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Old 05-07-2010, 07:35 AM   #1 
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Please help me

My female betta still looks a little bloated. I got her a little over a week ago and once she was in the tank I noticed she seemed a little bloated. So I fasted her a couple days, and it didn't seem to be going down so I started to feed her. I fed her two pellets in the morning and 2 at night. and it seemed to slowly go down, but its still there. She eats just fine. she also always stays at the top of the tank towards the surface. I have noticed my male does that to. Is there anything I can do to make their tank more comfortable for them? Their water temp is about 75 I think. Its the exact same for both of them. They both have lots of plants, and little caves, but I think it something to do with the water...
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:06 AM   #2 
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I just looked at my female and she has a longish stringy thing hanging out of her stomach. It kind of looks like a hook. Is this serious? I am going to do a 25% water change right now.
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:51 AM   #3 
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I was going to say that she probably has eggs, but what does the stringy thing look like? Is it a white mucousy thing?
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Old 05-07-2010, 05:28 PM   #4 
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Yeah, the is kinda what it looked like. It is gone now though. But she still is quite inactive and stays towards the top.
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:24 PM   #5 
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Isn't that stringy thing comming out of her stomach poop? Haha
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:43 PM   #6 
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The white stringy thing is poop, though it's not good that it's white and stringy. How long has she been bloated. She's probably eggy if fasting and such doesn't help. I hope she doesn't become eggbound.

Females will occasionally fill up with eggs even without the presence of a male, just like most other female animals going into season. Normally they will either re absorb the eggs or they'll release them and eat them. An eggbound female cant do either, her eggs are sort of stuck. And she'll keep filling up until her eggsac bursts.
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Old 05-08-2010, 06:54 AM   #7 
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She seems to have been bloated probally two weeks now. Although to be honest not sure if she is bloated or just a fat fish or has eggs. But her stomach seems a little bigger then it should so...
Okay, well is there anything I can do to help her? Or should I fast her for a while again? How long should I fast her if I even should fast her.

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Old 05-08-2010, 04:59 PM   #8 
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That fish can go a LONG time without food...like 2 weeks. If she has too much food in her, a good long fast will clear it up. If not, it won't hurt her while you rule out the possibility.
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:31 PM   #9 
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Stringy white poop usually indicates intestinal parasites. I really hope she doesn't have them. Just keep an eye on her and check her poop. I would put her in a hospital tank with no bottom so you can see her poop easily. Make sure her water is very clean and don't use any of the nets, cleaning brushes etc that you use on her on your other fish. Parasites can be very contagious.
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Old 05-09-2010, 06:47 AM   #10 
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Okay, I will go and buy a hospital tank for them. And will use my extra net. Is there anything I should put in her water? And how can I get rid of the parasites?
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