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Freeze dried blackworms - bloat

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Unfortunately I listened to a couple of my friends "Oh my betta has these, never has bloat problems, I don't know what people are carry on for" and so I bought some freeze dried blackworms, I fed them to my boys maybe two nights in a row and then fed my boys their normal food and then the next night fed the black worms, one of my boys (my eldest Bill) has a really bloated and big belly, I didn't feed either of them last night, I am going away for 4 days tomorrow (depending where people are this is still a day away for me) should I put Bill in a epsom salt bath when I come home from work tonight and not feed him again tonight? and return him to his tank?

I'm really angry as my friends are telling me "oh it will be fine" and I stupidly listened.
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Hey JS,
I would do an in tank Epsom salt treatment with a fast. ES baths are not effective. If you do a water change tonight, he should be fine for 4 days.

If you are not sure how to do the treatment...
Take a cup of water out of the tank. Add 1 Teaspoon per gallon of Epsom salt to the cup and allow it to dissolve. Slowly, over a period of an hour pour the ES mix back into the tank. Do your water changes as recommended, but remember to add 1 tsp. of ES back in for every gallon you remove. Epsom salt & Aquarium salt cannot be used together. So if you used it recently do a 100% water change to remove it before the ES treatment.

A slight bump in temperature can help too.

Frozen daphina works like a laxative, but as you mentioned it can be hard to feed.
Yep, after your water change will be fine. At 1 teaspoon per gallon, you would be dissolving 5 teaspoons of Epsom salt for your 20 liter tank.
Lets hope so, people have used it for as long as 30 days with no issues. I know Bill has had quite a few problems in the past. I do not think the ES will have a negative effect on him.
I don't think it will hurt your cycle at all. If he's looking better when you get back do a 50% WC and don't add back in the ES. Then just keep doing your water changes as scheduled.
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