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Old 07-15-2013, 01:36 AM   #1 
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Epsom Salt for a constipated betta?

My betta is a bit bloated. I have fasted him for the past two days and it hasn't gone down. Would Epsom salt help? Should I feed him today? (3rd day)
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:38 AM   #2 
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I wouldn't really try it just yet. Try fasting for another day. Also, how do you know he is constipated? do you have a bare bottom where you can see if he has pooped or not? does he have poop hanging off from him? There could be other causes for bloating, or he might even be normal just got bigger? have you tried feeding a peeled pea?
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:25 AM   #3 
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Hi... More info would be helpful. Can you please fill out the form below? Also, a photo would help people determine the extent of the bloating. If you could get one, that would be really helpful, too.

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Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:54 AM   #4 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 84, I'm killing ich
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Filter aerates it
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Pellets and freeze dried blood worms sometimes but rarely
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day but I'm fasting him

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Every 2-4 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
10-30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime, used to add ParaGuard and Aquarium Salt. ParaGuard was for the ich and AQ salt was there always but I've stopped both.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? A bit bloated
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? None
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 4 days
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Fed a pea on Friday then fasted
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Ich and Fin Rot
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure, but I got him a little over a month ago
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