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Old 02-11-2014, 09:57 PM   #1 
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Umm....I think my betta is throwing up....possible??

Hi All

Today after feeding Marley, my male crowntail, I found several uneaten pellets in his tank. So i watched him for a while after I fed him and sure enough i saw him cough one up. Is this normal?? If its an indication of something serious to show up soon, what should I be on the lookout for?

I feed him NLS small fish pellets, the ones that are .5mm in size. i give him about 6-8 pellets daily which is the equivalent of 3-4 Omega betta buffet pellets, which he eats also. The Omegas are 1mm in size. His pool looks normal, though today I fished out 1 white stringy looking particle along with normal cinnamon bun looking poo.

He is acting normal and is swimming around his entire tank. He has been more active this past week than normal. no signs of ich or anything external.


Tank Info:

- 5 Gallon, heated at 76-78 degress
- Filtration is a Whisper 3i...more for circulation
- WC routine is 2x a week, 40% changed with gravel vacuum
- conditioner is either Prime or Stresscoat Plus
- Food is NLS small fish pellets or Omega betta buffet pellets
- I have not tested his water parameters

Any thoughts would be helpful

Thanks

George

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Old 02-11-2014, 11:47 PM   #2 
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I know my betta, Gray, will cough/spit out pellets if he eats one after another too quickly. So usually what I have to do is drop in one, wait for him to swallow it, and then drop in another, until he has had a "full meal". Other wise he tries to eat them all at the same time and ends up spitting them out.

Is he cough/spitting them out right after feeding, or does it take a while after he has eaten?
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:58 AM   #3 
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Hi Sathori,

Yeah he is a slow eater, so I drop pellets 1 at a time. I swear he chews too, so I usually wait until his head stops bobbing before dropping the next pellet.

It was easily 2-3 minutes after he finished eating. i was poking around with a turkey baster looking for other pellets in the gravel when I saw him do it.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:38 AM   #4 
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I've had bettas do this. Was it just the last one you fed him that he spit out? But he ate the rest? I wouldn't be too worried.
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:53 PM   #5 
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Thanks Erin

I do beleive he only spit up 1, so most likely the last one he ate

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