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Old 09-19-2011, 09:42 PM   #1 
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Bloated?

Is Ammo bloated? He looks like it to me but I'm not sure. I recently switched from betta flakes to pellets so I'm wondering... been feeding him 2-3 pellets a day. Is that too much??





He rests on the bottom of the tank like that a lot... so that is a bit worrying, even though he seems alright otherwise? When he swims around, he doesn't seem to have any trouble.

I did a water change and gave him a salt treatment today. Should I continue doing that and back off the pellets?
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:14 PM   #2 
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Uhm, a little. Not much, but I would fast him for a day.

Good to switch to pellets. Flakes cause Swim Bladder and MAJOR bloat. I give my Betta fish 3 pellets every day in one meal. But you could try them at different times. Like one for breakfast, then lunch, and dinner.

And salt will help. :3
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:16 PM   #3 
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He has the "I've been fed" tummy. 2-3 pellets is just fine, a day. Never go over I would say IMO, 6 pellets. I would not feed him right away.

Do you split the feeding up? 2 pellets in morning, one at night, or one in morning, one in afternoon, one at night? This helps :)

Also fast him a day of the week. This helps his digestive system.
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:18 AM   #4 
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He's a teensy bit bloated, nothing a day or two of fasting won't fix =) Three pellets a day or the equivalent in other types of food is perfect for him. What time a day are you feeding him??? Morning and early afternoon are the best times as betta digestion slows down at night. Switching to morning feedings can help cut down on bloat =)
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Its important not to confuse bloat with a normal full tummy and treat needlessly which can be worse/harder on their system...

Along with bloating-(enlarged stomach)-you will have other signs/symptoms-like buoyancy problems, stops eating, pooping, clamped fins, lethargic, hides, color changes to name a few things that you often will see with symptomatic bloat...

Bloat can be caused from overfeeding that can cause the duct to become impacted, inflamed, infected, labyrinth issues, too cool dry air over the water, constipation, internal parasites, deformities to name a few common causes...

Treatment-hold food for 2-3 days, reduce feedings, change brand of food -use Epsom salt (not aquarium salt) increase heat and humidity over the water with plastic veggie wrap or something over the top of the container for the labyrinth organ, live foods, decreased water movement and increased water quality....

Small frequent meals of high quality varied diet......
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:20 AM   #6 
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Thanks guys. I feed him 2-3 pellets per day, in the morning, first thing when I get up (around 7am). I fast him one day per week (water change day). I did not feed him this morning so I'll see if it's gone down at all today when I get home...

I did a salt water treatment last night, but I used aquarium salt, not epsom salt... is there a big difference?? Oops :\ I used 2TBSP/gallon, with water conditioner also, for about an hour...

What made me think it's bloat and not just a fully belly is that he has been chillin' on the bottom of the tank a lot more than usual, and not swimming around as much. So, he definitely seems a little lethargic. But when he does swim, he doesn't seem to have any problems. Just seems tired.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:33 AM   #7 
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Was he being lethargic before the salt because 2tbsp of aq salt is a large amount, even if he was subjected to it for an hour. It must have been stressful going into it and then getting into freshwater again. Next time you do a salt bath, keep him in it for a few days (usually not more than 10 for aq) Epsom salt can be used for long periods like a few weeks without adverse effects. Also limit salt to a dosage of 1-3 tsp. Aquarium salt used for bloat can cause more bloat like how we get when we eat too many salty snacks :D

He may be lethargic for other reasons perhaps? Did you try a partial water change?
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:21 AM   #8 
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Yes, he was lethargic before the salt. The box said 1-3 Tsp per gallon so I went for the middle amount with 2. With salt treatments I thought you were only supposed to leave them in it for a limited amount of time per day, for up to 10 days of treatments total, not just leave them in it all the day? Guess I understood that wrong? And yes I did a water change as mentioned in my op, always the first thing I do when something seems wrong.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:39 AM   #9 
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To answer my own question, epsom salt and aquarium salt are indeed completely different. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and aquarium salt is sodium chloride. I also did some more research on bloating in fish and I don't think Ammo is truly bloated... so I am going to continue fasting him and keep up on the water changes, and see if that helps. (and no more salt treatments!)
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:49 AM   #10 
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I don't even think the fasting is necessary, if he's not truly bloated, feed him a bit less but don't fast him. it might slow down his metabolism unnecessarily. Epsom salt is used as a laxative, good to use when the betta is really bloated/ constipated. Aquarium salt is used for wounds and fin rot to prevent infection. :)
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