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Old 04-09-2012, 06:40 AM   #1 
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Question what's on my fish?! poop or parasite?

The title of the thread says it all. I looked at Triangle tonight and noticed this thing hanging off of him between the ventral and anal fins. Is that poop? I've actually never seen my guy poop before, and I sort of thought that it'd come out behind the anal fin, though I've recently learned that's not true(!?)

Anyway here are some pics, which were actually pretty hard to photograph.

He's in a 5 gallon by himself, 80 degree farenheit water, with a pH of 7.5 or so. I do a 50% water change midweek and a 100% at the end of each week. Just did the 100% change yesterday. I feed him 3 Hikari betta bio-gold pellets once a day, although maybe I need to feed him more? I am scared to overfeed.

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Old 04-09-2012, 06:56 AM   #2 
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I'm glad to say that's where a betta's poop comes from(: Hahaha no need to worry, it looks like poop.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:07 AM   #3 
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OMG I am so relieved. Thank you so much. I was REALLY freaked out for a bit there.

Does anyone have an opinion on if 3 pellets once a day is too little?

This is off-topic by the way, but can anyone identify my fish's tail type? I think he is a round-tail but maybe he is a delta?
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:54 PM   #4 
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Yep. That's a poop! Congrats!

Anyways, 3 pellets a day of Hikari is a little on the slim side. Betta do best with multiple small feedings throughout the day. A lot of us here like to feed 2-3 pellets in the morning and 2-3 pellets in the evening. I wouldn't do any more than 3 in the same feeding as the Hikari pellets are rather large (betta stomachs are about as large as his eyeball). If he is a young and growing fish you could feed him two pellets at a time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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