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Old 11-24-2013, 11:20 AM   #1 
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Is this normal??

One of my male bettas has developed a very fat belly. He doesn't act at all sick - he's lively and eating well, but I don't feed him excessively so the belly can't be caused by shear gluttony. It just doesn't look normal somehow. Of course my boyfriend thinks it's caused by a lack of female company in his life... but then he would
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Old 11-24-2013, 01:00 PM   #2 
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It doesn't look normal to me... idk what it would be tho? Is he acting different? You should post it in the diseases and emergency section.
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Old 11-24-2013, 02:17 PM   #3 
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I considered posting there, but he's not acting any different to normal. Maybe I should add a 'yet' to that sentence....
I'll post this there though, just incase. Thanks for replying.
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Old 11-24-2013, 02:23 PM   #4 
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How much do you feed him? How many pellets a day? Has he gone to the bathroom recently?
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Old 11-24-2013, 02:42 PM   #5 
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You know my suspicion is that this is at the root of the problem - I've never seen him poop. I feed him Zoo Med Micro Floating Betta Pellets, maybe three or four, twice a day.
He's in a 2.5 gal bowl with a reptile heater underneath. That has kept the water a nice 75 up to now but I am having a problem keeping his bowl warm enough now the cold weather has hit - it's only about 70-72f. I've ordered another heater online and wrapped his bowl in bubble wrap this morning, hoping that will help keep the heat in.
So here's my thoughts - the temperature is high enough to keep him eating, but his metabolism is too slow to digest the food properly so he's getting constipated.

Does that seem plausible?
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Old 11-24-2013, 02:51 PM   #6 
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It seems logical... I would really hurry up and get the heater though, bettas are recommended to have at least 76 degrees F. It does look a bit like constipation, I would fast him until his belly starts to go down, and feed him a little bit once it does go down a bit. Once the heater arrives, keep it at a minimum of 76 F, but 78 F is the best temperature.
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:03 PM   #7 
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three or four pellets twice a day is a lot. I usually feed 1-3 pellets a day and my pellet is pretty small. just keep an eye on stomach size to tell u if u feeding enough
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:12 PM   #8 
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That's not normal. I would fast him, and add some Epsom Salt to his tank. 1 tsp per gallon predissolved. ES is a laxative.
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Old 11-24-2013, 04:52 PM   #9 
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ok... I cancelled my online order and bought a heater from Petsmart so hopefully that'll do the trick. And darn it Walmart had a crown tail I just couldn't resist - I guess that's the danger of having a 'spare' tank kicking around.
I never intended having Bettas but somehow they came into my life and now I'm hooked, just like the rest of you
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Old 11-24-2013, 04:56 PM   #10 
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hmm... off to the shops again for some epsom salts. Yikes
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