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Old 01-20-2011, 04:22 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Constipated Betta?

Hi guys, my recently purchased female is constipated, and shes bent over won't eat and barely can make it to the top to breathe, what can i do to help her poo? is there any foods? Help me!
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Old 01-20-2011, 04:47 PM   #2 
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I would fast and do an Epsom salt treatment

Start with Epsom salt 1tsp/gal along with 100% daily water changes for 2 days and then increase the Epsom salt 2tsp/gal along with 100% daily water changes for 7 more days

The Epsom salt work as a laxative...fast until you see her poop and then offer half or really small feedings twice a day.

Best done in QT and pre-mix of Epsom salt (Not aquarium salt) this will make water changes and correct dosage easier
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ok! good i dont have any aquarium salt! XD ill get some for other uses of betta sicknesses! Thanks OFL! your always helpful!
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It is good to have both Aquarium salt (sodium chloride) and Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) on hand all the time when you keep salt tolerant species of fish......you can get Epsom salt at most stores that have a pharmacy dept....it is usually not found at pet shops...

Keep us posted on how she is doing....
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i have TONS of epsom salt! No need to worry! XD im on it!
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:10 PM   #6 
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should i put gravel in or no?
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:54 PM   #7 
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ill say thats a "if you want"
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:44 PM   #8 
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I like to use bare bottom with my QT containers...so I can see what comes out of the fish, not too heavy and sink...even thought I do duct tape the Qt to the side of a heated tank and it is easier to clean with the daily water changes....but thats me.....
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