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Old 07-03-2011, 10:41 AM   #1 
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Infection or just made a pig of himself?

Pixel has been refusing flakes or pellets ever since I got him. He would only eat them as a last resort but loved the freeze dried bloodworms I got him. Yesterday I bought him some frozen shrimp and bloodworms. Fed him some worms last night and he ate them pretty quickly.

This morning he looks like this. Bloated belly, no swollen eyes or pineconing that I can see. Should I treat his tank with anything? He got a couple new plants yesterday too, the kind from the bags with no air in them.

Epsom salt maybe? I just hope it's too many worms and not something fatal.
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:15 AM   #2 
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For some reason this didnt make it into the first post. >.<
Housing
What size is your tank? 5gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Other than plants and the filter flow, no.
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? N/A

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Bloodworms and brine shrimp, both frozen. He refuses flakes and pellets, but like the freeze dried worms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Usually 2x a day. in the morning when I up and then evening if he is pestering me for it.

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? 1-2 times a week, 1-2gal change.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? ~40%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? A complete water conditioner for bettas, top fin I think.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No kit :(
Ammonia:
Nitrite:
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pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He's got a swollen belly :(
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This morning
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Not yet
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? About a month or two.
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:21 PM   #3 
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I think he's just bloated, I would say fast him for a day or two. If it hasn't gone away by then get some AQ salt.
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:36 PM   #4 
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If he's bloated you need epsom salt, aquarium salt may bloat him more. Aquarium salt is for injuries :)
Fast him for a day or two like Bettalover said, if it doesn't help put him in a bare bottom QT tank with 1 tsp epsom salt in the water, once his bloating reduces/ he has passed waste you can put him back. Make sure to fast him though, the little piggy! XD
Edit: 1 tsp to a gallon of water. :3 and daily water changes.

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Old 07-03-2011, 03:38 PM   #5 
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Oops, got switched up!! XD I knew that post didn't sound right
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:41 PM   #6 
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Lol! It happens, sometimes I think of something and write something else :D
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:43 PM   #7 
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Lol, still feel like a nub :P
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:48 PM   #8 
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We all make mistakes, don't worry about it ^_^

Btw he isn't lethargic or anything right? Just the bloating? He looks like he has stress stripes in that picture.. I don't mean to scare you, it should be nothing but he isn't acting odd right?
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Thanks.

He does seem a little sickish now that you mention it. Is he acting alright? Swimming normaly?
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:26 PM   #10 
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Yep, as mentioned, treat with Epsom Salt. It is safe to add it directly to his tank if you want. The faster you treat, the better. While treating him, fast him.

He does appear stressed... is the filter too strong for him? Or has he not really settled in yet? You should consider upping the water changes a bit so you make sure you remove at least 50% per week and perform one monthly 100% water change. It would do him good to have a 50-100% water change now if possible.

Good luck and keep us posted!
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