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Old 07-23-2012, 12:34 PM   #1 
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Thumbs down Never ending bloat?

My betta Zoro has been bloated for a week. This is my fifth day fasting him and I am getting worried. It is not an extreme bloat but his stomach is larger than usual.

Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gal
What temperature is your tank?78-80 degrees
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?--

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?bettabites
How often do you feed your betta fish?twice every day, 1-2 pellets every time, fast twice a week

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 40-50
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 ppm
Nitrite:0 ppm
Nitrate:0 ppm
pH:7.6-8.0
Hardness:120
Alkalinity:120

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? tummy is larger, his face seems a tad more dull.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? no
When did you start noticing the symptoms? actually, he came home from the petstore like this but got better and now it is happening again.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? fasting for five days already:(.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? fin rot, but he is better.
How old is your fish (approximately)? pet store fish but he is mature.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:22 PM   #2 
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Treat with 2tsp per gallon of unscented epsom salt for at least 7 days. If it's bloat from food it will help him pass it, if its internal parasites it'll help kill them off and pass them as well.
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:59 PM   #3 
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Thanks! Where should I get epsom salt besides online? Does AQ salt work? Also, should I feed Zoro in the process?
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:15 PM   #4 
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you can get it at walmart, target, big stores like those should carry it. No aq salt will not work, that is for external things, this is internal. And you can feed him if you want to but it's best if you do fast him. Although you may want to feed him today so he's got something in his system.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:51 PM   #5 
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Okay! I'm gonna feed him now... if he is not already sleeping. I just remembered that the second time this bloat started was because I fed him a bit too much freeze dried brine shrimp. Is it normal for him to be bloated for a longer period of time because it was brine shrimp? Just wondering for future reference.

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Old 08-03-2012, 07:32 PM   #6 
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I finally got some salt. Does epsom salt hurt amazon swords and water wisteria? here is what it looks like:
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:37 PM   #7 
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Please excuse the mess in the background, I try to clean up but it gets messy a second later:).
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:48 PM   #8 
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I was just going to say to feed him one small meal since it has been 5 weeks, also, usually just proper care without salt can cure constipation. I usually feed a meal every three days while treating constipation, just oen small pellet, just to make sure they are still getting nutrition
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:52 PM   #9 
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I do think so. generally salts are ok with plants. I've never heard of a problem anyways
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:57 PM   #10 
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Epsom salt is great plant fertilizer and will probably help the plants more than harm them.
Aquarium salt, some types of plant aren't very tolerant of.
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