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Treatment for Swim Bladder Disorder on Betta Fish

Submitted by on 26 November 2010 – 08:40

Some of the problems that became one of the causes of death on betta fish is swim bladder disorder. Many hobbyist who had this matter on their betta fish confused to be overcome, and eventually the fish are not ‘helped’. In this post we will briefly discuss what exactly is meant by a swim bladder disorder, causes, and proper treatment 🙂 Please be read to carefully

What is Swim Bladder Disorder?

Swim bladder disease results in a Betta fish that has trouble swimming. If your fish is swimming crooked or has trouble lifting its tail you might have SBD. While not causing your fish any pain, SBD does cause your Betta stress as it makes it harder for it to get to the surface for air. You can instanly help it out by lowering the water level making less work for the fish to breath.

Swim Bladder Disorder is Caused by

Swim bladder disease is usually caused by poor diet, unclean environment or overfeeding. Bettas need a variety in their diet – do not just feed the same thing all the time. Mix in live food as much as possible. If the problem is overfeeding then you must take a course of action which restricts the food supply. In some cases it is genetic and there is little you can do to solve the problem.

Treating Our Betta Fish

Providing that the tank is clean and fresh and that genetics plays no part, you should cut feedings back. Do not feed for 48 hours and then offer a single feeding on the third day. A shelled cooked pea can be used.  Continue to feed small amounts once a day until you see some improvement in your Bettas swimming  ability.

There is no medication for Swim Bladder Disorder. Some people use meds that are labeled  "for use with SBD" but this means that it is safe to use in conjunction with SBD. This medication is usually given to help your Bettas immune system  prevent any new disease that may crop up while the SBD causes stress in your fish.

There is no specific timeframe for recovery from swim bladder disease but in most cases you should see some results within a week.

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