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Balloon-Bellied Betta
Old 08-22-2010, 05:26 PM   #1
 
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?
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:01 PM   #2
 
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What and how often are you feeding him? Bettas can and do suffer from constipation and when mine does (overfeeding on my part ) a few small meals of fresh frozen Daphnia works wonders.
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:52 AM   #3
 
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.
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Old 08-23-2010, 12:08 PM   #4
 
Dropsy perhaps? Can bettas get dropsy?
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Old 08-23-2010, 04:35 PM   #5
 
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looks at this if you think it might be dropsy Betta Fish Dropsy
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Old 08-26-2010, 05:52 AM   #6
 
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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,
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:11 AM   #7
 
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Epsom salt bath for 15 to 20 min is sometimes helpful. Water changes once a week.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:01 AM   #8
 
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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.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:44 PM   #9
 
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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.
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:08 AM   #10
 
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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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