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Old 04-14-2013, 09:21 PM   #11 
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He could be constipated... have you noticed any waste? if so does it look regular and not stringy or strangely bigger than normal?
If you feed him freeze dried bloodworms they puff up in their tiny tummies which can make them constipated.
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:44 PM   #12 
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Hmmm, now that I think about it, I don't see a whole lot of waste from Adonis. I usually see the otos' waste...
I didn't know bloodworms do that! I would have to really decrease bloodworm consumption, then! He just seems to like it so much that I can't resist! Haha!
Should I fast him then? Or give him an epsom salt bath?
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:54 PM   #13 
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Epsom salt should be used as a last resort, it is hard on their organs and stressful to the fish. Make sure his tank is staying at about 80F the warm water can help get things moving ... if you have a small 1g tank you can use i would put him in there just so u know for sure if anything is starting to move.
I wouldnt fast him since he seems to have done that himself already. I would get a frozen pea from the freezer, get a sqaure of paper towel and dip it in his tank water and wrap it around the pea placed the wrapped pea in the microwave for a few seconds... when its done peal it and break it into two halves... cut up one half into pieces (each piece about the size of a pellet) and try to get him to eat it... the fiber in the pea will help if there is any blockage. feed him about a quarter of one pea... you should see poop in about a day
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:03 PM   #14 
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But I've heard that peas aren't good for bettas?
Hmmmm, I guess I'll wait it out until he's better... It's just that this is the longest I've seen him struggle like this >.<
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:19 PM   #15 
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Peas r ok for them, and they often like them :)
I have read many posts that suggest the pea treatment :) and i have also researched it online before informing you of it just to be sure
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Alright! Thank you! Will definitely try it tomorrow when he's not sleeping :P
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:01 PM   #17 
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well let me know how it goes... keep me updated! im rooting for the little guy
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:41 PM   #18 
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I shall! Thanks for the help! I'm hoping for his quick recovery too!
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:08 PM   #19 
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SSaying this with a really heavy heart. My dear Adonis is up in fishy heaven now. Does not look like anything killed him since he looks pretty much the same as when I first got him. So I'm assuming it's old age :/
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:32 PM   #20 
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I'm sorry for your loss. SIP Adonis.

I have also heard that peas are not the best treatment and that it is AQ salt that is hard on their organs because it can cause water retention not Epsom salt, which causes fluid to go down. I used Epsom salt and daphnia to treat a pretty bad case of SBD in a rescue from Wal-Mart, he looked bad for a few days (I thought it might be a genetic problem and not SBD at one point), but then "surprise" he was just fine one morning. He's been fine ever since. I've now added daphnia and brine shrimp to all my fish diets about once a week. Just to ensure they get the fiber needed to keep everything moving.
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