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Betta Can't Swim

So randomly my mom's bettaautolinker.com autolinking image stopped swimming. He just sits at the very bottom of the tank on his side and doesn't move. He has a very hard time swimming to the top to breathe and eat. We lower the water level a lot so it's easier for him and sometimes he'll come sit on one of the decorations which is right at the surface so he only has to move a lil bit to get to the top. Is there any medicine I can give him so he can swim again? He is roughly 1.5 yrs old.

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Re: Betta Can't Swim

Does he look any different? Are his fins smaller or ragged? Is his stomach bloated at all? Does he have any fuzzy white patches on him? Does his spine seem curved?

A picture would help in diagnosing the problem, if you can post one. I hope he recovers soon. :(

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Re: Betta Can't Swim

I agree,we need a pic of him.Sounds to me like swim bladder disorder.Some will get it and float while others will sink.Its usually due to genetics,food or water quality.

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Re: Betta Can't Swim

No to all of those. Only thing different looking is he is a tad bit skinnier and you lays down in almost a "C" shape. I'll post a picture in a minute.

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Re: Betta Can't Swim

Have you gotten a look at him from the top? If his scales are jutting out (making him look almost like a pine cone), then it might be dropsey. Otherwise, I'd suspect swim bladder disorder like majerah said. I don't know what to do about that, but she probably would; she's the bettaautolinker.com autolinking image expert here.

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Re: Betta Can't Swim

Nope, nothing at all funny looking on him. Just skinnier and he has a really hard time swimming. How do you fix swim bladder? I was hoping I could get something like Melafix, but I know you can't use it on Bettas.

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Re: Betta Can't Swim

From the pics he looks to have popeye,which is due to water quality.If thats the case he may recover if you keep him as pristine as possible.Otherwise,lowering the water level and keeping him cozy is about all you can do.I had one,you could see her Swim bladder,what was left of it.It busted so she couldnt control herself anymore.She lived for about two years like before passing.She seemed happy otherwise.

Have you seen those leaf hammocks?They consist of a plastic leaf and a suction cup.Perhaps getting a few of those to go around at different levels of the aquarium for him will help make his trips easier up.

I know several people who have made a special need tank for bettas in the same condition,out of totes.They use the shallow ones and decorate it with tons of plants and platform like things to help the fish out when they swim about.

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Re: Betta Can't Swim

bettaautolinker.com autolinking image can't swim because he is old and dying. That is all. They don't usually live longer than a couple years. Though certain types can last several years, it is unusual.
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Re: Betta Can't Swim

In actuality the average lifespan of a bettaautolinker.com autolinking image splenden is six years.The ones found at stores are mostly old breeders and a couple years old already.

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Re: Betta Can't Swim

Ive seen the leaf hammocks. The water is low enough where he can rest on the barrel decoration and one plant and not have that hard of a time getting to the surface. Thanks for all the advice!

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Re: Betta Can't Swim

Aw, poor little guy.

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Only thing different looking is he is a tad bit skinnier and you lays down in almost a "C" shape.
Do you mean like his body is curved? Is he always like that or only when he lays down?
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Re: Betta Can't Swim

only when he lays down he lays on his side and "curves" his body.

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Re: Betta Can't Swim

hmmm... he looks sick to me, but i'm not a bettaautolinker.com autolinking image expert. my parents won't let me get a bettaautolinker.com autolinking image, even when i said i would keep it covered so the cats won't get to it

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