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Old 01-06-2011, 06:20 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Is it bloat? can I help him?

I went to see my mom for a week wile my boyfriend took care of my fish at his house. When I got back the fish looked like this (pics below). He told me he had been feeding it a lot because the fish would eat everything fast and looked hungry. I thought it would aether die soon after or get slimmer again since I feed it 1-2 balls a day. But now its been about a month and the he still looks the same as when it first happened. He doesnt have raised scales or loss of color. He is a bit sluggish and I dont see him pooping very much. How can I help him slim down? Or is he ok?

The tank - 360 acrylic 3gl tank, heated, well lit, glass marbles on the bottom and 2 plastic plants. Its in a nice well lit area.

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Old 01-06-2011, 06:55 PM   #2 
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That looks like swim bladder disorder to me. According to http://www.bettatalk.com/betta_diseases.htm you should simply lower his feed intake, especially if you're giving him brain shrimp. There's more info there if you need it :3 It also says he's not suffering, so that's good XD
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:56 PM   #3 
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*laughs* I meant brine shrimp XD
Brain shrimp sounds frightening...
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:51 PM   #4 
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Well I'm not feeding him too much, and I only use the little ball pellet food, he has never had a problem with it before.
Is it possible that his skin is stretched? And you can see that its a clear sack, there isn't food or poo in there.
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:57 PM   #5 
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Well, here's an example from google images of what swim bladder disease looks like:


You can see it's much like you're fishy.

I've heard that an enlarged swim bladder can be caused by constipation, though I'm no expert. You'd treat that similarly...cut off "rich" foods like freeze dried bloodworms or anything "treat like" and stick to pellets. It's POSSIBLE that he has a genetic disease (like a defective swim bladder) but again, I'm not an expert XD Just my two cents. I'd continue to monitor his food intake, feed him 2 pellets a day or so for a while.
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:57 PM   #6 
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*your fishy *__* sorry, I get so embarrassed over my spelling/grammar mistakes XD
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:04 PM   #7 
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Yeah he only gets pellets since it happened a month ago. Hopefully it will get better, at least it's not getting worst and he isn't in pain.

Thank you :D
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:12 PM   #8 
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try fasting him for a few days, then feed him a shelled, blanched pea. get the frozen kind, and try to avoid salt if at all possible. it should help him poop. just plop the pea in some water in a bowl(i ususally cover the pea with water, to be safe), and microwave for 10 seconds. then, shell it, chop it up, and feed it to him like you would his pellets. just one or two small bites should help. i had to do this with my VT, Cup, alot there for a while. he'd bloat up bad, be all floaty, but nothing like your boy. hope this helps him!
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:48 PM   #9 
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I did fast him the first 2 weeks when i came back but it didn't help his shape. I will try the pea though, thanks :).
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the pea's supposed to help him poop better. try taking out the rocks you use, so you can check for poops better. :3
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