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Old 12-01-2011, 01:51 PM   #11 
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not sure if this be helpful, but i got him at Petsmart around July 2011 and he was like a 'fry'?
he was really small compared to the other bettas, I saw and owned myself.

Example: Petsmart have bettas at 1inch, I found Mushu probably 1/3 of an inch.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:52 PM   #12 
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My recent guy Sammy is having this problem, he just started to pick up some weight and has new fin growth and now his spine is doing the same thing your guy is
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Is your guy breathing fast/heavily?
Sorry to hear, I would have to check later on that. As I last recall, I believe not and hope not. Will post update further today.
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:03 PM   #13 
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Update.
He does not have rapid breathing
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:47 PM   #14 
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1 pellet/1 blood worm doesn't sound like enough food and he looks very skinny.
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:35 PM   #15 
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Total a day on common pellets should be around 4-6, the "mini" smaller version you would be wanting around 6-8, possibly 10.

Correct, freeze dried can cause bloating, but to counteract that you simply just pre soak them for a few minutes in a bit of tank water prior to feeding. That way they expand before your guy will get to them.

They require small, multiple meals a day.. so say breakfast time you would feed 2-3 pellets, dinner, the same. Freeze dried 2-3 in replace of a meal once or twice a week- frozen 2-3 per meal, you can do multiple times a week.

You will want to make sure the first ingredient of their food is either fish or meat meal.. sometimes it's hard to find it. Also the higher the crude protein %, the better.

Dropsy happens for other reasons, not usually, or at all, from constipation. He may of been bloated, which is an early sign of dropsy- have to remember, they tend to only go to the bathroom once or twice every day for the most part, sometimes less. At least mine do- (go about once a day or less) and they eat 4-6 pellets a day (depending on which fish it is), and sometimes a bit more if I add in live food.

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Old 12-01-2011, 10:45 PM   #16 
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Thanks for the info! I guess I'll try feeding him a bit more and see how it turns out. Hopefully it'll be better.

If anyone still knows another possible reason or has information to share, please post.
Thanks again!
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:33 PM   #17 
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After a few days, his spine is much straighter than before.

All I see is a round stomach =P.

So, I guess I was not feeding him enough before.
I current give him 2 pellets in the morning, one around mid-day, and 2 at night. Gave him a blood worm yesterday in the morning and then 1 pellet at night.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:06 PM   #18 
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Glad to hear he's doing better!

Btw- He's Beautiful!

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After a few days, his spine is much straighter than before.

All I see is a round stomach =P.

So, I guess I was not feeding him enough before.
I current give him 2 pellets in the morning, one around mid-day, and 2 at night. Gave him a blood worm yesterday in the morning and then 1 pellet at night.
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:35 AM   #19 
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After a few days, his spine is much straighter than before.

All I see is a round stomach =P.

So, I guess I was not feeding him enough before.
I current give him 2 pellets in the morning, one around mid-day, and 2 at night. Gave him a blood worm yesterday in the morning and then 1 pellet at night.
Sounds like a good amount of food and diet. I would go ahead and fast him one day a week- so his system has a chance to catch up a little with the new food intake amount. But I'm glad to hear his spine is straightening out more :) Always good news to hear one is getting better!
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:06 AM   #20 
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Thought I'd give a 1 month update.

After being fed more, Mushu is a very happy betta.
Swims to the edge of the tank to greet me, and fins fanned out.

Thanks everyone for the info again!
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