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Old 05-10-2013, 07:37 PM   #1 
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about a month ago I bought a crowntail red devil from walmart (rescue) and he was completely fine until a week ago.. he gets constipated very easily, and ive been able to get him through it before. but this week hes been like that, with a big bulge under his belly, and now his scales aren't smooth.. and his fins are getting smaller, and his rays thinner.. please help.. I have 2 bettas, and theyre my babies..
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:23 PM   #2 
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In order to allow other members to help you as best they can, please answer as many of the following questions as you can. Put N/A or leave blank anything you can't answer.
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Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:31 PM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 3 gallons
What temperature is your tank?78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter?yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?yes
Is your tank heated?yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
none
Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?tetra betta mini pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? once before I go to bed

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? at least twice a week
What percentage of the water do you change? 100
when you perform a water change? after I get home from school and on the weekends
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? aqua safe water conditioner (for tap water)

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I havnt tested the water

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?dulling colors,fins and rays thinning, fins are also getting shorter
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? hes been very sluggish and only moves to get air from the surface
When did you start noticing the symptoms? last saterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? other than fasting him for a few days no, I don't know what to do
Does your fish have any history of being ill? he gets lethargic very easily
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 year or less, im not completely sure
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:25 PM   #4 
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I looked up Tetra betta mini pellets, and found this listed as the first ingredients: Wheat flour, fish meal, wheat gluten, potato protein, corn starch, soybean oil, corn gluten, shrimp meal.....

A lot of bettas are sensitive to grains (wheat, corn, soybean, corn, etc.). It can cause constipation and bloating.

I recommend switching his food to one that has quality proteins as the first few ingredients. On this forum, the two most often recommended foods are:
--- New Life Spectrum (NLS) betta pellets
--- Omega One Betta Buffet pellets
Petco carries both brands. Petsmart carries Omega One.

Speaking from experience, I have one betta that's really sensitive to grains. He gets bloated and constipated, and ends up doing barrel rolls at the surface. (This freaked us both out!) I switched him to Omega One, and he's been fine ever since.

In the meantime, if you have Epsom salt, you can add a small amount to his tank. Epsom salt has a laxative effect (in both people and fish!), and is safe to use in low dosages. Look for 100% magnesium sulfate. (No dyes, additives or perfumes.)

Dissolve 3 teaspoons of Epsom salt in about a cup of conditioned water. Slowly add it to his tank over the course of an hour. This will give you a total dosage of 1 teaspoon/gal, which should be enough to help "move things along."

I've used this dosage of Epsom salt successfully on my constipation-prone guy. It may take a few days to see the effects.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:04 AM   #5 
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Thank you so much for helping, However, I am sad to inform you that I woke up this morning, and my little guy was gone.... you cant save them all, but you can save some.. which is better than none.
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