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Old 06-18-2012, 10:52 AM   #1 
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Bloated or something else?

My friend gave ne her beta Bubbles to fishsit for the next 2 weeks.

When she arrived noticed a little bloating and found out she has been overfed a bit. I fasted her for a day but she still looks the same to me.

I don't have much experience with girls so maybe it is something else or even nothing.



Can anyone give me some advice please?

She is swimming around and in good spirits as far as I can tell.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:41 PM   #2 
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She does look bloated to me. I suggest feeding her once a day for about a week.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:34 AM   #3 
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it is day 3 and there is no change. Fed her 3 pallets this morning, first meal since she has been here. She is eating reluctantly, spitting out the red pallets only ate one gray one.

Could this be part of her reproductive system?
I remember reading a while back that female bettas look bloated when they make eggs. Is this true?

Is there something else I should be doing?

Someone also wrote in another part of the forum to treat with epsom salt for someone else's bloated betta, but I cannot find the correct dosage.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:41 AM   #4 
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Esposm salt works as a laxative and should help with the bloating. I think te dosage is 1 tsp/gallon

Just make sure it's not the fancy scented kind.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:49 PM   #5 
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+1 1/tsp per gallon and get non scented. It should make her poop within a couple of hours. If it is an egg binding situation I don't know what to do. I've never heard of a girl surviving that. Don't feed her until she poops. You may just be adding more fuel to the fire as it were

As for feeding only do two pellets twice a day. No more and no less.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:03 PM   #6 
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I got home today and noticed she looked a little less bloated. I also witnessed her drop an egg and bring it up to her bubble next where there are hundreds of them.

I guess she is not bloated after-all, but now what do I do?

Will scooping the eggs out be traumatic or stressful for her?

I obviously need to do it, but do I do it a little bit at a time or all at ones?

Do I need to add anything to the water to help her through this?

I have never dealt with this, by betta Guppy is a boy and he never has such events.

Help!!
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:33 PM   #7 
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She will actually eat her own eggs. it's not harmful, and you don't need to remove them. In fact she'll probably eat them all tonight and not eat anything else tomorrow. She's all good.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:30 PM   #8 
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I actually freaked out when I saw her eating them because she was eating so many. I changed her water and took out the gravel to make it easier to clean next time.

I wish I saw your post before I saw her do that. She is still bloated, but i think it is either because she has more eggs, or she ate so many. Either way, she has nothing else to eat.

She is not very happy about the change, but fish rarely like abrupt change. I feel bad for her but I want my friend to come back to a live fish. :(
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well just watch her now. she may have more eggs in her that will drop out. They kinda feed themselves when that happens
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:49 PM   #10 
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You are right, that is exactly what she is doing. Thank you for helping me, thanks to you I will not be up all night trying to fish them out so she doesn't overeat.

No breakfast tomorrow that's for sure. LOL
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