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Old 01-13-2010, 11:00 PM   #1 
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Constipated betta? :/

I noticed this evening after I fed my frog bloodworms that Freedy's abdomen seems slightly large. Is this just because he ate a lot of them, or could it be constipation?

Previously to this, I fed him Wardley's brand pellets. I only gave him two at a time, usually once a day, or one at a time twice a day. If I gave him more than that (early on :P) he wouldn't eat the remainder. I've never actually seen him poop.

It doesn't seem bad yet, but I plan on waiting until tomorrow to see if the swelling goes away.

I heard that peas help. I don't have any - is there anything else that might help him?

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Old 01-13-2010, 11:21 PM   #2 
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I would fast him for a few days then feed him some freeze dried or frozen daphnia. Freeze dried needs to be rehydrated before feeding.
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:30 PM   #3 
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Daphnia? ARGH. I guess I could get some from the Science labs. Although I'm sure I'd be yelled at. xD

Maybe the pea would be easier. I could probably get some from CVS. Does that work, too? And was I feeding him the wrong stuff or too much before? ;w;
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:52 AM   #4 
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I've heard that peas are bad for bettas because they can't digest them easily. Did you give him the bloodworms than pellets right after that?
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Old 01-14-2010, 10:27 AM   #5 
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Really? I didn't know that.

Well, all's well now... he seems to have gotten out whatever was stuck. :P At least he's not swollen looking anymore... I should stop panicking at the first whiff of disaster, huh?
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That's good! :)
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:59 AM   #7 
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Yeah peas can be used in a pinch, though I personally wouldn't recommend it. Bettas are carniverous, they can't digest plant matter well.

Just fast him for a few days. Do you soak your pellets before you feed him? That could be why he was bloated.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:01 AM   #8 
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Daphnia is a better, more natural alternative.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:23 AM   #9 
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OH! No, I didn't... once they're soaked, they're too big to fit in his mouth and he won't eat them. I'll stop giving him those. Can he subsist on bloodworms alright?

@Dramaqueen - I'll see if I can procure some from a nearby lab. XD
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:44 AM   #10 
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You can always cut the pellets in half so they aren't that big.
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