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Old 12-22-2012, 03:15 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Overbloated crowntails?!

So I feed my fish 3x a day freeze dried bloodworms. There is 5 females in the 10 gallon tank. I actually have 6 total but one of my females is healing in a smaller tank. I have 3 crowntails and 3 veiltails. 2 of my crowntails I noticed are bloated but my other ones seem fine. I don't see any bloating on them. Should I fast them for 24 to 48 hours to see if the bloating goes away? I didn't think I was over feeding them but that may be the problem. Should I go down to 2x a day instead of 3 or should I go down to once a day? What do you all think? Please help me. I don't want to lose anymore females.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:48 PM   #2 
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IME-Crowntails and doubletails can sometimes appear more rotund due to their body shape-This might be why the Veiltails don't appear bloated-but the Crowntails do.
Do the CT act different or have any other signs/symptoms-besides the enlarged abdomens?
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:58 PM   #3 
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They appear fine except for them being skiddish but they eat just fine and swim with no problems. My 3rd crowntail would be bloated but she is still a baby.
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:08 PM   #4 
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You feed your crowntails 3x a day?

How many worms do you feed them?

What brand freeze dried worms are these?

I have the Omega One & their portions are HUGE!!

Besides the worms, do you feed your bettas any other types of food?

How long are your crowntails? Inch or cm would be good.

I feed bloodworms to mine maybe once every 2-3 weeks.
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:17 PM   #5 
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I only feed them bloodworms. The brand I feed them is Tetra Bloodworms. I feed them a few pinches of them. My crowntails are 1.5 inches long or so. I last measured them a week ago or 2.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:37 PM   #6 
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They're fat, you feed them blood worms 3x a day, and you ask why they look bloated and fat? Must I say more? Blood worms are a very bad diet, it's junk food. You can feed the blood worms on occasion, but they also need fiber like brine shrimp.

The normal size of ONE blood worm is enough to feed a betta for 2 days.
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Then I will go find brine shrimp to eat. They won't eat pellets I tried before and they wouldn't eat them.
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Then I will go find brine shrimp to eat. They won't eat pellets I tried before and they wouldn't eat them.
Try harder after a couple of days they'l eat them. They wont starve! My local petstore feeds their bettas various live stuff so my new bettas never eat pellets at first. After 1 to 3 days they eventually learn to love them. It just takes that first swallow.

Bloodworms are a very poor diet. Brine shrimp you can do regularly as they have the protien and the fiber similar to their natural diet in the wild. Worms are treats - I feed those once a week.

For brine shrimp I feed my girls individually with tweezers so I can make sure they each only get one (unless I am nice and give a skinny one two). That's good for an ENTIRE day! Rest them one day - don't feed them one day.
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Well I found brine shrimp and buffet flakes which totals $10 so I will go to Petco next week and get them. I don't have the money until the 28th. I will cut them down to once a day of eating bloodworms until them.
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I've never been successful feeding bettas flakes - the shape and texture is nothing like what they normally eat. Pellets, brine shrimp (frozen), blood worms (frozen) or even better wingless fruit flies. These were my suggestions. Flakes aren't in that.
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