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GouramiGal
08-07-2008, 03:12 PM
Well, I thought my betta was sleeping yesterday, but turns out he is sick.

Floating at the top, gills are red. No white spots.

Water parameters are normal, although I only have the test strips to check.

The betta is the only fish in the tank, has been in there (and happy) for two weeks.

Treated it with melaflix.

Any other advice?

Ryuu
08-07-2008, 03:18 PM
Is there a airstone in the tank?

GouramiGal
08-07-2008, 03:21 PM
Yes, there is! I forgot to mention that. I changed the water last friday, and was planning to do so again tomorrow.

Ryuu
08-07-2008, 03:26 PM
Hm, when you say sideways, is she looking up, down, or is her swiming crooked like _-

GouramiGal
08-07-2008, 03:48 PM
He's upright, in a normal position, takes a gulp of air, but doesn't go back down. He's floating and not swimming, if you know what I mean.

GouramiGal
08-07-2008, 09:36 PM
I've read some AC articles and old threads, and I think it may be swim bladder. I'm going to treat it with a pea. They say to take the shell off. And I'm thinking it's better to cook a frozen one than canned (too much salt).

Nick_Pavlovski
08-08-2008, 12:59 PM
Don't be afraid to fast him, either.

GouramiGal
08-08-2008, 02:28 PM
Thanks, Nick, but I lost him. Very strange. I checked the water again and nitrites=0, so I don't think it was the water. Lady Outlaw also lost her betta yesterday. Weird, huh?

angelcakes
08-08-2008, 04:29 PM
sorry for your loss :ssad:

Nick_Pavlovski
08-11-2008, 03:24 AM
Oh no, I'm sorry it didn't work out. Perhaps he had some stomach bacteria/stomach infection...

greatXpectations
08-11-2008, 05:59 AM
sorry to hear...
i hope my betta stays healthy!

ehjsne
08-11-2008, 03:09 PM
I think you were right with the swim bladder.

Ive never heard of treating it with a pea. I just thought that once it goes its gone.

GouramiGal
08-11-2008, 04:02 PM
Thanks everyone. I found an article that suggested the pea. I wish I had tried it sooner. I mean, so what if it doesn't work, it just sinks to the bottom of the tank. But if it works..

Might as well try...