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Old 03-12-2007, 09:46 AM   #1 
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Betta Belly?

Ok, so what is going on with our Betta? His belly looks huge and his eyes look like they are bulging a bit. Water is cycled, parameters are good. We do have an air pump going, and I read somewhere (maybe it was here?) that someone's Betta got a bubble, so they had to turn off the air pump.

Anyone ever heard of this? As of now I've turned off the air pump. Not sure what to do.
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Old 03-12-2007, 04:08 PM   #2 
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sounds like dropsy, are the scales protruding outwards?
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Old 03-12-2007, 04:23 PM   #3 
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I'm not sure that's dropsy. I researched it before posting and I guess there is a possibility that it's early disease, but there are no protruding fins, and his eyes aren't popping like in "pop-eye". I'm even doubting that his eyes are bulging at all now. He is otherwise eating and behaving normally. I'm just not sure what is going on.
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constipation probably then. If its constipation (dont take my word for it, still research) then feeding shelled peas will help
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Old 03-16-2007, 08:30 PM   #5 
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Update: No dropsy, no pop-eye, no nothing! Every time I turn the air pump on his belly gets big, it's really weird. If I keep it off, we're ok. I now keep it off, except for a very gentle bubbling for about 2 hours a day. So that is what I'm doing, and he's fine.

I still don't understand it! I wish someone else has some experience with this.
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