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revmattchoo 08-22-2010 05:26 PM

Balloon-Bellied Betta
 
I've noticed for about 2 or 3 weeks that a male betta in the tank with some zebra danios and an oto has grown a balloon belly. Now, I know that he's not pregnant because he's a guy, bettas need both a male and female, and there's no female in the tank with him.

So, what's causing him to get a big belly?

aunt kymmie 08-22-2010 11:01 PM

What and how often are you feeding him? Bettas can and do suffer from constipation and when mine does (overfeeding on my part :oops:) a few small meals of fresh frozen Daphnia works wonders.

revmattchoo 08-23-2010 10:52 AM

I thought I might have been doing that, so I started feeding him less, and even have skipped a day or two with feeding him. His belly still seems to become almost see-through at some points.

CaliforniaFishkeeper 08-23-2010 12:08 PM

Dropsy perhaps? Can bettas get dropsy?

kitten_penang 08-23-2010 04:35 PM

looks at this if you think it might be dropsy Betta Fish Dropsy

karlhague 08-26-2010 05:52 AM

I think its constipation as others have Said , Try feeding fresh/frozen Daphnia in small quantities untill you see a bowel movement.

~Quarantine him in a bare bottem tank if possible, that way its easier to see if hes having any bowel movements or not
I Hope he recovers well.

If its dropsy and hes started pineconeing, not alot can be done I'm afraid, all you can do is keep him as comfortable as possible,

1077 08-26-2010 07:11 AM

Epsom salt bath for 15 to 20 min is sometimes helpful. Water changes once a week.

LisaC144 08-26-2010 09:01 AM

I do Epsom Salt baths as well. I've tried Daphia before, but it's so tiny my Betta never sees it. Epsom Salt worked like a charm for me twice.

karlhague 08-26-2010 12:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LisaC144 (Post 456218)
I do Epsom Salt baths as well. I've tried Daphia before, but it's so tiny my Betta never sees it. Epsom Salt worked like a charm for me twice.

Try the frozen/Freeze dried stuff , he might see the freeze dried or frozen stuff better.

LisaC144 08-27-2010 08:08 AM

Frozen Daphia is what I feed all my fish (among other frozen foods). Everytime I try to give it to my betta, he doesn't see it. I'm not concerned though. He hasn't been bloated in a long time, now that I know the reason that caused it :-)


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