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post #1 of 10 Old 08-09-2009, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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very sick little boy betta

I have had Louie for about a year. He is in a 2 1/2 gallon tank with a little heater. Water temp 78 degrees, water changed once a week. He is fed only betta balls, since that's all he would ever eat, 3-4 daily. His nitrates, nitritries, and amonia levels are all normal, tested with test strips. I use 1 tsb. table salt and the dechlorinator drops each time I change his tank.
He is now completely vertical and hasn't eaten in 3 days. He can't go below the water, and when he tries, he pops right back up into the vertical position. His fins look opaque, as do his eyes, his head is a little bit out of the water, but he does move from corner to corner occasionally, though he stays completely vertical. He wiggles his little front fins at me still, every time I go to the tank, but I know he is very sick. I have tried Furan, and also Maracyn. I now am using Chephalexan and that's not helping him either! Help, please! Thanks!
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-09-2009, 01:07 PM
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I can't help with your betta (no expertise in that area) but just want to let you know I'm crossing my fingers for you.

Hope you can save him.

Good luck.
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-09-2009, 01:09 PM
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Did you try this area of the forum?

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Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-09-2009, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Yes I did go there and to no avail. But thanks! I also just notice he has a white looking string hanging from him underneath. My other betta, has one too. He is in a separte tank of course, and seems just fine. I am hoping this isn't Columnaris!
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-10-2009, 09:04 AM
It sounds like he has swimbladder disorder if he has trouble swimming down. White, stringy looking poop could mean parasites but if you are only feeding pellets then I don't know. For swimbladder disorder, try fasting for 2-3 days, then feed him some daphnia, either frozen or freeze dried.Hope this helps.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-10-2009, 10:19 AM
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White, stringy poops can be a sign of internal parasites as dramaqueen said, but they can also be a sign of constipation which can cause swimbladder disorder.

I would try the fasting for a few days. Actually, if you other fish is also showing symptoms then you may want to fast him/her as well. Although daphnia is good for clearing the digestive tract and can help with constipation, in more severe cases I have found that a thawed, de-shelled, and mashed up pea actually works better. You don't want to do this all the time because it is hard on the digestive tract, but in emergencies this is what I usually do. Just feed him a tiny bit of the mashed up inner part by sticking it on the end of a toothpick and feeding it to him.

Pictures are always helpful as well, so if you can get one it would be great.

20 gallon long: 3 adult Neolamprologus similis + about 11 fry of various ages; low light planted tank
20 gallon long:2 freshwater dwarf puffers (Puff Puff and Poofer); medium-light planted tank
10 gallon: 1 male betta named Wormy; low light planted tank
10 gallon: 1 male betta named Dante; low light planted tank
2, 5.5 gallon tanks that are currently empty (I see more fish on the horizon )
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-10-2009, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all, but I lost Louie this afternoon. He was at the bottom when I came home from work. He did have a red bump on his gill and he was totall discolored. I never really knew what was wrong with him. I tried Furan 2, Maracyn, and Cephelxan. He never got better. Poor little guy! He was such a fighter!

Any idea what the bump might have been?
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-10-2009, 06:59 PM
I'm so sorry about Louie. I have no idea what the bump could have been.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-12-2009, 06:44 AM
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Poor Louie :( I'm so sorry. I really have no clue what the bump could be.

20 gallon long: 3 adult Neolamprologus similis + about 11 fry of various ages; low light planted tank
20 gallon long:2 freshwater dwarf puffers (Puff Puff and Poofer); medium-light planted tank
10 gallon: 1 male betta named Wormy; low light planted tank
10 gallon: 1 male betta named Dante; low light planted tank
2, 5.5 gallon tanks that are currently empty (I see more fish on the horizon )
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-12-2009, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your kind words everyone!
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