Hey Sakura, what do you suggest is a good thing to buy that allows a betta to rest near the top of the tank other than real live plants. My betta loved the plant that used to be suction cupped to the side so i can adjust the height but there was metal in its stem and started rusting as every zoo med decor does. (Leaf hammocks and all those zoo med plants rusts)
Would there be much harm if I did try general cure? I've been suspecting it's something internal (within his tummy area?) that's bugging him. What's the safest thing/alternative to do without knowing exactly what? It seems as whatever is bugging him is bugging him even more as his tail has a bit of fin rot now, as in his immune system dropped a bit due to something and allowed fin rot to occur. (not dramatic, but it's enough to bug me that something's off) Tarris seems a bit less energetic, not lethargic, but it's like something is slightly bugging him, iunno I can just tell.
I'm just particularly worried "trial meds" will actually make things worse and resulting in still not knowing the cause. I don't even know if its bacterial so using antibiotics related meds could just potentially harm him, and make that medication useless in the future.
Anywho, I'm thinking of holding off meds for now, but I want to start proposing backup plans if things get worse, and get necessary meds ready.
Well, mostly it's from what you told me about how he bloats up after eating the daphnia or shrimp. I'm not sure I could say what could be compressing his stomach if that's even the case. But if he bloats when feeding those things, I would go ahead and cut them out of his diet.
You can try the feeding schedule for as long as you like. If you feel like it's not making a difference, go ahead and switch back to your previous feeding schedule. Otherwise, continue it for as long as you feel comfortable. :)
Is it okay if I resort to general cure if it gets worse later on? He gets easily stressed so I don't want to freak him out when it's not nessary. Just wondering, but what exactly do you mean by compressing his stomach and what had hinted towards that inference? (like which symptoms in particular, i'm just curious i'm not trying to doubt or be offensive or anything if it came ou that way)
Also, I think it was just the fact I was feeding him at like 7am almost pitch black so uh yah... he's a sleepy little fella, he's having no issues when I fed him the last few days when it was quite sunny thus a lot brighter
Also, how long doyou suggest i should try this new feeding scheduale?
And should I continue to feed brine shrimp or daphnia once a week?
Hmm. It almost sounds like something is compressing his stomach so he can't handle food very well. I'm not sure if this means a genetic issue or a possible internal issue like parasites. If the different feeding schedule doesn't have any effect, you may want to try a round or two of General Cure just to be on the safe side.
Just changed his water, he's pooping a lot less but he doesnt seem to be bloated or anything. With NLS pellets (6 days/week) he doesn't get that reaction, but I do feed him brine shrimp/daphnia once a week and he really bloats to that almost minutes after eating it and then it goes down to normal within maybe 40 minutes. (Even if its the smallest ammount he still gets that tummy swelled up reaction)
I was just wondering what I can do, soak pellets in garlic juice to boost immune system? I"ll try the feed him every other day for a week as well. (2 meals of 2 pellets a day)
Thanks again Sakura :)
Note: Lately I've noticed he's having accuracy issues with "launching" himself at pellets when eating. He might swim too fast and ends up w/ pellet floating above head where he probably can't see and he gets confused to where it went and it takes him awhile to realize what happened, if he does realize. Before it was *sees pellet* *launches himself at it accurately and chomp*
Hmm. This is a tough one. He's been doing well for a while now, hasn't he? I remember the food-related bloating problem. Just to be clear, the bloating does go down after he digests, right? I think part of how well he can digest food of any kind may depend on his genetics.
If he's not bloated other than right after eating, then I would try feeding him every other day. This is actually how I've started to feed my bettas because they seemed to be developing health problems related to possibly overeating.
Also, he gets an "allergic reaction" and bloats up trying to digest other brands of pellets and to frozen foods as well.(but he needs to get his proteins ect) The reaction is bloating for about 30mins, it looks as his scales are on the verge of raising. When I got him over a year ago his scales had also looked as they were on verge of starting to rise but never did and I was paranoid about it too but now a year has passed, it still looks like it on the verge of raising(and possibly the tiniest bit even more on verge of rising), could it really be possible dragon scale genes mixed into him or is it possibly still an underlying problem that could possibly explode out into a huge issue any moment? He seems fine,(active ect) well other than the sensitiveness to foods that i'm paranoid is connected to the raising of his scales.