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Old 05-24-2011, 04:50 PM   #1 
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Bloated Belly... What else can we do?

Hi Guys...

Boyfriend has just bought a new betta... (Yes, I have infected him and my mother now, they both have bought bettas. lol!)

Anyway, we brought him home and noticed he had a bit of a bloated belly... tried feeding him a pea, he munched on that but nothing changed.... got him on a fast now... been almost 2 days and still no change...

Here are some photo's... not the clearest but it's the best we could get...



Hopefully you can see his belly. If anybody has any suggestions on what else we can do, much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-24-2011, 04:58 PM   #2 
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Are his poops brown or whitish and stringy. Im no expert but i know swelled belly + whitish stringy poop = parasites. Hope someone can help you soon :)
Hes beautiful btw, ive been looking ofr an orange betta for a little while now :P
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:03 PM   #3 
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Hi Punki! Thanks for the reply... He is beautiful, isn't he... another one of the those impulse buys. As far as i've seen his poop seems pretty normal... not stringy or white at all... will keep an eye out for it tho.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:06 PM   #4 
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He very much is :) until someone with more experience comes along it might help to fill this out the best you can, some of it wont apply since hes still so new but it always helps them knowing as much of these answers as possible. Good luck with him, once i bought one its hard to not buy more!
Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:09 PM   #5 
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Thanks :) I'll work on it right away. I know what you mean, i started with one, vowing not to buy more... i landed up with 3 in one month, sadly my 1 red one passed away last night....

Thanks Again! :)
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:25 PM   #6 
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Housing
What size is your tank? He is currently in a separate container inside a 10 gallon tank.
What temperature is your tank? 80 F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes, airstone
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Own compartment in tank

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? First day gave him Betta Pellets and a pea, haven't given him anything since
How often do you feed your betta fish? Have only fed him once

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? 25% change once a week, have only had him for 3 days and have done a water change today
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aqua Safe and Cycle Bacteria

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: -
Nitrite: Almost zero
Nitrate: Almost Zero
pH: 7.5
Hardness: -
Alkalinity: -

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Belly bloated when we got him
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hasn't, still flaring and active
When did you start noticing the symptoms? When we got him
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Fed him a pea, did water change, haven't fed him
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Still pretty new, not sure of history
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:35 PM   #7 
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Try salt.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:38 PM   #8 
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There's about 2 teaspoons of Aquarium Salt in the 10 gallon tank now, should more be added?
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:47 PM   #9 
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I thought about salt since the beginning, I even looked for another bloated problem threads, then I kinda forgot to keep looking, sorry <_<

I don't advice you to start a salt treatment in the 10G tank, since salt treatment requires frequent water change, and making a 100% change in a 10G socks a lot, and because aquarium salt can damage your plants or another fishes/creatures in it.

Anyhow, if you want to start the salt treatment I would advice Epsom Salt instead of Aquarium Salt, 2tsp per gallon and put him in a small container... BUUUT! I really don't know if salt treatment would actually help, maybe if it's with parasites then yes, but aquarium salt can be harmful in a long term use, specially if you are using in your 10G, so it's best to use Epsom salt instead.

Also, sorry for the late reply, I kinda restrained myself to reply for some reason =/
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:51 PM   #10 
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Thanks so much for the advice. Not sure we want to start heavy treatment just yet if it's just constipation. Fish is acting healthy and as if nothing was wrong.
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