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Old 10-06-2014, 07:24 PM   #1 
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Slight constipation

Just noticed fishstick's stomach looked unusual tonight, so i went ahead and did some research and found out it is constipation.
It is not very bad right now, he still swims fine.

I am thinking I should just starve him for a few days? I added like a teaspoon of AQ. I don't have Epsom(maybe i should if it doesnt clear up soon?).

Any suggestions?
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Old 10-06-2014, 09:54 PM   #2 
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Remove the AQ salt, it actually makes bloating worse.

Just don't feed him for a couple of days, I'm sure he will be fine.
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Old 10-07-2014, 12:32 AM   #3 
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oh~~ but since i just did a 50% water change today (2.5g), i will do another 50% change tmr to remove the AQ

I wonder if he will feed on the debris of the tank? Should I quarantine him?
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:05 AM   #4 
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When I had to fast my betta for 2-3 days at a time, I just kept the tank clean.
You're supposed to fast them for one day a week anyhow, and bumping that up to 2 or 3 days really isn't a big deal.
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Old 10-07-2014, 03:18 PM   #5 
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Some people suggest skinned, cooked peas for constipation, but idk I've never tried that before. You could also feed him a little daphnia, as its a natural betta laxative. after he's better try varying his diet ie. meals of dried bloodworms a few times a week. It might help prevent future problems :)
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:00 PM   #6 
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Do not feed peas. Bettas are insectivores which means they cannot digest plant protein. Feeding them peas could harm his digestive tract. Also freeze dried bloodworms can lead to constipation and bloating. Only feed frozen bloodworms.
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:25 PM   #7 
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OK so it's been almost 2 weeks since i have not fed my fish and his lump is still visible.... what should i do? he was swimming just fine earlier today but now he is like laying at the bottom right now not really moving?? is he starving..

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Old 10-17-2014, 09:13 AM   #8 
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You should NOT wait that long to not feed you fish... the longest fast you should do is 5 days.

Can you take a photo? I would like to see the lump you are talking about...

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Old 10-17-2014, 03:03 PM   #9 
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You should NOT wait that long to not feed you fish... the longest fast you should do is 5 days.

Can you take a photo? I would like to see the lump you are talking about...

click go advanced
click the paperclip icon
follow the instructions in the pop up
Oh no! just came home and he is still at the same spot, unresponsive.

this was the picture about 2 weeks ago when i first noticed:



But now viewing from the top is not as big


yesterday morning he was still swimming but starting last night he gets weird and this morning til now hes been in this spot.
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:06 PM   #10 
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it looks like hes struggling to swim up. whenever he stops he just start stinking back down. T_T
and i just found out there is a white strip at the bottom and i just googled it said "If the stripes are horizontal this is a sign of stress"
but why :( is it because i added new plants in and starved him for almost 2 weeks??

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