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post #1 of 21 Old 06-29-2008, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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What's wrong with her?

My Betta has been having trouble swimming...everytime she tries to move, she rolls. She is also breathing heavy. And every once in a while she will freak out and start jumping and swimming very fast at the top of the water..

Tank - 10 gallons
Heated, Filtered
5 fake plants, 1 fake log
No other fish in tank
Diet - BettaMin Tropical Medley

There used to be 3 mollies and 3 ottos in the tank with her. 1 of the mollies killed off all the other fish besides the Betta.

She has a little tear in her dorsal fin that I just discovered today.

She has been in this condition for about a week.
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-29-2008, 03:33 AM
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.... last time any of my bettas did this.... they started to discolor, their eyes go big and dark and .... the next day... they die :(... hopefully its not the case for u... my bettas had ammonia poisoning... did u check ur water parameters?
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post #3 of 21 Old 06-29-2008, 01:54 PM
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For sure check the ammonia levels and if they are high do a partial water change. Could be too that the betta is stressed because the mollie is aggravating it - maybe add a couple more hiding places or give the betta her own tank.

Also the tear in the fin might be from one of the fake plants if they are plastic. Bettas have fragile fins so silk plants are best.
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post #4 of 21 Old 06-29-2008, 03:31 PM
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or you should just find the molly a complete new home if it is stressing the betta out. its a possibility if it killed your other fish

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post #5 of 21 Old 06-29-2008, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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The Molly died about a month ago, so the Betta is the only fish left in the tank. Her eyes are normal size and the same color and her body is still the same color...

I'll try testing the water..hopefully I can still save her.
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post #6 of 21 Old 06-29-2008, 04:16 PM
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If there's no fish aggravating her and there's no obvious bacterial or fungal infections then it's probably a water parameter thing....also sometimes they have trouble swimming when they are constipated. Try feeding her a pea, you can find out how by reading the FAQ post at the top of the forum.
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post #7 of 21 Old 06-29-2008, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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I've tried feeding her a pea, because she did look a little bit bloated; she just takes it off the toothpick, chews, and spits it out.

I'm pretty sure it's a water parameter thing, but I just did a complete water change last night and her condition didn't change...
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post #8 of 21 Old 06-29-2008, 04:42 PM
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When you say complete water change, do you mean you changed out 100% of the water? If so that could have shocked her and maybe she needs awhile to recover.
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post #9 of 21 Old 06-29-2008, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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She was already in this condition before the water change.
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post #10 of 21 Old 06-29-2008, 10:20 PM
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Hmm...yeah then my only guess is water parameters but if you changed the water totally and she's still not doing well then I have no other ideas.

There are some products for betta fish specifically that are formulated to cure a broad spectrum of illnesses maybe you could try that and see if maybe she's sick with something you can't see on the outside.
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