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Old 11-16-2011, 12:15 AM   #1 
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Is my betta too skinny?



This picture was taken after a water change while I was acclimating my Sidonie to his water. I feed him every day, but he has not grown much since I got him 1 month ago. He is very playful and healthy acting, but I was just wondering if he was abnormally skinny.

I used to feed him more, but he would just throw it up.

What do you think? Too skinny for a betta, or is this normal?
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:22 AM   #2 
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He's a little on the skinnier side. You could try feeding him more frequently to see if that helps him gain a little weight.
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:27 AM   #3 
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Thanks for the perspective! I slowly increase his food and see how it goes...
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:56 AM   #4 
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Does anyone have any reccomendations for how much you would feed a little guy like this? I don't want to overfeed him.

I tend to feed less because he was throwing his food up constantly when I fed him twice a day. I used to feed him a pinch of flakes twice a day on even days, and 2 pellets twice a day on odd days, but that seemed to be too much for him so I cut that in half. He's been eating great for awhile now, so I might increase, but by how much?....
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:09 AM   #5 
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Honestly, I give my guy two pellets a day with an occasional afternoon snack if he's being cute and fast him one day of the week. He does great and has really beefed up since I got him. I'd say it's probably not necessary to feed your fish any more than you already are.
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:17 AM   #6 
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Hmm...I see. Yes, he acts totally healthy, he just looks really skinny!! I guess in time he will grow...
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:17 AM   #7 
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Maybe! Is that him in your avatar? He looks fine to me in that picture...
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:24 AM   #8 
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Yes! Thats him in my avatar. It is a blurry cell phone pic...from the top angle he just looks really thin.
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:29 AM   #9 
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Hmmmmm.... think you could get a picture of him from above? I don't think you have anything to worry about, but if he really is skinny and eating but not gaining weight it might be a parasite. Probably isn't but wouldn't hurt to look. Does he poop on a regular basis?
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:33 AM   #10 
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I'm not sure about the pooping because he is just so small in comparison to the 3.5 gallon tank that i dont ever really see any poo...there is stuff on the bottom i have to clean up when i do water changes but im not sure if it is just old food or poo.

maybe i will post a better above picture soon. going to bed now though.

I've only had him a month so maybe thats not enough time to gain much weight...
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