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Old 03-08-2012, 02:55 PM   #1 
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Why is my female betta fat? Please Help.

One of my female bettas is huge, like seriously huge. I've been thinking that she's just full of eggs but after doing some reading I've become concerned. Some sites say it could be parasites, bloat, or constapation. I've already tried seperating her from my communtiy take and fasting her for 48 hours. She stayed the same size. I am quite concerned and I am probably over reacting. Please take a look at the photos and tell me what you think.
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:04 PM   #2 
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Have you tried feeding her a pea. If she is constipated that should clear it right up. Fast her for three days and then give her a frozen pea that you let sit in water for 15 minutes. Shell it and cut it into quarters and feed it to her.
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:14 PM   #3 
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Okay I'll do that. Thank you =)
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:19 PM   #4 
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I really hope it helps and she starts to feel better the poor thing :(
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:40 PM   #5 
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I would skip the pea, and suggest you try epsom salt, start at 1 tsp/gal then after 24 hours bump her up to 2 tsp/gal. Make sure it's plain unscented dye free epsom salt, like you get in a pharmacy.

Peas are iffy, half of betta keepers will suggest it, the other half will say it's not safe for them. I would suggest frozen brine shrimp or daphnia as a more natural laxative.

It's also possible she is eggy, but I must admit, she looks rather large.
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:50 PM   #6 
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Just out of curiousity why are peas iffy? That was what was recommended to me when I had trouble with my crowntail and I know the same method is recommended for other fish as well. Is it not healthy for them because I have a friend who gives them to her betta every couple weeks for a treat and he is doing fine. Also it is recommended as a home remedy in a book I have rather than using medicine like bettafix.
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:13 PM   #7 
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I regularly feed all my fish a mix of bloodworms and brine shrimp. They really seem to love it. Tho if the brine shrimp should work as a laxative, they're not. She has been about that size since I bought her from Petco 4+ months ago. Also if I use the epsom salts would that harm my other fish in anyway? I currently have her in a 'fry net' in my 20 gallon tank. She normally swims with 9 other fish.
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:26 PM   #8 
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Is the Brine shrimp you use frozen or freeze dried? I would isolate her when treating with salt
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:30 PM   #9 
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I second the epsom salt. Feeding peas could make constipation worse and bettas are not veggie eaters. So imagine trying to feed a piece of veggie to a lion...no go and would possibly do harm to the digestive system.
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:37 PM   #10 
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I feed them frozen shrimp. Thanks for the warning on peas.
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