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Old 02-20-2011, 08:14 PM   #1 
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Fat female betta

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I have a female betta in a 5 gal tank by herself. In a 2.5 gal I have a male betta and his tank is higher up and maybe more than 10 feet away (I haven't measured the distance). My female was fat when I got her from a family member. I've had her for months and she's gotten huge. She wasn't like this the whole time I've had her but I don't know what's wrong so could someone please help me? Thanks a lot!
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:22 PM   #2 
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How much have you been feeding her? You shouldn't feed more than 4 pellets per day. You may need to fast her (withhold food) for a few days. Either that, or she's full of eggs. When did she last poop?
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:25 PM   #3 
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I'm not sure when she pooped last. It looked like there was a thin clear thing coming out of her with a colored small ball on it. And I give her 3 pellets a day and I recently was out of town so I missed a couple of days then.
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:35 PM   #4 
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WOW! She is huge lol.She might be bloated there is noway thats all just eggsif you haven't been conditioning her.
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What can I do if she's bloated? And do you know how long being bloated lasts?
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:51 PM   #6 
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A thin clear thing? Sounds like internal parasites to me...
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I looked into worms online but I thought worms made fish get thinner?
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:58 PM   #8 
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No, or they can be bloated. Wasting or bloating are the main symptoms (obviously as well as the white/translucent strings.)

To get rid of the parasites, do 100% daily water changes with around 3 tsps of aq salt. After 10 days, stop with the salt and keep going with the water changes. Crush up some garlic, soak her pellets in them, put them in the microwave for 30 seconds and feed them to her as you normally would... And get some Prazi-Pro- it really does help with getting rid of the parasites. Keep up the treatment until she starts looking better and there are no white/translucent strings.

Edit- And there are anti-parasitic foods as Malvolti mentioned... but I've tried all there are to be had, and my bettas do not like them at all. Garlic-soaked pellets would be the best option, IME/O.

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Usually if bloating doesn't go away after a fast there is a good chance it is parasites. The exception of course if an egg bearing female.

Since it has gotten worse over months AND you've seen a thin clear string I would say it is almost definitely parasites. Soaking food in Garlic might help. You can also buy anti-parasitic food from most pet stores.
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:00 PM   #10 
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If she didn't have parasites then would this procedure hurt her? And is there any way to avoid the 100% daily water changes?
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