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Old 10-09-2009, 03:34 PM   #1 
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His stomache is really large

Well today when I went to feed my fish, I have a community tank with 3 neon tetras, 2 black and 2 white skirt tetras and a rubber lip plecostomos. They're all in a 10 gallon planted tank. I noticed one day about a month ago that my betta's tummy seemed a little larger than normal so I added some Mardel and left him fast a little. His tummy seemed to go down a tad. I normally feed them every other day except when they get bloodworms then I leave them fast for 2 to 3 days since all they're bellys are large then. Lately Alexander seems pretty slow and either sits at the bottom or hides in one of the plants, then today I noticed a very large tummy. I transfered him to a small bowl for him to rest and hopefully recover. I added some Mardel to see if it'll make his tummy go down again any advice would certainly be welcomed Thanks

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Old 10-09-2009, 03:41 PM   #2 
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It could be a tumor.....but you might as well treat it more bloat just in case. Fast him for awhile and then feed him some daphnia.
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Old 10-09-2009, 05:04 PM   #3 
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Yupp that is some BAD bloat, if it is bloat at all! I have seen alot of bloated bettas on these forums, but that one is definitely the worst. It makes me think internal infection-- like some organ inside is jammed up and filled with fluid. Maracyn 2 would clear it up in that case.

On another note, you really should invest in a QT tank... nothing fancy, even a rubbermaid bin will do as long as it has a heater. A heater is a HUGE necessity in treating tropical fish, IMO.

EDIT: Not sure what you mean by Mardel, but if this thing is bacterial, the bacteria are most likely immune to it by now, rendering it ineffective.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:06 PM   #4 
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Well it's not Mardel(i htought it was...guess not) it's Maracide, after reading it I guess it's for external parasites. I need to invest in some Maracyn. I feel so bad for him :(
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:35 PM   #5 
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Whew! Glad to hear you haven't already used Maracyn 2 on him! Give that a go, and at all costs, finish the full course of the antibiotic! If there are even a few bacteria left after you stop treating him, they will grow right back and they'll be used to the antibiotic!
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:13 PM   #6 
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Whew! Glad to hear you haven't already used Maracyn 2 on him! Give that a go, and at all costs, finish the full course of the antibiotic! If there are even a few bacteria left after you stop treating him, they will grow right back and they'll be used to the antibiotic!
I just learned about resistant bacteria in science a few weeks ago. Scary stuff especially for our fish friends :/
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Old 10-09-2009, 11:33 PM   #7 
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I just learned about resistant bacteria in science a few weeks ago. Scary stuff especially for our fish friends :/
That it is. I am in Medical Microbiology...and it's scary the stuff bacteria can do to become resistant.
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:35 AM   #8 
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Alright after a day in quarantine I put some salt in his water and tried to make him comfortable, after some poops his stomach is back to normal, so I guess he was severely constipated He's back to swimming fine and doesn't sit around the bottom or in the plants as much. I'm glad he's back to normal
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I'm glad he's doing better! YAY!
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:32 PM   #10 
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wait all you did was add salt water???
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