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Old 03-29-2013, 12:19 AM   #11 
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I think that 5.5 gallons is okay. 10g is ideal, but that's just my opinion. you are doing fine. I have never had to use epsom salt, so i do not know the requirements. all i know is to NEVER use peas. Good Luck !
Thank you for the words of encouragement! I usually get people telling me I am a cruel person and what not.

But yeah, he does seem bloated, but he is acting just as energetic as normal. No peas? That's all I hear about. Why no peas? I think I'll just fast him (hopefully the guppy gals will be okay too)
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:56 AM   #12 
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There is a lot of controversy about peas on this forum. Some people say it's ok to feed a bit of pea if the Betta is suffering from constipation. Others say that peas are not a natural part of a bettas diet, and can cause intestinal blockage, etc.....

I'd still like to see what he looks like right before you feed him though.

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Old 03-29-2013, 09:05 AM   #13 
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This morning

When I fed him this morning, the picture I snapped made him look actually normal :) Maybe he's chubby?

This was BEFORE I fed him.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:22 AM   #14 
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IMO, he looks normal before feeding.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:25 AM   #15 
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He won't die unless the bloating is serious, and I would fast him for a couple days =3-4 and only if you think he needs it.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:02 AM   #16 
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Thank you so much everyone! You have made me a much less paranoid betta mama. So I take it he is just a bit chubby then :)

This forum is great! Thank y'all so much!
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:56 PM   #17 
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Just a quick update!

His swelling went down before I fed him this morning and I am fasting him on weekends. So, my problem is solved! He might be sensitive to the grain as I read in other forum, so I think I'll just vary his diet a bit. I might be able to get my hands on some free daphnia!

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Old 03-30-2013, 03:59 PM   #18 
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He looks OK in the 'before feeding' photos! So yes, you may just need to find a higher protein quality pellet. Here's a good thread that compares some brands of food.
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