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Old 04-26-2013, 06:44 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Reoccurring Bloated Stomach Issue?!

About 3 days ago I noticed my betta's stomach to be bloated so I did not feed for 2 days and it went down. This morning I fed him 2 pellets and I came home and noticed his stomach was bloated again and little more this time...I was planning on not feeding him for 2 more days, but was not sure if I should do something else as well...

Housing
What size is your tank? 1.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no, my room is kept warm for him
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets twice daily

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? 1 week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 35 percent
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No
Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Stomach seems very bloated
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not that I can see
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes sort of, I am not going to feed for 2 days
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? Had him for 1 week
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:58 PM   #2 
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Try cutting his food down two once a day two pellets. It sounds kinda like you might be over feeding him. ( every betta is different, my moms betta will only eat baby betta food or his pellets crushed, and hes full grown).

Because thats all I can think is wrong

sure some one else might know more.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:31 PM   #3 
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Have you seen him poop at all during the week? If not, he could be constipated.

To treat constipation and bloating, you can use Epsom salt. If you don't have any, you can get it at a supermarket or pharmacy. It should be 100% pure magnesium sulfate. (No dyes, additives or perfumes.) It's not expensive.

Then:
  1. Note the temperature of the tank water.
  2. Using a plastic cup, scoop him, along with some of his water, into the cup.
  3. Clean out the tank. Refill with water at the SAME temp. Be sure to add the correct amount of water conditioner.
  4. Add 1.5 teaspoons of Epsom salt to the 1.5 gal tank. Stir until the salt is COMPLETELY dissolved. (This provides a dosage of 1 teaspoon/gal.)
  5. Float his cup in the tank for about 15 min.
  6. Add a SMALL amount of NEW water to the cup. (Several tablespoons, or about 1.5 ounces.)
  7. Let his cup float for about 10 min.
  8. If the cup starts to fill too much, remove a SMALL amount of water from the cup. Discard it.
  9. Repeat steps 5-7, until about an hour has passed.
  10. Gently release him into the tank.
If the problem is due to constipation or fluid retention, the Epsom salt should take care of it in a day or two. It has a laxative effect (on both people and fish).

As a side note, since you have a 1.5 gal tank, the recommended water change schedule is one 100% and one 50% water change per week. This will keep the ammonia and toxin level low, and help him stay healthy.

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Old 04-26-2013, 10:00 PM   #4 
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Will my Betta die if I do not treat him for constipation?
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:58 AM   #5 
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1) Can you post a photo, so we can see just how bloated he is?

2) During the week that you've had him, has he pooped at all?
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