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I went to check on my bettas and found one of them sitting near the top. I took a closer look and saw that he looked super bloated. My other betta looks pretty much fine though. So I'm guessing it might be parasites?? I will get my parameters up, I just wanted to get this thread started. I will also try to get a picture

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Tank Parameters:

pH:7.5

Ammonia:0ppm

Nitrate:10ppm

Nitrite:0ppm

This fish lives in a 10 gallon divided tank. I've had him since February. His behaviour seems to be normal. Maybe resting a bit more than usual but he has always been a bit lazier than my other betta. His only real symtom is the bump

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Could you get a picture? And can you please fill out the DD form for us please? That would be helpful as well. ;)

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  • Other Required Info:
    • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Nutrafin drop kit
    • * Water temperature? 26C
    • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gallon for 7 months
    • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? I don't know the name because it doesn't say and its super old. All I know is it came with a 10 gallon kit a long time ago
    • * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week 50%
  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today is water change day. I have not done one yet though
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 bettas
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often? twice a day. Hikari betta pellets
  • * Any new fish added to the tank? No
  • * Any medications added to the tank? No
  • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Salt for a few days for fin rot when I rescued one betta.
  • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Just the bump
  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Ate fine this morning. So nothing

My computer is being incredibly slow right now. Can I upload pictures from the tapa talk app?

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i would refrain from feeding for the next 24 hours. to me, it looks like he may have eaten too much or could be constipated, if matter is not resolved after fasting for 24 hours, then we can look at treatments..

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How many pellets do you feed in a meal?

I'd say around 5? They always eat them super fast but I resist feeding more because idk exactly how much they should have

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How many pellets do you feed in a meal?

I'd say around 5? They always eat them super fast but I resist feeding more because idk exactly how much they should have

Is it the hikari betta bio-gold? I think those pellets are really small, but I haven't used them myself so I'm not sure how they compare to others. The packaging recommends 5-10 twice a day. When you start feeding again you may want to try starting him off with a smaller amount and/or spread the pellets out over 3-4 meals instead of 1-2.

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How many pellets do you feed in a meal?

I'd say around 5? They always eat them super fast but I resist feeding more because idk exactly how much they should have

Is it the hikari betta bio-gold? I think those pellets are really small, but I haven't used them myself so I'm not sure how they compare to others. The packaging recommends 5-10 twice a day. When you start feeding again you may want to try starting him off with a smaller amount and/or spread the pellets out over 3-4 meals instead of 1-2.

Yea those r the pellets and they r super tiny. I guess we will see tomorrow if it's an overfeeding issue or not.

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Hes looking less bloated then yesterday for sure. He also built a nice bubble nest. I think he's going to be ok. I haven't fed him yet and will probably feed him 3 pellets tonight.

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Could you continue fasting for today? Then tomorrow morning you can go ahead and feed him small amounts.

Also, what does his poo look like? Or has he even pooped at all?

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^agreed

I would fast for at least another day

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Sorry for late reply. I didn't have time to earlier. I will keep fasting until morning. I have not seen much poop. Is there anything I can give that is basically the equivalent of peas to goldfish?

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You could put some Epsom in the water - 1/4 tsp to 10 gallons

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You could put some Epsom in the water - 1/4 tsp to 10 gallons

Okay thank you

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The Epsom salt should help as it gets rid of extra fluids in the body. Some bettas don't like the salt and will get mopey while it's in the tank.

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how's he looking today?

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how's he looking today?

Sorry for such the late response. He's doing much better. The epsom salt helped out a lot. No longer bloated looking

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how's he looking today?

Sorry for such the late response. He's doing much better. The epsom salt helped out a lot. No longer bloated looking

Glad to hear he is doing better! :D

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how's he looking today?

Sorry for such the late response. He's doing much better. The epsom salt helped out a lot. No longer bloated looking

That's great news! Could we have a updated picture?

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how's he looking today?

Sorry for such the late response. He's doing much better. The epsom salt helped out a lot. No longer bloated looking

That's great news! Could we have a updated picture?

I don't think I can get one at the moment. We are going to be moving this weekend and it's kinda hard to get to the tank right now with boxes everywhere. School also starts next week. I'll see what I can do. I also hope to change up the tank when we move.

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congratulations.. i hope he remains in good health :)

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