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Old 03-01-2009, 08:36 PM   #21 
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Our betta is really losing his colour - I don't think things are looking very good for him.
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:03 AM   #22 
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Oh, that's not good. Has he continued to poop? What color was the poop when he had one?

Some distant possibilities that could cause extreme bloating are internal parasites and an internal bacterial infection.
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:19 AM   #23 
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He hasn't pooped again. It was quite light - more like a yellowy colour.

I guess I better do some digging for info on internal parasites and bacterial infections. Thanks for that info. I will look into that.
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:46 PM   #24 
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The daphnia should be here by tomorrow (Wed). We had to order it in from Vancouver! Needless to say that we got hammered on the delivery charges since we are just outside of Toronto but we will try just about anything for this little guy.

The more I look at him the more I think that it could be a combination of constipation and some kind of internal parasite (or tumor). In the case of the constipation we have the daphnia. I also realize that if it is a tumour we are pretty much out of luck. But in the event that it is a parasite, can anybody recommend any kind of medicine? So far we are looking at getting the Jungle Anti-Parasite Medicated Fish Food (at Petsmart) because it is about all that we can find around here. Since he has a lot of white stuff floating around the bowl which appears to be coming out of him (almost like he is smoking), we are thinking parasite. Here is a link to the food:

Anti-Parasite Medicated Fish Food - Medications - Fish - PetSmart

Is there anything else we should consider in terms of medicated foods or whatever?
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:49 PM   #25 
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Poor thing! I hope the medicated food and daphnia will help.
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Old 03-04-2009, 07:55 AM   #26 
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Actually, that medicated food is the only thing I've had any luck with so far. I rescued some guppies that had internal parasites and almost the entire tank got wiped out before I even figured out what was killing them. I tried EVERYTHING and finally ran into that food. So far it does seem to be working :) So, I'd say it's worth a try.
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Old 03-04-2009, 04:21 PM   #27 
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Ok I just don't know what else to do with this little guy.

The daphnia arrived today. He won't touch it.

I also bought the Jungle anti-parasite medicated food today. I thought I would try that since he wouldn't eat the daphnia. At least he tried this food, however, he spit it right back out. Not sure what we will try next.

I am not positve if what he has is parasites or not. The white cottony stuff that ends up in his bowl could be something he is pooping and not something coming from his mouth.

This little guys is a complete puzzler.
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Old 03-04-2009, 04:52 PM   #28 
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Another comment on the white cotton like stuff is it isn't stringy. It is little fluffy like stuff.
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I think there is something called Garlic Guard that is supposed to make food more tasty for sick fish and fish that won't eat.
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:38 PM   #30 
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Thanks for the info - I will see if I can find that in hopes he will eat it otherwise I don't know if there is anything else I can do to try to help him. You have been very helpful.
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