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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-28-2018, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Rescued betta need some help

Hello everyone! This is my first post 🙂 so I need some help with a betta I rescued from my local Wal-Mart. I have a 2 gallon hexagon lightly planted no filter with a heater. It's been cycling for a few weeks now. As I said I rescued this sad betta from my local Wal-Mart and he was not doing so well at all. He doesn't seem to be able to float himself. He will swim up for a breath of air (also have a bubbler going for him) and he just sinks back down. He seems to be fine besides the not floating and swimming around part. Please help!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-30-2018, 07:55 PM
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Kudos to you for trying to help the sad WalMart Bettas. I did a lot of that myself in my childhood. He most likely has a swim bladder problem. There's not too much you can do other than keep his water clean and warm and let him rest. Sometimes they recover and sometimes they don't. I used to dump all kinds of meds in the water hoping to fix them and very rarely ever had success that way. In fact sometimes it seemed to make them feel worse. Clean water and rest are the best things I've found to give them the best chance of recovery. Good luck to you and him!
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Have you taken water tests of your own aquarium to make sure it is cycled?
What are your numbers?
How often are you changing water?
Is the fish eating still?
Laying on the bottom of the tank is not a swim-bladder issue, it is a sign of weakness that indicates internal bacterial infection.
Needs antibiotics. Because it has not yet pine-coned there is a good possibility it can recover- especially if still eating.

Edit: the condition is most likely due to ammonia or nitrite toxicity from being in those small cups they put them in. To counteract this use salt at the rate of 1tsp per 5 gallons of water. make sure you dissolve salt in a small cup of aquarium water before add to tank. Bettas respond very well to the addition of salt in aquarium when ill ( more so than many other species of fish).

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In addition to the above, what is the temp in the tank?

And, just in case, "salt" is aquarium salt, also sold at Walmart.
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