My female betta has been getting fatter and fatter in the past 2 weeks and I thought it was because she is forming eggs, but I just noticed yesterday how hard she was pooping and how long it took her. She's also not showing any signs of interest in the male almost as long as when she started to get round. I'm keeping them separate, but next to each other. She still eats and swims normally.
I don't wanna do experiments on her with salt baths or anything else and then get her killed. Please help.
Last edited by BellaEternitas; 02-27-2013 at 04:23 AM.
Nope, no raised scales. If she'd have dropsy I wouldn't ask for help anymore, already encountered that kind of situation last year on my boyfriend's betta, but I finally managed to find something on google and it seems that she is constipated, the result of overfeeding and low water temperature. Already gave her a salt bath and raised the temperature to 80 degrees Fahrenheit/26-27 degrees Celsius and won't feed her for 3 days. I really hope she gets well again.
She should get better as long as you keep after her. Epsom salts are the ones that work for constipation; aquarium salt might be counter productive as it takes excess fluid out of the body. But I am not certain about that; hopefully someone will be around soon to correct me if I'm wrong.
Even when she is well, you can keep the temperature up to 80F. They really do like it warmer than most fish.
Can you get any brozen brine shrimp? Those are supposedly good for helping digestive issues along once she's better...I give them about once a week and it certainly doesn't hurt.
I don't know where I could get epsom salt or daphnia... =/ I keep them separate, her in a box warmed up and lighted by a lamp and him in the fish tank. I turn off the lamp during night. Now I switched places for her sake, and I keep the box next to the tank so they can see each other. She seems to be noticing the male again, because she flared at him earlier this evening, after I switched places.
Using a heat lamp is not okay for fish. It will cause temp swings which cause stress and potentially even death.
She is very rough shape.. epsom salts and fasting are a must.
Since you're not giving us the info in the sticky I will just give you a general run down on betta care.
bettas need to be kept in 2 gallons minimum. In these twice weekly water changes of 50% and 100% are needed. Bettas kept in 1 gallon containers live an average of about 2 years compared to double that+ in larger containers. The 1 gallon would need 3 weekly water changes of 50%, 50% and 100%, and even then they will be subjected to ammonia.
The 50% changes the betta can be kept in the bowl and use a turkey baster to remove half the water and as much of the debris as possible. For the 100% you need to remove him - scoop him out with a plastic solo type cup and set aside while you thoroughly rinse the bowl and gravel to remove the debris. Then he should be acclimated to the new water by floating for an hour while you slowly add a couple tablespoons of new water to the cup every 10 minutes. When you release him, try to let as little of the old cup water back into the tank as possible. All water changes should use same temp water, matched to running tap using the in tank thermometer and the water needs to be premixed with conditioner before adding it to the betta tank. If you don't already have anything, you can use gallon water jugs from the grocery store - rinsed thoroughly in hot water but no chems.
Bettas are tropical fish and must be kept at a temp between 76-82, with 78-80 being ideal. The temp must be stable and not be dipping or jumping around. In a 2 gallon you can get an adjustable 25w heater. Any new heater should be tested for 24 hours in similar size container with in tank thermometer to make sure it will hold a constant appropriate temp between 78-80F. Then the betta must be acclimated to higher temp either by floating in a cup inside the main already fully heated tank for an hour, or by adjusting the heater to increase the temperature of the tank no more than a degree per hour and 5 degrees per day.
Flakes aren't good nutritional value, and especially with something this small they muck up the water quickly cuasing excess ammonia. You should look for a good quality pellets whose first two or three ingredients are whole fish, not fish meal or wheat. He should be fed two small meals a day (how many depends on the pellet you pick up) and one fast day a week.
How is your female betta doing? I've notice you are from Romania too, so I can give you more information about where you can find pure epsom salt if you still need it. Just let me know. Furthermore, what kind of food do you feed to your bettas? You need a good quality pellet brand, like New Life Spectrum Betta Formula, but in our country you will not find it in any pet store, unfortunately. In my case it was a real adventure to get NLS, but trust me it worth it. So just let me know if you still need information. I live in Cluj.
She's doing fine, back in shape. Found epsom salt at a pharmacy luckily. :D I feed them red larvae most of the time, but I tend to give them every now and then some color enhancing food specially for bettas (from tetra).
Happy to hear that she's back in shape now. :) I don't know exactly what red larvae are, but when it comes to bloodworms they should be given only one feeding per week, as a treat, bettas being prone to constipation.