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Old 09-14-2011, 11:38 PM   #1 
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Betta keeps eating fertilizer!

so i just got my new bettas today. and when i put him in his new tank he started finding little white fertilizers from one of the plants and eating them. i tried distracting him with some pellets (he ate those) but he keeps looking around and eating those white fertilizer thingies.. will he be okay??
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Old 09-15-2011, 01:22 AM   #2 
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seriously anybody!?
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:55 AM   #3 
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Fertilizer? What kind of fertilizer?
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Fertilizer? What kind of fertilizer?
well i took out that plant already but thier was still some white stuff i didnt catch that was floating around. its fertilzer for the plant and they look like little tiny white pellets..
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he only ate maybe like 3 because i would always catch him eating it before its too late. and my betta seems to be a bit lethargic, always hiding and staying in one spot.. is there any laxative or medication to get that crap out of his system??? please contact asap
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You can QT him in a small container. Put him in 2 tsps of epsom salt per gallon. You can also try feeding him frozen brine shrimp or frozen daphnia, both of those have laxative effects. I hope he gets better quickly!
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okay thanks for the feedback im going to buy somme asap. but i was wondering mean while would peas be good for a laxative?? i ve been hearing mixed things about peas so i would like to know your guys experiences with them. and also how do i feed the pea?
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I personally haven't had a problem feeding pea. I do recommend brine shrimp and daphnia first but for me, pea works in a pinch. I use frozen NO SALT ADDED peas and I blanch it by putting it in boiling water for 3 minutes, then ice water for 1 minute. Then you cut it in half and take a tiny, pellet-sized piece from the middle and feed that. I recommend only feeding it once or twice maximum, though.
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alright i tried feeding the pea cause i dont have money for frozen brine shrimp or epsom salt at the moment but after eating his gills were flaring a tide bit. about 10 min later he threw up the pieces of pea. i immediately took it out he seems to be okay but still hiding a lot.. im going to try to get some epsom salt later today, how often do i do the eposm salt baths? and do i just throw him in a epsom salt tank or do i let him adjust to it? i dont know what do im a complete noob. im getting really worried

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Old 09-15-2011, 05:38 PM   #10 
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Don't worry, you're doing fine, SwayLocks. For epsom salts, mix up a gallon of dechlorinated water and 2 tsps of epsom salt. Let the salt dissolve, then add your betta in, letting him adjust to it. Leave him in the water for 24 hrs, then do a water change and redo the salt mixture. Repeat this every day for maybe 3-4 days. Epsom salt shouldn't cost too much, maybe $4.00 at the most at Wal-Mart.
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