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Old Yesterday, 06:38 PM   #1 
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My newest addition!

I adopted a third (and final!...hopefully) betta today from the LFS. He's a one-eyed koi plakat with a bit of a swim bladder issue. Seriously though, how could I have resisted this little face?






I have him in a quarantine tank with some aquarium salt. I plan on fasting him for two days then feeding him a skinned pea. If anyone else has some suggestions or tips on dealing with a swim bladder, I'd appreciate it! Also, feel free to suggest some names!!
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Old Yesterday, 06:55 PM   #2 
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Peas should not be fed to bettas. It can damage their digestive tract, and cause all sorts of problems as they are carnivores not herbivores. The best thing to feed him would be frozen daphnia.
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Ive never had a problem feeding bettas peas? Why would it matter if they're carnivores?
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Peas should not be fed to bettas. It can damage their digestive tract, and cause all sorts of problems as they are carnivores not herbivores. The best thing to feed him would be frozen daphnia.
I saw this after doing a bit more research so I'll definitely do that instead. Thanks!
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Ive never had a problem feeding bettas peas? Why would it matter if they're carnivores?
Would you feed a cow a pork chop to cure it of constipation?
^sorry if that's sassy, it seems to be the simplest comparison

Foods that are harsh on a digestive system may indeed lead to a desired result, but that does not make them the best choice of treatment.

Another non-fish comparison: I used to eat carrots to clear me out, thinking "this is great bulking fiber, I poop so much!" Turns out I am badly allergic to carrots and the clearing out of my digestive system was actually a reaction to the food, leading to further digestive issues.

If you can't digest it properly, don't eat it :)

I want to look up more scientific explanations haha. The pea argument is still ongoing in most online communities. If the daphnia solution is there - I would say why use the pea?
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Old Yesterday, 07:27 PM   #6 
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I'm actually not sure where to get frozen daphnia. Does anyone have any ideas? :/
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Old Yesterday, 07:31 PM   #7 
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I think peas are okay if you're desperate and your fish is on deaths doorstep, because personally, they have never failed me. (Only used them when I was uneducated on the best of Betta care)

He is so cute! I wonder why the breeder didn't cull him when they noticed he was missing an eye. Unless it's an injury from after he was shipped....
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Your lfs should have them, my petco also has a freezer with frozen food.
Still don't get that but ok.
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Oh my what a CUTIE! never need a one eyed betta before. =)


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Would you feed a cow a pork chop to cure it of constipation?
^sorry if that's sassy, it seems to be the simplest comparison

Foods that are harsh on a digestive system may indeed lead to a desired result, but that does not make them the best choice of treatment.

Another non-fish comparison: I used to eat carrots to clear me out, thinking "this is great bulking fiber, I poop so much!" Turns out I am badly allergic to carrots and the clearing out of my digestive system was actually a reaction to the food, leading to further digestive issues.

If you can't digest it properly, don't eat it :)

I want to look up more scientific explanations haha. The pea argument is still ongoing in most online communities. If the daphnia solution is there - I would say why use the pea?

That was great. Hahaha
I have never fed peas to my bettas and never well. but Man does daphnia works SO well! it makes my betta poop so much when constipated/SBD. ;)
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He's cute!

How about the name 'Squint' or 'Wink', in honour of his missing eyeball?
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