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Old 04-29-2015, 12:29 PM   #1 
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female betta very bloated

I have a female betta whose stomach is becoming very bloated. The same thing happened to another betta about a month ago. These two bettas shared a divided 10 gallon tank and I noticed that the other betta had white spots. I thought it was Ick, so I QT'd her. But then she started bloating really badly. No pineconing, though. It was mostly her stomach area. So I did a lot of water changes, added aquarium salt, and stopped feeding her in case she was constipated, but she died within a week or so. That was about a month ago, and now the same thing is happening to the other female betta. Her stomach is growing very large. I don't know what it could be- I don't think bloating was a symptom of ick if that's what it was in my other betta... Anyone have any ideas? Should I QT her? There is another betta sharing that tank with her now (divided).

Housing
What size is your tank?= 10 gallons
What temperature is your tank?= about 80
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? it's just divided with another betta on the other side

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?= Omega One betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish?= once a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?= once every 7-9 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?= about 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?= Stress Coat

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

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate:
pH: 9
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?= stomach becoming very bloated
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?= behavior has not changed.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?= yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?= no
Does your fish have any history of being ill?= no
How old is your fish (approximately)= around 2 years, I think.
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:53 PM   #2 
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I would say bloating is normal for females, as they get eggy. But white spots? Could you shine a flashlight over her and/or take a picture?
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Old 04-29-2015, 03:33 PM   #3 
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She doesn't have white spots- the other one who recently died did.
Do you think she got eggy because the betta on the other side of the divider is a male? They like to patrol the divider and flare whenever they see each other through it. I just got the male a couple of weeks ago.
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Yes, females normally get very eggy around males.
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:59 PM   #5 
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Is that bad? Should I move her to her own tank?
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:17 PM   #6 
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No, she'll get used to it. I keep females next to males all the time, I currently have a male HMPK in between two females. You could also choose to de-egg her, but it's unnecessary and sort of gross IMO.
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Old 04-30-2015, 03:37 AM   #7 
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If you post a picture we could tell you whether it's her stomach or her ovaries.
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:20 PM   #8 
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True, but I'm 99% sure she's just eggy if she's placed next to a male and not showing any major symptoms of anything.
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Old 04-30-2015, 03:23 PM   #9 
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Thank you all!
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