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Old 04-18-2013, 02:22 PM   #11 
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I treated him for whatever the heck he has, i'm sure it was bloating then i though it could be constipation..since they are bot internal i thought hey why not use epsom salt..and he's been doing better. He will stay at the top if his plants there which it always is..when he lays down his tail and bottom half sink..but could him being sick really affect him eating??
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:47 PM   #12 
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He doesn't have a problem with straight up eating, he has been sick, like my info says but i tried a garlic..and nothing!): he is dealing with something like bloat, constipation and buoyancy problems. I'm just really wanna save him,
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:30 PM   #13 
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Have you tried feeding him frozen food? It's messy, but if he's not eating anything else, it could be worth looking into. He may like something like daphnia, and they have a laxative effect.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #14 
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But he just won't eat, he used to have such an appiatie for bloodworms and i do try to see if he will even eat, which he doesn't, but like you said being sick can affect him..could that just be it?
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:55 PM   #15 
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I think if he is not feeling well that could be why he doesnt want to eat. The garlic trick is a good one to try just soak the pellets in some garlic juice or the New Life Spectrum already has garlic in their pellets. I have heard Bettas can go 2 weeks without eating so keep offering him his food . Good luck I hope he feels better and will eat soon !!!
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:12 PM   #16 
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I tried the garlic juice soak. still nothing hopefully he will be eating soon!
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:16 PM   #17 
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OK, so.... Is this what's been happening? I'm trying to get a handle on his history/background:
  • You fed him bloodworms. He liked them.
  • He started having buoyancy issues, where his back end would sink.
  • You put him into Epsom salt.
  • He won't eat now. You tried giving him bloodworms, and you tried soaking his Tetra Betta floating mini pellets in garlic but he won't eat that, either.
  • You soaked a pellet in garlic, but he wouldn't eat it.
  • It's been about 5 days since he ate.
  • He's in a 2.5 gal tank with 100% daily water changes.
  • Overall, he is doing better now than he was before you started the Epsom salt.
Is all of that correct? If not, what's not right?

I have some questions:
  1. Can you post a picture?
  2. How much Epsom salt are you adding?
  3. How long has he been in the Epsom salt?
  4. Is there a reason you're doing daily 100% water changes?
  5. Have you tried just giving him a single bloodworm? Nothing else. Just one? And put it near him, so he doesn't have to swim far.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:21 PM   #18 
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Yes, all correct.

1. I can add one soon, after typing this
2.I'm adding 1 tablespoon stirred until dissolved in warm water.
3.He has been in epsom salt for 3 days now
4.I'm doing 100% daily changes due to the smell it gives off and so he gets fresh salt every time.
5.When i used to feed him bloodworms i'd take the end of a spoon move it around to get his attention and he would come up and i'd feed him. Now when i get his attention he just stays at the bottom or come up to the top to get air.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:29 PM   #19 
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OK, let's talk about this smell....

Can you describe it? Does it smell like ammonia, for example?

(Epsom salt doesn't have an odor that I can detect.)

Also, does the water turn cloudy at all? Or does it feel slimy?
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:35 PM   #20 
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This smell it's like a warm seaish smell, doesn't really help but that's like it, a warm seaish smell not strong, but if you get up right over it yeah, you can smell it.
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