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Old 07-05-2008, 09:18 PM   #1 
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Is my fish over-weight?

i can't decide if i'm over feeding her or not. the water is pretty much never dirty, and bagel can still swim with ease. but i can't decide if she's too pudgey or not.

what do you think? do i need to put her on a bit of a diet?

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Old 07-05-2008, 10:28 PM   #2 
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Try to minimize feedings to thin her out a bit.
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Old 07-06-2008, 05:53 PM   #3 
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Bagel could be constipated..My female has problems with that too..more so than I ever had it happen with the Males....anyway..did you ever notice a string of white stuff hanging from her? ( Not to be gross or anything) You could just try giving some veggie..Pea is probebly the easiest..Thaw a frozen one in warm water ( or a steamed one,cooled off), cut into TINY pieces and feed to her on the end of a toothpick..it can't hurt even if she is not constipated..she does look bloated..How much and how often are you feeding?
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Old 07-06-2008, 07:59 PM   #4 
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yeah, i've been considering that. i dont know if i have any peas, i don't eat them XD. i read somewhere that epsom salt works too (but i'm not sure)? would that be okay to give her?

although, i live across the street from a grocery store. i could go buy a bag of frozen peas. and save them for when this happens again.

i alternate between flakes and pellets kinda at random. if it's a pellet day, it's around two pellets in the morning and two at night. if it's flakes, just a tiny pinch in the middle of the day.
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:48 PM   #5 
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I read a post by resident expert BettaBaby and she said that in her necropsies (animal autopsies) she has discoverd that fish who eat peas tend to get digestive tract damage especially if they are constipated often.

She recommends feeding Daphnia instead, you can get them frozen or freeze dried an most pet stores that have a large selection of aquatic supplies. They are a healthy and nutritious way for bettas to become unclogged.
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:49 PM   #6 
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I remember when bettababy and Cody updated that sticky and she said it was better to not feed peas as a laxative and instead you can get those frozen cubes of daphnia, thaw a chunk out and feed that instead.
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:24 AM   #7 
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so i need daphnia. ok. =)
does petco have daphnia?


is epsom salt okay to ue? like a single grain of it?
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Old 07-07-2008, 11:09 AM   #8 
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I read an article about using epsom salt....It was quite involved..not just adding it to the water..I would try the Daphnia first and see how that helps before I would go the chemical route
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Old 07-07-2008, 11:21 AM   #9 
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ok.
thanks everyone =)
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:46 PM   #10 
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Look in the freezer that they usually have, don't buy the big chunk if you can get those packages with the little individual cubes and just break off a bit of one of those cubes.
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