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Old 06-14-2011, 07:41 PM   #1 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
over feeding to the extreme

My niece just fed my betta around 20 pellets. I dont know how much he ate, but he's FAT and laying on the bottom. I scooped out as much as I could then cleaned his tank. Will he be ok? Should I just not feed him for a couple days??

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Old 06-14-2011, 08:14 PM   #2 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elk Grove, California
Whoa. Not good. Definitely fast him for several days. Unfortunately, not long ago someone posted about a betta who was overfed (mother put entire cube of frozen brine shrimp in) and the betta passed away. :( I really hope this one has a happier outcome.

I'm not sure but as a precaution, you may want to put him in a barebottom QT container and start an epsom salt treatment. Since pellets tend to expand, too, and he's had a bunch of them, he could be facing some serious blockage in his near future. Take a 1g jug or something like that and mix 1-2 tsp of epsom salt in it, pour that into his QT container. You can float the container in his original tank so he stays warm (bettas need temps of 78-80 degrees farenheit so if you don't have a heater yet, pick one up soon!).

I really hope the fasting works. Keep us posted.

The other advantage of the barebottom QT is you can watch for poo.
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