Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-27-2012, 04:47 PM   #1 
babystarz
Member
 
babystarz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Piggy Fish Ate Herself Sick :(

I dropped some defrosted bloodworms into my sorority tank yesterday, enough to feed all of my girls. One fish ate every bloodworm and I saw that her belly had become grossly distended last night. Today she is staying at the bottom of the tank in a Spongebob pineapple, not moving at all. I haven't seen her up at the surface once. She's really not doing well and I think she's in a lot of pain.

Should I leave her alone to try to pass the bloodworms or remove her to a hospital tank? I don't believe there is really much I can do for her, and I worry that moving her will be stressful for her. The other girls aren't bothering her.

If anyone has a suggestion besides watching and waiting, I'd appreciate hearing it.
babystarz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 05:14 PM   #2 
homegrown terror
Member
 
homegrown terror's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Tennessee
i'd isolate her if she's badly bloated and constipated. even if she's got no energy she might find a burst next time you feed the rest, which will just compound the problem. keep her from eating for a day or two, see if she poops, and see if she returns to her old self after she does. if she doesn't try feeding her some daphnia (if they're freeze dried, soak them in water about ten minutes before feeding them to her.) constipation is a common problem with bettas that become the "alpha" of their tank, as they can sometimes eat a whole meal meant for multiple fish and leave none for the rest. if she continues to do this, remove her to a cup or breeder box when you feed the rest, and feed her separately. this may have to become a long-term routine, or it could cause the other fish to become more bold, and push her out of a position of advantage and get them all eating roughly equal portions. (we had this happen a few weeks ago with one of our goldfish, he's more streamlined and faster than the others, so he got more food than them, and would up constipated on the bottom. after a few days of mealtime isolation all was well, though)
homegrown terror is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2012, 11:57 AM   #3 
babystarz
Member
 
babystarz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
I'm happy to report that last night she was showing a little more activity, and this morning she was good as new! I was so relieved, she was SO bloated before that I thought there was no way she was going to be able to digest those worms. But she did!

I think you're 100% right about her reason for eating all the worms, I'm going to keep a very close eye on her and stick with pellets for the time being because it's easier to have more control over who eats them. If she continues this behavior I will have to consider keeping her in a fry net during meal times. The girls get along well with each other so I would prefer that to removing her from the sorority as I've already removed the one female who wasn't happy with the living arrangement and I'm down to 5 girls in there.
babystarz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Little piggy Rosso1011 Betta Chat 10 11-23-2011 07:52 AM
Figment the piggy.... PitGurl Betta Chat 5 05-27-2011 04:58 AM
My silly little female, Aurora, the piggy-fish... Sweeda88 Betta Chat 8 12-11-2010 10:31 AM
Sherman (otherwise known as Mr. Piggy) Alex09 Betta Pictures 13 11-27-2010 07:44 PM
Bad little piggy fish. bad boy, stop that. neenjar Betta Fish Care 7 07-25-2009 05:52 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.