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Old 06-16-2012, 01:05 AM   #21 
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In a pinch, you can use decaffeinated green tea for tannins. Use pure decaff green tea, no additional flavors or anything like that. It's best to place the bag directly in his tank and steep it until the water changes color, then remove the bag. You can also steep the bag separately and pour the tea into the water but that has been known to cause osmotic shock.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:11 AM   #22 
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sheesh, that sounds dangerous....but I guess thats my only option. I will go to the store and pick that up
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:15 AM   #23 
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Steeping it in tank works better because the tannins are released slowly. Anytime you do something suddenly to the water like dump half a cup of tea in, that's when a fish can get shocked. Gradual is the best way.

Tannins aren't necessary though, if you aren't comfortable using green tea. He'll do just as well in clean, epsom salt water too.
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alright, thanks so much, Ill just keep doing what Im doing and hopefully he will release a load soon.
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:15 PM   #25 
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Any better yet?
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:19 PM   #26 
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No, he is still laying around. And I haven't seen any poop as of yet. I surely wish he would get better soon, all this waiting around is wrecking my nerves
Edit: actually, I just looked in his tank, and he pooped!!!! But it's only a little bit, and some of it is green. Any ideas why it's green. It's normally red-brown

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Green? A betta's poop is the color of whatever he's eaten. Has he eaten anything green?
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No, I dont think so. His food is brown.
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:49 PM   #29 
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Odd. I hope it's not an indicator of something internal, like abscesses. :(
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gosh, I hope not. If his poop continues to be green, then Ill look into that.
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