Sick Betta. Stays At The Surface All Day.

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by FishFandom, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. FishFandom

    FishFandomValued MemberMember

    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.
     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2017
  2. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    I agree, that sounds like Swim Bladder.
    Pictures?
     
  3. OP
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    FishFandom

    FishFandomValued MemberMember

    Sure.
     




  4. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    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. OP
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    FishFandom

    FishFandomValued MemberMember

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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.
     
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  6. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    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. OP
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    FishFandom

    FishFandomValued MemberMember

    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. OP
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    FishFandom

    FishFandomValued MemberMember

    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

    CheesearmadaValued MemberMember

    Did you take the skin off the pea?
     
  10. OP
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    FishFandom

    FishFandomValued MemberMember

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

    CheesearmadaValued MemberMember

    Tips:
    1. Raising the temperature steadily helps
    2. Feeding peas WITHOUT the skin
    3. Fishy Fasting
     
  12. OP
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    FishFandom

    FishFandomValued MemberMember

    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?
     
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  13. clk89

    clk89Fishlore VIPMember

    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. OP
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    FishFandom

    FishFandomValued MemberMember

    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

    CheesearmadaValued MemberMember

    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. OP
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    FishFandom

    FishFandomValued MemberMember

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

    CheesearmadaValued MemberMember

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

    FishFandomValued MemberMember

    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

    CheesearmadaValued MemberMember

    I suggest turning to antibiotics, water treatment drops, and medicated food flakes. Just go to your local petstore and they should have these things. Make sure to follow the instructions and do some research as to what you should give your betta.

    Good website I used for my bettas,
     
     
  20. OP
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    FishFandom

    FishFandomValued MemberMember

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




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