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post #11 of 54 Old 01-29-2008, 11:29 PM
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Ok 1/2 gallon isn't too bad. As for spitting out bubbles that is normal males make bubble nests when they are happy as for the bubble on his face i'm not sure...Could you possibly post a picture?
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post #12 of 54 Old 01-29-2008, 11:38 PM
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The bump doesn't sound like a swim bladder problem. Swim bladder problems aren't apparent other than trouble staying up straight, etc. This sounds more like a cut, tumor or parasite, among other things. A photo would be very helpful. Also, is there any chance you could find out your water parameters for us? I'm suspicious that water quality may be the root of your problems...
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post #13 of 54 Old 01-29-2008, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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I will post a picture probobly tommrorow, I have some studying to do. I use water from the sink, then put declorinator in it.

I will post a pic tommorow, and let you know how hes doing. You guys have been such a help, I have been getting worried.

Getting a picture of him in there is gonna be hard =O

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post #14 of 54 Old 01-29-2008, 11:58 PM
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It may be a swim bladder problem I would fast him for a day and see if that helps. Also move his tank to the warmest part of your house.
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post #15 of 54 Old 01-30-2008, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Accutally, Im looking at him, the bump is kinda gone, however his still swimming sideways and such. Is this treatable though? Will he live?
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post #16 of 54 Old 01-30-2008, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Ok heres a little morring update. The Bump is gone... He is swimming kinda on the surface though, still under however. Im gonna buy him a little light to keep him warm. Oh and hes swimming normally...

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Hmm, sort of confused, he's swimming completely normal now? If he's floating at the surface and having trouble staying down, that is another big sign of a swim bladder problem. NO idea what the bump it, but if it's gone, hopefully it's not a problem.

Swim bladder disorders are caused by many different things. Sometimes they can be healed, sometimes not. ONE cause of swimbladder problems is air gulping, if this is the cause, you may be able to help him. However, swim bladder problems often remain a mystery that cannot be solved. Also, try putting in some epson salt and see if you can get him to eat a few granules of it.

Could I ask what your water parameters are? Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH and temperature are helpful. A good liquid test kit is the best tool a fish owner can arm themselves with, test strips are very inaccurate, don't go for those! I got my API Master Test Kit for about $15 at a local pet store (master kits are much cheaper than buying the tests separately). It will last you many years to come and you won't regret it! If you want to order it online to save some money, in the meantime, you can take a sample of your water to your fish store, as most will test your water for free.
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post #18 of 54 Old 01-30-2008, 12:35 PM
well... you said that the water was cold before right? probably caught some disease present in the tank. swimming to the side or staying and the surface or bottom is a strong indication of swimbladder disorder. feed em less, heat the water gradually, and id do 100% water change to do away with bateria. make sure you dont use soap to clean it!!!

maybe change conditioners? like amquel maybe? do this gradually

hope this helps 8)
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post #19 of 54 Old 01-30-2008, 12:37 PM
cold water weakens the bettas immune system and probably caught a disease

theres treatments for diseases like melafix I and melafix II
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post #20 of 54 Old 01-30-2008, 02:11 PM
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I really wouldn't recommend a 100% water change. This will mean your tank will have to cycle all over again. Also, please don't add any medications without careful research first. Bettas are very sensitive and standard dosing is usually too much for them. For instance, with Melafix, the recommended dosing is 1 teaspoon per 10 gallons. However, when treating a betta you should only add 10 drops per gallon. Plus, there really aren't any effective medicines for a swim bladder disorder. If he does have something else, it needs to be treated with the appropriate medication. Melafix is an antibacterial which can also assist in quick tissue regeneration. It doesn't treat for fungus, certain parasites, or a swim bladder disorder.
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