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Old 11-05-2012, 06:12 PM   #1
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ok guys i have a problem Lucius has something wrong with him. his attitude hasn't changed at all or how active he is. however this morning when i got out of classes i realized that under his gills in the area of his front fins it seems swollen. here is a picture i don't know how well you can see it but any suggestions would be great to help my little guy out.

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Old 11-05-2012, 08:32 PM   #2
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i know it ain't pregnant....but that's about all....the expert will be with you shortly....
yoo hoo.....betta man....
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:04 PM   #3
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Betta man is your man in this case but I would recommend that you get that fish a heated, filtered, bigger aquarium. I know you have been planning to upgrade so why not know? Is he eating or pooping alright? Might be constipated if he isn't. In that case feed a pealed pea. But maybe wait for somebody else to help you first.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:31 PM   #4
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He's moving to his heated filtered tank as soon as I find out what's wrong with him and how to treat it


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Old 11-06-2012, 07:16 AM   #5
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Well it will be better for him in a heated filtered aquarium, and he might actually heal up better there. Of course you can treat him were he is but I think that it wouldn't work as well.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:16 AM   #6
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I would say stop feeding for a couple of days and see if the swell goes down by doing that.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:05 PM   #7
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Looks to me like some bloat. Can be from constipation or parasites. More times than not though its constipation. You can do a epsom salt treatment for him though.

In a heated (78) tank/bowl of atleast 1.5-3 gallons, add 1 tsp of epsom salt daily for 5-10 days. Each of those days do a 90% water change. You dont want to 100% because it would be just to stressful on the fishes system. The Epsom salt helps with constipation and bloat. If the bloat doesnt go away or gets worse, you could try an aquarium salt treatment later on down the road, bloat that remains for a long period or gets worse would most likely be signs of parasites. A pea deskinned may work but feed this in small moderation, peas long term arent good for bettas, their digestion isnt set up for it. Some ignore them completely though. I would fast the betta for 24 hours then begin to re feed very small amounts after that til the bloat goes down, its also hard on their system to fast them for more than 24 hours, 48 at the most.
Dont forget to add stress coat at each water change.

What are you feeding, how much and how often? Diet can make a big difference when it comes to dealing with bloat/constipation.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:26 PM   #8
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Try feeding a pea. If he starts pineconing, (scales stick out) then he has dropsy.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:41 PM   #9
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bettas (like a lot of other fish) can go without food for much longer than 24h or 48h. And if the fish is bloated you don't want to feed it regular fish food as this will just contribute. Feed a pealed pea and hold of the feeding. I don't think you will need salt treatments as long as it is just bloating.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:50 PM   #10
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I know someone who fasted their fish over 30 days and the fish survived. It won't die with a week of fasting.
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you guys are all wrong..he has swellicus bellicanaurium.....treat with liberal amounts of bagbalm....
it could be a number of things going on..could even be a tumor...could just be bloat or constipation...always feed your fish (all of them) either spirulina or veggie flakes at least twice a week....this will help them from getting this condition...

nw go get that bagbalm...lol
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:31 PM   #12
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I dunno, I know bettas can go without food that long, but I was told by several, its best to feed after 24 hours in order to help things push through, but who knows, I just shared the knowledge I have gained from some betta forum breeders. Good luck either way, there are many ways to treat and these people on here have some good advice
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:03 AM   #13
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Ok can we please agree on one treatment I'm confused and would like to start treating my fish


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Old 11-07-2012, 09:12 AM   #14
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R P .....you should know by now to never listen to me....i just run rampant through the forums all willy nilly......especially when i am talking about things like bagbalm..lol
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:04 PM   #15
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lol Loha, are you serious about the bagbalm? Ive never heard of using that, Ive used it on farm animals lol. Fill me in cuz now im curious!
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