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Old 04-16-2008, 06:51 PM   #1 
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HELP: My betta has eaten in days and is changing color!

My betta, Pepe, is in a 10L tank (by himself... he's spoiled!), but for the past 4 days he hasn't eaten a thing. He sits at the bottom of the tank and hardly moves (doesn't even react if I disrupt the water with a a net). He's normally VERY active. He's now gotten a big belly, is turning grey (losing his color), and is having difficulty breathing. I've down a 50% water change, changed his filter, added aquarium salt, and have filtered regularly (keeping the temp at 25-27C). HELP!!!!
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:22 PM   #2 
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do you know the water parameters? (nitrate, nitrite, ammonia -tested with a master API liquid test kit)

if he has a big belly there is a possibility he is bloated and constipated and he is going through alot of pain.
try feeding him a defrosted pea- cut up into bitsize pieces. that should flush out his insides a bit

hope Pepe gets better
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:44 PM   #3 
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Put the pea in a cup with a bit of water and nuke it for 10-15 secs, then let it cool, deshell and squish it, then feed it to him. No other food until he eats it.
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:48 PM   #4 
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Welcome to the forum!

Sounds like you're on the right track.

My betta will only eat the pea off the end of a teeny tiny tine of a fork. If you have any flat-tipped toothpicks, that would be a better choice.

You may want to do frequent, small water changes as well.

Keep us posted.
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:08 PM   #5 
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Wow he is probably bloated as said before and feeding hime the pea should work.. GOOD LUCK!!
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:17 PM   #6 
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Pea treatment

Hi guys! Thanks for your advice... you've given me hope that he may just be bloating and not suffering from the horrific Dword (Dropsy-- he's starting to look scaly). I've trying giving him the smashed peas, but he refuses to eat it (I tried with a flat tip fork too, but no luck). I don't know the water parameters, but I'll get a test kit tomorrow.

Any other suggestions?
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:28 PM   #7 
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Crank the heat up- around 80-82 degrees. Bettas prefer to live in water on the warm side of things anyway, and higher temperatures can be very helpful to a sick fish.
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:08 AM   #8 
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I also noticed a long white stringy excrement (kinda like poop) that is stuck to him. Should I remove this?
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:40 AM   #9 
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Nope, but I'm going to venture a guess that you were trying to feed something with a lot of protein like bloodworms and he got too much of a good thing?

Keep trying the pea. Eventually he will get hungry enough.
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Old 04-17-2008, 08:38 AM   #10 
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Yep..Poor little guy is constipated...time for a pea
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