Sick Betta. Stays At The Surface All Day.

  1. Planted Aquatics Member Member

    So, I've had my betta in a 5.5 gallon aquarium for about 3 months. He used to be able to swim in the middle and bottom of his tank, but the past month he just isn't the same anymore. Sometimes he tries to swim and he ends up on his side, and tries to swim to the bottom of the tank but just floats back up and doesn't move that much. His fins aren't clamped, he is loosing a little bit of color. I have him on a 3 day fasting and planning to give him thawed peas, and doing frequent water changes. I think he might have swim bladder issues. I am also feeding him live food and varying his diet. Any advice would be great.
  2. Fanatic Well Known Member Member

    I agree, that sounds like Swim Bladder.

  3. Planted Aquatics Member Member

  4. Fanatic Well Known Member Member

    Also, what are you exact water parameters?
    I'd suggest to keep those frequent water changes going, and then fast your betta.
    Feed him a pea on day three of being fasted.

  5. Planted Aquatics Member Member

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    pH: 7.4-7.6
    Ammonia 0 ppm
    Nitrite o ppm
    Nitrate 0-0.5 ppm
    Yes, his tank is cycled.
  6. Fanatic Well Known Member Member

    Well, if the tank is surely cycled, you shouldn't see any ammonia, and a postive readable level of nitrates.
    I suggest to clean the tank for a while, and reduce his feeding.
  7. Planted Aquatics Member Member

    I put .25 on accident, I look at the other tanks ammonia, oops!
    5.5 gallon is 0. Should I do a water change?

  8. Planted Aquatics Member Member

    I am concerned about my betta. He has SBD. I fasted him for 3 days, his big belly went away a little, but he still floated at the top. The next day I fed him a pea and that night his belly got big again, and it looks swollen. He just stays at the top all day, my poor little guy. Any advice? :(
  9. Cheesearmada Member Member

    Did you take the skin off the pea?
  10. Planted Aquatics Member Member

    Yes, and I used a frozen pea and thawed it. I don't know what's wrong

  11. Cheesearmada Member Member

    1. Raising the temperature steadily helps
    2. Feeding peas WITHOUT the skin
    3. Fishy Fasting
  12. Planted Aquatics Member Member

    His temp is already at 80 F, so I don't think I should raise it any higher. Could I fast him again or is that too much?
  13. clk89 Fishlore VIP Member

    How do his poops look like?
    What tank size?
    Any tank mates?
    Has he ever been treated for parasites?
    Are his scales pineconing (sticking out away from body from top view) at all?
  14. Planted Aquatics Member Member

    I haven't seen his waste in a while, unfortunately ):
    His tank size is a 5.5 gallon with live plants
    No tank mates
    He hasn't been treated.
  15. Cheesearmada Member Member

    To prevent SBD in the future use sinking food so he doesn't eat air-filled food. I would just wait a few days with the temperature at 75-80 degrees.
  16. Planted Aquatics Member Member

    I soak his pellets for 2-5 minutes.
  17. Cheesearmada Member Member

    Well then my assumption would be he has a deformed internal organ, or it isn't SBD at all.
  18. Planted Aquatics Member Member

    Will he die soon? Does it just happen randomly? I've had him for 3 months and this started being an issue about 3 weeks ago.
  19. Cheesearmada Member Member

  20. Planted Aquatics Member Member

    What are the "Water treatment drops" for? Can I give him a epsom salt bath for 10-20 minutes for antibiotics?