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Old 01-25-2013, 01:00 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Rescued Betta Has HUGE Bulge Under Neck!!

Just rescued him today! He's in terrible condition... What's the lump under his throat??
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:02 PM   #2 
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That is his stomach... He's bloated. It could be many reasons... It's usually constipation due to bad food but it could very well be an internal infection.. Are his scales raised at all when you look at him from the top?
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:45 PM   #3 
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No his scales aren't raised.. I feel like it may be bad food because he was being fed flakes which I hear aren't very good for them. He's otherwise okay, swimming around, quite active actually.
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Thats good! I feed my betta wardley betta pellets, if you want a kind of pellets. My royal loves them!
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Omega One and New Life Spectrum are two high quality pellets. You are right that flakes aren't the greatest. However, I would fast him, watch for poo and see if the bloating goes down.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:14 PM   #6 
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Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
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For now, fast him for three days.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:18 PM   #7 
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Fast him and keep him warm make sure he is pooping the water should be not be less than 78*F
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:59 AM   #8 
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I would also recommend getting your hands on some epsom salt, 100% pure fragrance free.It is pretty cheap for a large amount :) Fasting would help, for sure. The water should be warmer as well since in colder waters their metabolism slows down, therefore can cause problems such as constipation.

You can fast him for a couple days, and try flaring him if he will. Showing him to another male, or using a mirror. That usually gets them to poop

For epsom salt, you can use 1-3 teaspoons per gallon pre-dissolved. I usually add 1, then gradually increase it. A large water change every day, and re-adding the salt you took out works very well. When he looks better, I still recommend continuing it for another 2-3 days just to make sure. He is pretty close to SBD (swim bladder disorder) if he hasn't gotten it already.

Another method is feeding live or frozen daphnia, which acts as a natural laxative.

I will not tell you to use a pea, as it is indigestive and though "pushes" blockages through, it can become the blockage itself...
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Oh so that's. Why you're not supposed to feed bettas peas
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:13 PM   #10 
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Basically :) Plus their main diet in the wild is actually meat... They get their plant based matter through their prey's stomach contents. Also why you gut stuff live food before feeding them to fish, or any animal for that matter.
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