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Old 04-19-2011, 07:43 PM   #1 
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Please help! food poison

My fish was completely normal before I feed it. After eating the fish start to act weird, cannot swim straight and start to show its belly. I dont think its will be able to make it after tonight.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:12 PM   #2 
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What did you feed it? How long have you had him for?
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:27 PM   #3 
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Would help if you let us know what you fed your betta and how much.
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:37 PM   #4 
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Please fill out the sticky at the top of the betta diseases forum here.
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:02 AM   #5 
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Maybe I was freaking out, I think I over feed it. Normally my beta stop eating after a few bite on frozen shrimp, and some other cooked meat and leave the rest. But today I used cooked meat and the little dude just bite like crazy. When I check back with him, he already consumed the whole chunk of food closed to 5 mm. Is there any way to make him spit it out or something to help him digest? I worried he will die soon if he keep floating or laying at under the ship ornament.
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:23 AM   #6 
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Cooked meat is completely wrong for your betta to eat. He should be eating pellets, brine shrimp, and bloodworms (frozen or freeze dried).
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:00 AM   #7 
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Bettas shouldn't be eating cooked meat… What meat is it? 5mm is too big for a betta to bite. You shouldn't be giving him such large pieces, he could choke.

could you please fill these questions? Fill all of them:
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 04-21-2011, 12:32 AM   #8 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gal
What temperature is your tank? 75 F
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? cooked rice, meat, shrimps ( never had any problems until today) The fish would not eat commercial food
How often do you feed your betta fish? every other day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? every other week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API stress coat

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:
N/A
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? N/A
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? show belly, swim on one side, stay afloat on top most of the time or hide at the bottom
When did you start noticing the symptoms? after feeding
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? change water
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? Have it for 6 months after purchased at pet shop
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:37 AM   #9 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gal
What temperature is your tank? 75 F
A bit cold, bettas like slightly higher 76-80
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? cooked rice, meat, shrimps ( never had any problems until today) The fish would not eat commercial food
Stop feeding this food immediately. Bettas CANNOT eat people food. You must buy him real fish food.
How often do you feed your betta fish? every other day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? every other week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
This is not enough changes, in a one gallon you need to be doing 100% every other day.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API stress coat

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:
N/A
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? N/A
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? show belly, swim on one side, stay afloat on top most of the time or hide at the bottom
When did you start noticing the symptoms? after feeding
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? change water
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? Have it for 6 months after purchased at pet shop
I believed your fish is suffering from poor water quality (ammonia burns) as well as a totally inappropriate diet. No where in the wild is a fish going to find rice and cooked meat. Their bodies simply cannot healthily process it. It is absolutely vital that you buy your betta adequate food and do proper water changes. That means some healthy pellets as well as some frozen bloodworms as a treat, and water changes every other day.

The very fact that your symptoms show up after feeding is a huge signal that what you are feeding isn't right.
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:04 AM   #10 
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If you're worried about him bloating, try to find some daphnia from the pet/fish store; it's a great natural laxative and might help. I'd also fast him for two or three days. Then, like everyone else said, get him on a diet of fish-appropriate foods. If he doesn't eat pellets you can exclusively feed frozen fish food. Just don't feed freeze-dried more than once a week.
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