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Old 10-05-2010, 09:56 AM   #1 
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this fish confuses me

I got him yesterday and it wasn't until i put him in his container that i noticed he looked kinda bloated i figured from over eating at the store but then i started questioning because it looked like his whole body had a little swelling with the belly area being big mainly.... anyhow i was wondering just how sick was he and i just caught him this morning trying to build a bubble nest I think he'd draw a lot of water into his mouth then spit it out but all the little bubbles popped and he's stopped. so guess i can rule serious illness out now?
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:04 AM   #2 
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I'd look up Dropsy if I was you, just to be on the safe side. The "all over bloating" you described sounds like it could be Dropsy. Do the fishes scales stand out? Making him look like a pinecone? If so, then it is likely Dropsy.

I don't think it is a bubble nest building behavior unless there are a lot of bubbles as the end result, bubbles that don't pop easily.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:11 AM   #3 
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no it doesn't look like its pine coning he just looks fat right now
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:26 AM   #4 
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That is a good thing at least. Maybe it is just a bad case of bloat then..?

Just keep an eye on him, maybe hold off on food for a couple days to see if he can cleanse his system (poop). ;)

Clean water, good temperature, and all that are of course important too.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:43 AM   #5 
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I've taken some pics sorry i don't have a very good camera where i can take close ups so i hope you can see what i'm talking about.

http://imgur.com/uGwuo.jpg
http://imgur.com/Xb8gb.jpg
http://imgur.com/X1SxN.jpg

btw is it possible that he could be a previously owned betta? he seems really comfortable around me already and really responsive to fingers following and swimming up to the top when he sees my hand above the container.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:09 AM   #6 
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he doesn't really look sick, maybe just over fed. The best thing you can do is fast him for a couple days and watch him like a hawk :)
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:40 AM   #7 
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Sure enough when I went to clean out his container I came back to the largest poop ever in his cup. Looks like his belly is going down a bit. I'll examine later after he's completely back in
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Old 10-05-2010, 01:26 PM   #8 
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He must've just been backed up :) Bet he's gonna feel great now LOL
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:28 PM   #9 
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Just to be on the safe side. I wouldnt feed him for a day or so.. To let him clear everything out.. :D
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