View Full Version : Betta sick. Trying to save it!

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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).

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

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...