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Old 04-12-2009, 12:59 PM   #1 
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Epsom Salt Bath for Constipation?

I've tried daphnia for my betta who I believe is consitipated and he won't eat anything. He is no longer active and hangs around the top of the tank or at the bottom. Quite a few sites on the internet suggest an epsom salt bath to help relieve the constipation. Has anyone ever tried this? Does anyone have any other ideas?

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Old 04-12-2009, 01:51 PM   #2 
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Have you tried fasting him first for a couple of days? After the fast, you could offer him some pea (a small piece). Don't use canned peas as they are preserved in salt. Use fresh or frozen, blanch and remove the shell. I'd try this first before trying the epsom salts.
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:59 PM   #3 
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Number one, Stop feeding the Betta.. It's really dangerous to continue feeding when they are constipated.
Bettas can live for a very long time without food
Take a frozen or fresh pea, you can used canned peas if you don't have fresh or frozen, but they contain a lot of salt), cook it until it's squishy. Peel the skin off, and break the insides into small pieces. Do your best to tempt the Betta into eating some of them, my fish love these,

if not Add 1 Tbsp per gallon of Epsom Salt.
Place the Betta in the Epsom Salt bath for 15-20 minutes.
An Epsom Salt bath can be repeated up to two times a day/
Just be aware that an Epsom salts bath is stressful to the fish and should only be used as a last resort to save the betta's life

So try the pea first,

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Old 04-12-2009, 02:04 PM   #4 
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Thanks to all for the info. I have been fasting him for three days. I offered the daphnia to him on Friday night and he never even investigated it. I don't think he was interested in eating anything at all. Will he eventually get better or do I run the risk of losing him?
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:16 PM   #5 
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Depending on how bad off he is,
I think I would fast him for at least a week and then see if there's a change.
Constipation is one of those things I believe vital to catching early, It increases there chances of survival.

It's your call as to how bad off he is, and what you decide to do.

Sorry I do not know what else to tell you,
Good luck and I hope he pulls thru.

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Old 04-12-2009, 03:25 PM   #6 
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Something I should have mentioned that I believe fairly important.

Fish should be pre-conditioned to eating peas and daphni before it becomes a point of necessity,
Simple because some fish will shy away from foods they are not familiar with,

By pre-introducing you avoid this problem
This way when they are sick they know its food you are offering.

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Old 04-12-2009, 03:36 PM   #7 
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i wouldn't reccommend it.
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Old 04-12-2009, 06:28 PM   #8 
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I had a betta once who was constipated and didn'yt eat for a week. After he pooped, he ate.
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:49 PM   #9 
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Using canned peas would be counter productive because they are preserved in salt - the kind of salt that would encourage bloating (drawing fluid into the body). Fresh or frozen would be best in this instance.
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:38 PM   #10 
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Daphnia is a better, more natural alternative to peas.
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