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Old 07-28-2011, 01:12 PM   #1 
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Bloat....

How do you cure bloat?

My old man, philip, is BLOATED! Hes the fattest little fish ever!

How do I fix it?

I can't just stop feeding him, he gets a regular 3 pellets, 2 times a day... like the rest. But hes 5 years old...IDK if its bloat, er swim bladder, er what!

I'm sure its bloat, so I want to treat him for it and if it doesn't get better, then its something else.

How do I cure it?

What do I use?
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:23 PM   #2 
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You could cut down his pellets one per meal per day (two 2 pellet meals, then two 1 pellet meals) and then fast him for 24-48h. If that doesn't work, you may have to do the 1tsp/1g Epsom Salts in a small tank for up to but not over 10 days.

You could also feed him less food, more often. My boys would be some chubby if I fed 6 pellets a day!
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:25 PM   #3 
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Alright, I'll try to feed him differently. I also feed him FreezDried Bloodworms twice a week... do I need to stop feeding him those?
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:26 PM   #4 
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It's totally ok to not feed him for a few days, it sounds like he needs a little break so he can digest all that food!!! Pitluvs is right, an epsom salt treatment will help him alot!! Hope he feels better soon! You don't have to stop feeding the bloodworms, a varied diet will actually help prevent these digestive issues. Just cut back on how much you feed him everyday, he really only needs maybe two pellets in the morning and one at night. A betta's stomach is only about the size of their eye, so they don't need to be fed a ton of food =)
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:28 PM   #5 
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Alright, I'll try to feed him differently. I also feed him FreezDried Bloodworms twice a week... do I need to stop feeding him those?
I feed mine those once a week, I am unsure if twice a week is bad or not lol Can you get them some frozen food?
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:30 PM   #6 
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Whats Epsom salt? Is it like table salt or is it a special salt I have to buy?

I'll just feed the other 3 and give Philip a few days to just kinda hang out. Maybe give him 2-3 days and then if he doesn't get any better after a few weeks, I'll get some salt.
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Frozen food? depends, what is it?

I possibly could, but I don't want to have 7 bottles of fish food.
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:34 PM   #8 
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Epsom salt is something you can buy at the drug store. Its cheap, and it comes in a huge carton. Just make sure you get the kind without any added scents or anything, just plain old epsom salt is fine! It's magnesium sulfate, and it helps reduce swelling/constipation. If the bloating doesn't go away in a few days it would be worth your while to pick up some epsom. As for frozen food, i've heard that frozen daphnia helps with constipation in bettas. But fasting him will probably work just as well.
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Mkay, Well I'll fast him for a few days, if he doesn't get better, I'll talk my mom into taking me to the store so I can get some Epsom Salt.
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You can fast him probably for up to 4-5 days if the bloat just isn't going down. I'd pick up epsom by the 3rd or 4th day. Good luck! =)
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