didn’t add salt. I read about the salt a couple hours after posting.
 
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