It sounds lke he may be bloated. A picture would be help to see if this is the case, or if he may just be gaining some weight. If you are still unsure (or can't get a pic), fast him for 2-3 days and see if you can see any poo in his tank or if he starts to look normal.
Last edited by HarlequinBBRM; 06-30-2011 at 10:44 PM.
If it looks like he swallowed a marble, he's either bloated or overfed. As the poster above me said, a picture is much more helpful if you can get one. My crowntail gets fat easily I feed him 3 pellets a day (2 in morning one in evening) as opposed to my other boys that don't have this problem and all my fishies get fasted one day out of each week to prevent bloat. If he is bloated try fasting him for 3 days and see how he looks. My crowntail if I fasted him 24/hrs seemed to show improvement which is why I just cut his food down. Sometimes its also what your feeding them as their staple diet. I was using BettaMin Pellets and those were too big and too much.. HBH Betta Bites work for me.. some other more experienced Betta keepers might have better suggestions.
well i can't get a pic at this moment, but yes, it does sort of look like he ate a marble, I will fast him for 2 days. but he is pooing normally i think... i have other fish in the tank so i can't be certain but i'm pretty sure
I would definitely try fasting him see if that works. Some people suggest pea's but I read about it being extremely harmful. There are other methods but I can't recall what they are atm.. perhaps someone more knowledgeable will post about them.
If after fasting, he is still bloated, quarantine him in a tank with epsom salts 1 tsp/gallon for a few days. The epsom salt will act as a sort of laxative, and he will hopefully start to look normal. Puting him in a bare bottom tank will help with monitoring his waste, so you can see if he is actually pooping. Hope he gets better!