my crowntail betta, Fierce (inspired by his tail), got his first case of bloat back in June. when i first got him, he lived in a retail store where i spent (literally) most of my time there when i worked there for 3 months and i only fed him flakes. after three months, i moved him back to my house because i quit that horrible retail job (where i slept on my job because it was unbelievably slow and did my hair most of the time), and started to feed him bloodworms. of course, i over fed him because i didn't understand the concept that they love to eat. he pooped every day on a regular basis, sometimes twice in one day. but he never bloated, EVER.
up until his first year out of those pint size jars i save him from, he started to bloat! this would be his second time already.
- i keep him in a 1/2 gallon container
- started to do 2x 100% water changes a week.
- fast him every sunday
- switched to pellets, hikari bio-gold pellets.
- feed him 3-4 pellets a day, soaked in a little cup of current tank water (he prefers them soaked)
- i've fed him a pea monday night where he did a MAJOR poop the next morning then stopped
i have no clue what's going on with him. i came upstairs from doing my laundry, he's belly has gone down from the morning.
30 minutes later, i felt thirsty so i go back into the kitchen to grab a glass of water and i examined him, AND HIS BELLY GREW AGAIN! he is showing no
signs of dropsy because i check up on him all the time, he still have his vibrant colours, eats ALL THE TIME
, enjoys to see my company, swims up to greet me (reminds me of mikoto
), fins are not
clamped in any way, and still blows bubble nests. i'd say he's a very healthy fish, next to being bloated.
what should i do? the petsmart nearby doesn't sell daphnia. i know this because i walked up and down the same aisle 5 times to look for them to storm out of the store fuming with rage.
this is totally random, but is anyone else terrified of dropsy? i told my friends the three things i'm scared of and i listed them from 1-3, 3 being the worst!
1) split ends, zoomed in 300x
2) hair breakage, zoomed in 300x
3) and DROPSY!!!
they actually all look similar, lol
but anyways, i would say it's not that big of a bloat. i'll estimate his belly as 1.5 of this body width, so pretty much, he's bloated 1/2 his size.
i'm going to try Big Al's in the morning to see if they have any daphnia. but if they don't, does brine shrimp work the same way? should i try another pea again? how much times should they poop a week? could it be an internal infection and treat it with?
that not what Fierce looks like, but that's what his belly looks like.