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Old 09-28-2012, 07:07 AM   #11 
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I think they must have overfed him at the pet store and he got... blocked up... and that is pushing on his swim bladder.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:35 AM   #12 
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It's been 2 days now and that lump on his back GOT bigger... Epsom and the Pea hasn't pushed anything out so far! I am not sure what to do, he keeps stressing himself by swimming down and floating back up.

Kind of scared it might be a tumor.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:08 PM   #13 
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Pea just makes it worse, that is a myth and you can g tell anyone that. TERRIBLE for non-tropical fish.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:11 PM   #14 
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I think you mean terrible for carnivorous fish?? Since bettas ARE tropical.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:04 PM   #15 
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Sorry to break it too you but BETTAs are tropical, since they need at leasr 78 to 82 degrees for their tank.
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:13 AM   #16 
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To me the myth is actually that Bettas do not need/cannot handle any fiber. Feeding pea's is not harmful when offered even on a weekly basis. Just because an animal is carnivorous doesn't mean they do not consume any fiber!

A blanched skinless pea is a great source of fiber. Most importantly, because they are carnivorous it is not fully digestible. This flushes out the Bettas digestive tract, often times relieving constipation or removing any blockage.

Have you guys looked what is in Betta pellets? It isn't just protein. In fact, one of best foods on the market (New Life Spectrum Betta Formula) has algae meal, that consists of seaweed, kelp and Haematococcus pluvialis, a premium grade of natural spirulina, as well as a fruit and vegetable extract that consists of spinach, red and green cabbage, peas, broccoli, red pepper, zucchini, tomato, kiwi, apricot, pear, mango, apple, papaya and peach.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:28 AM   #17 
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Thats what I meant, Its FOR non-tropical fish, terrible for tropical fish.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:56 PM   #18 
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Well the pea's did the trick!

Did one last pea quarantine and now he's swimming perfectly! eating and active!

Loving his new tank set-up too.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:39 AM   #19 
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great news!!!
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