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Old 08-03-2011, 10:59 AM   #1 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: USA

I asked my father to feed my fish for a week while I was on vacation. When I first got home the fish both looked fine, but today (it's been a couple days), I noticed that Gilligan suddenly looks bloated. I'm wondering if my father overfed him while I was gone, except that he didn't show any symtpoms until today. Besides fasting him, is there anything else I can do? Also, I was going to do a water change today, but would it be better to wait a day or two?

What size is your tank?
1.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank?
Currently 79, usually in the low 80s
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
I have a heater but haven't been using it recently because the water has been getting above 80 without it
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
pellets and flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish?
a pinch of flakes in the morning and 2 pellets at night
How often do you perform a water change?
Once every 3-5 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
Usually 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I've only tested pH, which is at 6.4

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
He looks bloated
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He seems to spend a bit more time at the bottom of the tank, but is still swimming around and reacting to me, and doesn't seem to have any problems reaching the surface of the water.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Less than an hour ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I've had him about 6 months, not sure how old he was then
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:16 AM   #2 
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A couple days fasting should help, but if you're really concerned you can try feeding him daphnia, which will help clear out his system. Definitely keep up the water changes, and keep an eye on him. If he's having problems swimming you can try dissolving a small amount of epsom salt in his next water change, which relaxes his system a little (make sure you do a water change the next day though!).
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:18 AM   #3 
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Really in anything less than 2 gallons with no filter, you should be doing 100% changes every other day :/
Also to add on to What Lord said, don't feed flakes. It makes them more prone to bloating. I suggest pellets and occasionally frozen bloodworms.
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:29 PM   #4 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Philadelphia
If ur betta is not better after fasting , then you can use Epsom salt. Epsom salt for buoyancy issues,swim bladder problems,constipation(plant tolerant)

The dose of it 1tsp/gall up to 3tsp/gall with 100% water changes daily.

Pre-mix salt in 1gall jug to make correct daily dosage and water changes easier.

Also u can QT them so it would be easier for you to change the water.

Keep us posted.

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Old 08-03-2011, 04:02 PM   #5 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: USA
If he is otherwise acting his normal self and the only thing is a round tummy...I wouldn't worry...maybe a day fast at most......but-with bloat you will have other signs/symptom along with the enlarged stomach-usually you will see buoyancy problems, stops eating and pooping, lethargic, hiding...etc......

If it been several days since the last water change I would go ahead and make at least a 50% water only with like temp dechlorinated water....

In a 1.5gal unfiltered tank without live plants-water changes of twice weekly are needed to maintain water quality....1-50% and 1-100%...if you have live plants-depending on how many and species you can usually maintain water quality with 1-2-50% weekly-just depends on the species, number and growth state......

Nutrition-good quality varied diet fed in small frequent meals-nothing wrong with flake food IMO/E it is one of my favorite to use when I wean my fry off live and homemade food, however, with flakes its a good idea to have other type of food like a pellet, frozen, freeze dried to feed as well since flake tend to leach a lot of the added vitamin/minerals/nutrients once they hit the water if not eaten right away...they are great for plant food
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