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HELP! My Betta Has a Big Bulge
Old 07-22-2008, 10:55 AM   #11
 
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how much water do you change at once?
what are your water parameters?

i would also suggest the pea if you are like me and cant find daphnia anywhere. if he doesnt eat it the first time you could try again and present it differently. you could dry it out too, some bettas like to be fed off the tip of a toothpick or finger.

can we get a picture of your betta?
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:23 PM   #12
 
I change 50% of his water each time. What do you mean by parameters? ammonia level, nitrite, etc.? It's a 2 1/2 gallon tank with a filter.

I tried giving him a pea and he did eat some. It sinks straight to the bottom though. He tries to get in while it's going down, but once it gets to the bottom he doesn't eat it. I'll try it off of a toothpick or something. I think he would eat it if he could get it easier.

I'll take a new picture and try to post it. I couldn't figure out how to do it before. Maybe I can post an old and new picture so you can compare how he looks.
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:24 PM   #13
 
try just holding it and see if he will come up and take it...
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Old 07-23-2008, 12:42 AM   #14
 
I got Sam to eat some of a pea. I just held it and he ate some from it and some that was floating around.

I was trying to read some about it and now I'm wondering if I should be giving him peas now or not.
Should I not give him anything for a couple of days and then give him peas?

I changed his water again too and there was one thing of poop and it wasn't very much. I'm guessing that would also indicate constipation.
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Old 07-23-2008, 07:52 AM   #15
 
I would look for Daphnia..but if he is not getting any relief you can do an epsom salt bath...here is a piece from an article on Betta fish constipation from the web:

Use One Gallon of pretreated water adding 1 Tablespoon of Epsom Salt. As a help in keeping the stress levels down, make sure the bath water is the same temperature as the tank water. Add your betta. Watching him closely, allow him to swim in the bath for 15 to 30 minutes "or" until he begins to show signs of undue stress "or" the result you are hoping for occurs in that your betta relives himself.

Return your betta back into his home.

Again, this can be a stressful treatment for your betta, the plus is that it can be very effective in getting your betta to relieve himself if he/she is constipated. Some bettas respond better than others.
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Old 07-23-2008, 02:00 PM   #16
 
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There is some contaversy regarding feeding peas to Bettas...
Whats this controversy for this?

I don't believe the kind of bath you want to do is an epsom salt one... I don't believe epsoms salt helps for constipation does it? i realize it causes the fish to expel fluids when they have dropsy... But not expel poop?
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:33 AM   #17
 
I tried an Epsom salt bath with no success. I haven't fed Sam any pellets for three days. This morning he ate more of a pea than he has. Now he seems to be passing something, but it doesn't look like poop. It is almost the same color as a pea, but it kind of looks like it's enclosed in a clear sack or something. It's been hanging from him for about 15 min. now. I don't know if he's pooping peas b/c that's all he's had or if it's something else weird going on. Yesterday I thought the bulge looked a little smaller, but today it looks as big as it was.
Any other input or advice would be great. I'm not sure what to do now to help him, if he can be helped.
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:50 AM   #18
 
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Ok, can you post a picture of the poop? Is it a little white and stringy? This "encasing" your talking about. A lump on a fish can be anything. It doesn't have to mean hes bung up. Is there anyway you can post pics?!
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:10 PM   #19
 
I keep trying to post a picture, but it either doesn't do anything or it says the file is too large. Any ideas about that?
I tried to add it as an attachment this time but I guess it won't let you add pics?
The weird poop was kind of whiteish with what looked like pea color in the middle. It hung there almost in the shape of a tear drop. It looked like a whiteish bag with something in it. I didn't get a picture of it though.[img][/img]
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:46 PM   #20
 
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You have to resize your image... Open it up in something like paint, and in the top bar where it says file, edit, ect. click image then stretch/skew
and enter a number for horizontal and vertical, just try 50, 50 for the first time and see what happens, then save as... and your good to go. So can you post a picture please?
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