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Old 09-27-2012, 09:36 PM   #1 
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Help Betta looks bloated

Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 Gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78 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? No

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day

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? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Just dechlorinating chemicals

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Not sure

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Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His stomach looks bloated
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not at all
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)? Not sure got him from Petco in April

So yesterday I noticed he was bloated so I didnt feed him last night. His behavior hasn't changed at all still moving around really fast, loves to hide behind plants, the filter, and heater, he even comes up looking for food when I open the hatch. I fed him a pellet to see if he still eats and he did. I'm not sure if this is anything I should be worrying about, or will it go away if I stop feeding him for a day or 2.
Here are some pictures. Its kind of hard to get a picture of him because he's always moving around so fast and when hes not moving he's hiding behind things.



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Old 09-28-2012, 06:58 AM   #2 
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You could try fasting him for a day, then cutting him back to one meal a day for a short time. Also, maybe feeding him a little daphnia. It's natural laxative and might help him poop, if he's constipated.

It's a bit hard to see, but he seems very active and doesn't look scary-bloated. See how he is after a fast/daphnia, and maybe update in a few days if he doesn't improve.

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Old 09-28-2012, 07:45 AM   #3 
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Is he having trouble swimming up or down in the water? If so, he is severely constipated and it has caused a swim bladder disorder. I would suggest fasting, bu tit could really be anything.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:20 AM   #4 
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He doesn't have any problems swimming at all and what's daphnia? where could I find it
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:17 AM   #5 
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So I skipped feeding him for two days and now he wont eat and he doesnt seem as active he only moves around a lot if I tap on the tank where he's sitting, should start using epsom salt or something?
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:26 AM   #6 
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I am not an expert in diseases, I would ask someone else
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:30 AM   #7 
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Daphnia arevsmall shrimp like creatures. You can get frozen daphnia in ?pe stores, my Petsmart has them.
Don't tap, it will cause stress. Is he still bloated? Then don't feed, yet.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:04 PM   #8 
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You could try the epsom salt is one teaspoon per gallon and also I believe you need more water changes, 2 50 percent and 1 100 percent a week for your size tank. I sure hope he gets to feeling better real soon keep us posted to how he is doing and good luck !!!
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:44 PM   #9 
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He's still bloated I put epsom salt in the tank, I'll keep watching him, should I do more water changes with the epsom salt in or something? and I'll check a petsmart here to see if they have daphnia

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:41 PM   #10 
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Update: Second day of using epsom salts, and it looks like he's doing better, he's moving around freely again he's active again, he still looks bloated though, should I keep using epsom salts?
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