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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-28-2008, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy male betta, swimming sideways.

i found my male betta, kumori, belly halfway up, i tapped on his glass, and he moved, i just changed his water, cleaned his tank, and put in a 1/2 tsp of freshwater aquarium salt, i noticed, when i first saw him, that his stomach looked really puffy, and i wondered had his babysitters fed him too much? idk what else i can do, his stomach looks a little less puffy now, but he is still , sideways. please, anyone?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-29-2008, 12:48 PM
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My guess is hes having a problem with his... Ummm, whats is called... Air bladder, or gull bladder... Something like that! XD Im blanking on exactly what the name for the bladder thing it is, but it keep them swimming normaly. When fish start swimming upside down like that, it usually means somethings off with their *insert right name here* bladder. C:

If thats whats wrong, theres nothing really that you can do... Keeping good water quality always helps tho, and the aquiarium salt you put in is a good thing too.



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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-30-2008, 04:03 PM
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It's definitely a problem with his swim bladder, but there are a lot of possible causes.

It could be overfeeding, and if that's true, that's actually good news since it's treatable. Just fast him for a couple days, and then try feeding him a small piece of a cooked pea (skin removed).

I would also recommend getting your water tested to make sure your water parameters are in the correct ranges.

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