He doesn't sound too bad right now, but definitely to be on the safe side continue what you are doing and go to Epsom if he isn't better.
What type of food are you feeding? Some lower quality foods can easily cause this, regardless how much you feed them. Have you changed food recently?
Okay, I'll do that.
Nope, no other signs, he's just as brightly colored as ever. (every time I try to look at him to see what he's doing he just stops and stares at me, so I have to keep sneaking glances at him xD) He's a little better today, he's not going all the way over on his side, but still a little.
He has a bare-bottom Critter Keeper, and so far I don't see anything.
Okay, I will :) Thank you SO much for all your help!
If you can, mix the salt/water/conditioner in a gallon water jug (or any clean soap free liquid container that is a gallon), and use that for the water changes if you want.. since he is having trouble swimming, you are doing the right thing by lowering his water.. so the water jug will make it easier to do changes for the lesser water.
Go ahead and give him another day and see how he does on fasting and if that doesn't work then I would try Epsom, start him out at 2 teaspoons per gallon (make sure to dissolve it completely before he goes in it).. daily 100% water changes with new Epsom. It could take 8-12 days for it to clear if it is just an SBD problem.
Are there any other signs of illness with him? Losing color, gasping? If you can, try to keep the bottom bare of substrate and see if he is going to the bathroom once you start feeding him again- I would fast him for at least 3 days to make sure his system gets cleared out.
Let me know how he does.. I don't always get on here, but you can msg me on my FB page for any more questions or problems, I check that throughout the day-
How are you?
So sorry to bother you, but, my betta, Zen, has suddenly come down with SBD...It's the first time he's ever had it and he has it pretty bad. He keeps going sideways and is a little bloated. He's also having a bit of trouble swimming normally. I did a 100% water change, and lowered the water level in his tank to only a couple of inches deep. I knocked over all his silk plants so he can lay on them if he wants, and increased the water temperature to about 82F when I changed it. I'll fast him for a couple of days, too. Is that good enough for now? or should I go out and buy him some Epsom salt and give him some of that?
( I also have no idea how he got it..I only feed him 2 pellets once a day....)
Thank you so much! :)
Stress Coat is fine to use, go ahead and use it up.. Tetra AquaSafe, or Prime are really good.. as long as it removes chlorine/chloramine, ammonia and if possible, binds metals.
How big is the tank? And might as well leave him in there while it cycles, as it can take a month or more to establish a proper cycle (if the tank is large enough 5+ gallons). Just check the water chemistry a few times a week for the next 4-6 weeks, and if you see a spike in ammonia/nitrates/ites then do a partial water change. But the tank will cycle with him in it.
Stress Coat.. :/ I know that's not ideal for long term, but my Mom probably wouldn't be too amused if I got another one when this one isn't used up yet. :P What conditioner would you suggest? I usually get Aqueon Betta Bowl conditioner..
Also, today I got him a sponge filter! :D Will just having him in there get it to cycle? or..?
Thank you again! :)
Test strips are not all too accurate, but generally give you an idea of where you are sitting.
What water conditioner are you using? A lot of conditioners will turn ammonia into ammonium, which is safe.. but will show up as ammonia on tests (both liquid and strips). Ideally you want ammonia 0-.25ppm, but since it was shortly after a water change, it is most likely ammonium. The rest seem perfect..
Oh! I forgot to tell you, I got test strips (wanted to get liquid, but it was too expensive) a few days ago, and tested Mr. Bubbles' water on the 4th day after a 90% water change. Ammonia was like, 0.3ppm (or less), Nitrite was 0, Nitrates were 0, and I forget the rest, I know the water was relatively hard though. Are these OK parameters?