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Old 01-05-2012, 08:02 AM   #1 
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Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Montréal, Canada
Fish really bloated this morning.

I woke up this morning to find my little Winchester super bloated. It's happened once before but he made this weird little wiggling thing with his tail and all of a sudden his belly wasn't bloated anymore (i'm guessing he was pooping?) but now it's not passing. What should I do. For all the info look below. Sorry I have no pictures but bloating is pretty easy to imagine. Lol!


What size is your tank? 3 gal. kritter keeper
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets morning and night


How often do you perform a water change? once or twice a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? one week i do a 75% and the other i do 2 50% with gravel vaccum
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Nutrafin conditioner

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? a little bloated last night and very bloated this morning.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? no
When did you start noticing the symptoms? no symptoms, just very bloated.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I did not feed him this morning. I heard I shoul fast him 1 day.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)?couple of months old. maybe 5 or 6
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:12 AM   #2 
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Location: USA
You don't want to confuse a normal full tummy with Bloat and treat needlessly....generally with Bloat you will have other symptoms like-buoyancy issues, stops eating and pooping, lethargic, hiding, clamp fins along with the enlarged tummy...etc....

Since he is otherwise acting his normal self but tends to appear to have an enlarged tummy after a meal that doesn't resolve with digestion-you may need to cut back on the amount of food and/or change food high in grain and gain byproduct can cause gases and make the tummy appear enlarged.

You may also want to increase your water changes to twice weekly 50% in the 3gal filtered container to maintain water quality

Sometimes doubletails and crowntails can appear more rotund due to body shape....
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