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Old 09-05-2011, 01:40 PM   #1 
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My betta's suddenly VERY bloated! Please help!

My red veiltale male whom I've had for a month now is extremely bloated. I'm a bit in shock right now because I could have sworn he looked normal when I walked into the kitchen first thing this morning. I gave him his normal morning feeding of two hikari baby-sized pellets(which I soak in water for 2-3 minutes prior). (he gets soaked pellets in the morning and one large or two small freeze dried bloodworms which I also pre soak in the evenings).

Then I did daily 50% water change, added to the new water his regular conditioner(aquasafe), and a drop of hikari betta revive and a pinch of sea salt, both of which I use once a week. I come in half an hour later and it looks like he just swallowed a marble! He's swimming really awkwardly, he's not sideways but he is somewhat tilted. Right now he's resting on a lucky bamboo leaf near the surface of the water. I'm scared out of my mind right now because this happened so suddenly. I'm already planning on fasting him for 3 days and seeing if that helps any. Any other tips?

I'll try to post pictures when I get a chance.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:49 PM   #2 
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do you always feed him freeze-dried bloodworms daily? if fed regularly, they're known to cause bloating. also, do you always use sea salt? salt isn't needed unless he has fin rot, or ripped fins. salt is also known to harm bettas, if used too often.

i believe you can use epsom salt to reduce his bloat, though i'm not sure of the amount. i think it's 1 tsp per gallon, but let someone else tell you the exact amount. i hope he gets better. (:
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:00 PM   #3 
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do you always feed him freeze-dried bloodworms daily? if fed regularly, they're known to cause bloating. also, do you always use sea salt? salt isn't needed unless he has fin rot, or ripped fins. salt is also known to harm bettas, if used too often.

i believe you can use epsom salt to reduce his bloat, though i'm not sure of the amount. i think it's 1 tsp per gallon, but let someone else tell you the exact amount. i hope he gets better. (:
God, yes I do feed them daily. Guilty as charged Almost always give him a soaked bloodworm in the evenings. Obviously I'm going to have to cut back on that. I use the sea salt once a week so no not regularly but not sparingly either....
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:07 PM   #4 
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it's okay, you didn't know. it's best to give them freeze-dried bloodworms only once a week, twice at most. try buying some frozen bloodworms, they're much more nutritious, and you can feed them 4-6 days a week. also, try regularly fasting him one day each week. this can prevent bloating.

i think for now, you should stop the salt. is it regular table salt with no additives? or marine salt? table salt is fine to use for fin rot and ripped fins, but marine salt is a no-no. the safest bet is aquarium salt. but for now, if he doesn't have fin rot or ripped fins, he shouldn't need it.

for now, just fast him for a few days, and try to buy some epsom salt.
okay, i found the measurements. 1 tsp of epsom salt per gallon, 100% daily water changes. to make it easier, do you have a quarantine tank? if not, do you have the cup he came in? you can QT him in his cup, to make the daily water changes easier. try this for about 3 or 4 days, if there are still no changes up the dose to 2 tsp per gallon. try it for a week to 10 days at most. pre-mix the water and epsom salt in an empty milk or water gallon jug.

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thanks for all your help so far, I'll ask my parents If they can take me to CVS sometime within the next couple days to pick some up.

In the meantime I'm just going to stop feeding him for 2-3 days, maybe start feed him one or two pellets a day if he starts getting better. I think I'll fast my healthy guy for a day too just out of paranoia. lol

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no problem. keep us updated, i hope he gets well. (:
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Ok my mom got a bag of it, adding it now... Still not looking too good, ill see if this helps him at all.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:30 PM   #8 
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Thankfully he's doing alot better than he was earlier. For a while he was just floating(on his side) at the top and I was sure he was a goner. Now a few hours after adding the E-salt he is upright again, he occasionally starts to turn on his side but is able to catch himself. I'm hoping for the best bracing for the worst here.
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hes not gonna quit on my watch! imma help you through this! :D
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