Betta Fish Forum banner
1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
49 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I love my betta, King, soo much. I feed him 3 pellets a day, and once a week a pinch of dried bloodworms and one pellet. Yesterday I fed King 2 pellets in the morning, but had home counseling, so I told my little sister to feed him. Instead of feeding him 1 pellet, she fed him 4 :(. I went to look at him and his belly was huge and white. I searched online to see what I could do, and just waited til today to clean out his tank. Also, along with having a full white belly, when i was about to go to sleep, his color turned from vibrant purple-blue to dull, almost pale-like blue. I got so scared but decided to let him rest. I woke up this morning and his color was back to normal, his belly was a bit smaller, still white, but decided to change his tank, 100% water change. The whole day though he was sluggish, and he fell asleep a few times near the surface, scaring me a ton today. I just really need to know, if this happens again, what to do. King is my baby, I dont want to loose him.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
392 Posts
Bettas have very small stomachs; about the same size as one of their eye balls. If you don't feed him for a day (to let the food cycle through his system) it should clear out. He probably is just feeling sick from an over-full belly. Let us know how he does!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
109 Posts
Poor betta! I'm assuming he's having constipation. Signs of constipation are swollen stomachs, inactivity, pale, and stringy feces that remains attached. And they're caused by incorrect feeding or overfeeding.

I suggest to leave your betta without eating for several days. Then give him dried bloodworms or even better, frozen bloodworms/live blood worms for awhile. And slowy switch back to his regular pellets.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
49 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I fed him 2 days later, just one pellet. He's doing better, his color did come back, made me happy :) I bought a new tank for King though, and i let him float for a while and released him. Does anyone have any tips about keeping any stress down?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
392 Posts
I fed him 2 days later, just one pellet. He's doing better, his color did come back, made me happy :) I bought a new tank for King though, and i let him float for a while and released him. Does anyone have any tips about keeping any stress down?
Dim environments help reduce stress in fish so you could put a towel over his tank or turn out the light. What's he been stressed from?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
72 Posts
I always read posts on how if you house a betta with African Dwarf Frogs because the frogs are pigs and might eat all the food. Well, I have the opposite problem. I used to be able to feed my frogs until they look plump. Now, I have to worry about my fish eating all the rest. I fed them Sunday and when I came home, my betta's belly was huge! It was smaller and back to normal by the time it was night so I guess it wasn't too bad?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
25 Posts
In the event of constipation, feeding daphnia can work as a great natural laxative. Daphnia is also very tiny which is great for a betta's small stomach. I typically feed daphnia 2 to 3 times a week regardless of constipation just to help keep the little dude regular.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
216 Posts
Poor guy. I know how easy it is to overfeed them, they always are asking for more food!

I have one fish who gets bloated very easily, and I've found that raising the water temperature can help a lot. If he seems constipated, Epsom salt seems to work pretty well, and you'd normally have to fast him for more than 2 days.
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Top