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Old 02-23-2011, 11:48 PM   #1 
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Female Betta: Obese? Egg Bound? What?

I'll make this short and sweet, I keep my female betta in a 14 gallon tank with 3 male swordtails and 3 catfish (they all seem to get along fine, no fighting). However since adding the extra fish my female has decided to eat everything in site... pellets, flakes (for the swordtails), etc. There is nothing she won't eat... as a result (I think?) she has developed a huge belly.

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There is an evident white thing at her vent, if that means anything. She is also defecating on a normal basis.

If it is obesity, should I remove her from the tank while I feed the other fish and simply give her a few pellets a day?
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:18 AM   #2 
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I'd Say yes, and when you feed them, cup her so she wont nom them. Give her her own food in that time and bob her til theyre done. Idk if its the right species, but some fish are nocturnal eaters and will easy when dark, so make the tank dark and shut off the lights for am hour after shes nommed her last pellet and feed them.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:19 AM   #3 
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:22 AM   #4 
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Safest option would be to feed the other fish, especially your catfish's Just before ligfhts out, drop their sinking food in, turn the light off.

Once its sunk your betta has less chance of finding it from the bottom than she would have if it was floating food.

Personally I find Swordtails tend to be a tad nippy and aggressive towards Bettas.
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:09 AM   #5 
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Safest option would be to feed the other fish, especially your catfish's Just before ligfhts out, drop their sinking food in, turn the light off.

Once its sunk your betta has less chance of finding it from the bottom than she would have if it was floating food.

Personally I find Swordtails tend to be a tad nippy and aggressive towards Bettas.
I must have lucked out with this batch, they stick to their school and don't nip at all!
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:26 PM   #6 
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You can also put her in a breeding box at feeding time so she won't hog all the food.
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:43 PM   #7 
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She is eggy but also really fat. Fat isn't good for fish just as it isn't good for all other species. I would advise cupping her while you feed the other fish.
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