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My betta, Tai was sick a few months ago, with SB(swimbladder disorder), and he still is bloated. He has quite a big belly, he's had it ever since. Funny thing is, he poops normally. If this means anything, I did the pea trick, and I was wondering if that had anything to do with it.

What size is your tank? 5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 74-76 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Another betta; divided

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Tetra Betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 times a day, 2 per time


How often do you perform a water change? 2x a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Betta Safe water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has been bloated
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not by much, still eats normally and looks happy
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Few months ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes
How old is your fish (approximately)? A year old

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Would you be able to post some photos of this supposedly big belly?

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Your photo doesn't work for me. I think you have to sign up for their account to see it. Try

You're feeding a lot of food to him. Cut back to 2 twice a day with one fast day a week. In the meantime with the bloat, fast for 2-4 days and add 1 tsp per gallon epsom salts (pure 100% no additives) and predissolve before adding. Keep him on this up to 2 weeks to help with the bloat and the change in feeding and start with this... so long as it's just belly bloat and no pine coning.

I would also switch pellets. That pellet is mostly wheat. Try Omega One Betta Buffet or New Life Spectrum (4 a day on the Omega One and 6-8 NLS)

Also, he's too cold which can lead to a number of health problems including digestive. What heater are you using? Increase temp to 78-79 degrees slowly, with a degree or two per hour.
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