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Old 02-18-2013, 01:38 AM   #1 
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Persistent Constipation

My betta has really bad constipation and I am really worried. I tried fasting him for 4 days and then giving him a pea, but he wouldn't eat it. I also tried Daphnia, but he wouldn't eat that either. He's never been a voracious eater.

He's been constipated for about a week and this is the second round of constipation in about 3 weeks. I'm considering trying epsom salts, but I'd appreciate some guidance on the best way to do this.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:55 AM   #2 
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Have you tried epsom salt?

1 tbs dissolved per 5 gallons. Acclimate him slowly. Daily water changes, don't exceed 10 days on treatment. It doesn't usually take long for the little guy to clear his system.

Epsom salts really aren't a good answer if this is a frequent thing, I'd suggest maybe looking at his food. Maybe upgrade if possible. A poor quality betta chow may be to blame.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:56 PM   #3 
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Epsom salt is 1 tsp per gallon, predissolved actually.. And there is no limit on days he can use it. I think you are thinking of aquarium salt, which is not the same thing. It also needs to be 100% pure magnesium sulfate with no dyes, perfumes or other additives of any kind. I get mine from CVS Pharmacy. You leave him in the salts 1-2 weeks and fast 3-7 days until you see a lot of poop and his bloat goes away

More info is needed since this is ongoing: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233
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