3 years ago#1
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Hi guys, its me again. I need some help with my betta as its belly is huge now. He lives in a little 3L tank, but my little sister has been overfeeding him for the last week, and now his stomach is huge. I dont know whether to keep feeding him or to starve him. I am fasting him once a week, but it doesnt seem to be helping. I tried to feed him a cooked de-shelled pea, but he just doesnt eat it. I dont know what to do cause i looks like hes about to burst. What can I do?

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3 years ago#2
KJP
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3 litres bowl/tank and overfeeding is a deadly mix. What are water parameters - ammonia, nitrite and nitrate? He may have eaten a lot but if he is really very bloated it also can be more serious. Toxins in water weaken immune system, bloating may a result of dropsy or any other internal infection. How are his scales when you look at your fish from above - are they protruding (pinecone appearance)? If you suspect dropsy (which basically is multiple organ failure) you need to treat with antibiotics. Definitely do not feed him anything for next 2-3 days and see whether he improves. If any deterioration or pinecone appearance is spotted - you need to treat.

You probably know this already - the best would be to get minimum 3 gal (the best 5-10g) proper tank, with filter, heater and lighting. Your bowl is really very small, too small for a betta. Please consider improving his living conditions - to see him not only surviving but also thriving.

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3 years ago#3
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thanks for the response, but i dont think its dropsy, his scales seem to fine, and he swims around fine. As for the tank i do a full water change every week to keep everything out, and he seems to be happy. I tried to out him in a 20 gallon tank once with several other peacefull fish( 2 golden gouramis, 2 platys), but he chased them away, and i took him out after seeing the gouami's tail being cut( as i saw him biting it sometimes). So i guess i wont feed him for a while, but wont that be harsh for him, he seems to be hungry all the time(everytime i come by he sees me and swims up looking for some food)

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3 years ago#4
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From my own experience with my coldwater fish, they nearly always look famished and in dire need of a feed, but i've definitely found they survive just fine on no food for a good number of days when the fish is an otherwise healthy fish.

A bloated fish however would need to be observed as the days pass and if you can recover the fishes condition i would then only recommend introducing food in small quantities again.

I would keep an eye on the water quality during this time too as he's likely fouling the water up somewhat with extra poop.

Hope he improves from his current state and gets back to the fish you know and love

Have to concur on the tank size issue though, 3ltr is tiny really , and if you can stretch to it, i would definitley look at a bigger home. It don't need to be a mansion of a biotope, just something the fish is alot more comfy in.

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3 years ago#5
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does a betta need so much space, cause i heard from my petshop owners that its more than enough, as they usually live in even more cramped up conditions

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3 years ago#6
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In the wilds they prefer shallow but wide water bases if this is the siamese fighting fish looking fish i think it is you have.

Articles i've been reading for this fish type 'suggest' at least 1 gallons, which is about 4.5 (approx) litres.

but they go on to say that preferable is more.

Naturally only you can make the final call for an upgrade, but a reasonable upgrade need not cost a huge amount for a size as above.

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3 years ago#7
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thanks a lot for your help guys, hopefully my betta will get better. Ill try to upgrade if i can, or maybe try putting him in the 20 gallon tank, ill have to see.

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3 years ago#8
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I'd fast him somewhat now for perhaps 2-3 days and then try some fine chopped boiled pea in case the little fella got himself some constipation. (who knows after such a huge feast out recently).

partial water changes should harm either, especially while he's likely messing more in the water. Try not to stress him though.

Here's hoping your fish will be back to his ideal weight real soon.

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3 years ago#9
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he, if only i didnt stress him
i accidently scared him and he jumped out
put him back in immediately but hes pretty stressed
i put in some water conditioner with the stress coat additive
im just not gonna bother him for 3 days now
dont want anything to get worse

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3 years ago#10
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How is he doing? He would need some peace now, for sure, but continue with water changes and yes of you have a chance to put him in to a bigger tank please do - but gouramis and bettas are not compatible species. Bettas can be kept with some really peaceful fish, otocinclus or danio, nothing too colourful or long-finned - because then he will mistake them for another betta.

We advise people to keep betta in 5-10g tank, in some cases where it is really impossible 3g, but nothing less. They are clever and inquisitive fish, like exploring, need to stretch those long fins, need some entertainment and they like very much plants with biggish leaves to take a nap on them

How is his belly issue, has he eaten the pea?

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3 years ago#11
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well he seems to be a little stressed but im not going to bither him for a few days. After two days ill try the pea again when he is really hungry so hell be forced to eat it. Heopefully hell et better

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1 year ago#12
Aryan
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Don't feed him for a day or two: then see if he will then eat the pea.He will be starving by then

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1 year ago#13
Aryan
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What color is he or see(just want to know)

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1 year ago#14
Aryan
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How is he doing

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1 year ago#15
Aryan
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My betta is bloated too

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1 year ago#16
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Aryan, this thread is a couple years old, but I see you posted your Betta is bloated also. If that's the case, don't feed him for a few days - he can go a week without food and be ok. Bettas have very small stomachs, so they don't need a lot of food at each feeding. I feed the New Life Spectrum Betta Formula which are very tiny pellets, and mine get about 7-8 pellets once a day. But like I said, the pellets are VERY tiny, unlike most of the larger pellet food they sell for Bettas.

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1 year ago#17
KSGirl
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I think bloat is what my betta just went through. I noticed a few days ago he had a very large bloated stomach. I had been feeding him pellets, I bought a betta blend with flakes and freeze dried shrimp pieces and only fed him a tiny bit every day. This is day three and the bloat has gone down considerably. He lives in a 6 gallon tank with a snail and three ghost shrimp.

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9 months ago#18
emyli
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I say that it would be better to go to an doctor that does best on that you could also go to were you bought the betta and ask if they know numbers about a doctor that works with fish research on treatments.Well hope your betta gets better.

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9 months ago#19
emyli
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I say that it would be better to go to an doctor that does best on that you could also go to were you bought the betta and ask if they know numbers about a doctor that works with fish research on treatments.Well hope your betta gets better.

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7 months ago#20
Fishy friend
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My sweet little ( baby) betta has a white lump under his neck he's in a 10 gallon tank with a filter and a heater, i feed him 4-5 times a day I feed him (betta bites) betta pellets, and live blood worms he loves them! I've had him for about 1 week I got him at petco for 1.99$ his first tank was 1/2 gallon please help please please help he's my little angel

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1 week ago#21
BettaBae
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FishyFriend, this post is very old but your question is very clear. You're feeding your finned friend way too much. They have tiny bodies so they don't need much. 3-4 times a week actually, equal to about 4-5 pellets each feeding. They never know when to stop eating, because of where they come from they take every meal as their last being food is sometimes scarce. Perhaps with doing that and some obveration too then the swelling may go down. Hope this helps.

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