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Old 08-03-2010, 12:47 PM   #1 
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Should I be concerned?

Aurora, my recently bought VT is very active, and seems to be in great shape. But sometimes I see white specs floating around, that I think could be feces? One piece was stringy...

*He is eating Hikari pellets.

**Seems to be internal parasites after some research? Any good medication for that?

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Old 08-03-2010, 01:21 PM   #2 
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If he is still eating, it's not very likely that he's got internal parasites. A lot of the time when a betta spends too much time in a cup, bits of slime coat come off and the feces breaks down a lot and can look like slimy stringy bits. The best way to figure out if he has internal parasites is to put him in a bare bottomed container--I use rubbermaid/sterilite plastic storage bins. This way you can clearly see what his feces looks like.

Generally, when a fish has internal parasites they have a distended belly, they are less active or lethargic, they don't want to eat, and their poop is abnormal. If you notice more symptoms like these, I highly suggest a medication with the ingredient praziquantel. I have had some success with Jungle Parasite Clear tabs.

You should also consider changing to a higher quality pellet food brand. Hikari leaves much to be desired nutritionally. I recommend OmegaOne Betta Buffet Pellets, Atison's Betta Pellets, Ken's Betta Crumbles, and New Life Spectrum. It's also a great idea to supplement his pellet diet with a few frozen foods such as brine shrimp and blood worms. Remember to always pre-soak any dry food you feed to your betta in a bit of tank water--this helps prevent bloating.
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:30 PM   #3 
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THANK YOU SO MUCH! Whew i was getting very scared. I was thinking the pieces were a little too small. He is very active, and very hungry so Im alot less worried. Ill try and get some higher quality pellets though Hikari has been recomended?
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:47 PM   #4 
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Hikari used to be a lot better than it is now. In the past year there was a formula change--not that many people are aware of it and are still recommending it despite the fact that it is now lower quality than it was.
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:21 PM   #5 
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Nutrition levels are as follows: Crude Protein-min.38% Crude fat-min4% Crude Fiber-max 3% Crude Ash-max12% Moisture-Max 10% Phosphorus-min0.7%
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