Accidentally Overfed Tyrion


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HI all
I accidentally overfed my betta yesterday. I didn't realize the tip of my finger was wet when I reached into the food container for a pellet. I thought I was giving him 1 pellet and instead about 8-10 floated off my finger and on to the surface. I did what I could to scoop up the excess, but Tyrion is fast. I think he ate 4-5 dry pellets in a matter of seconds. Since then he's been lethargic and hanging out at the top of his tank, resting on his betta log or IAL. I am fasting him today and then will feed him a blanched, deshelled mined up pea tommorrow, but is there anything else I can do in the interI'm to help him?

Here's the filled out emergency care sheet.

What is the water volume of the tank? 5.5g
How long has the tank been running? April 21, 2019
Does it have a filter? yes, very small Aqueon PowerFlow E with a piece of filter sponge in the spout to slow the flow
Does it have a heater? yes (replaced yesterday during water change because the old one wouldn't heat over 77)
What is the water temperature? 79
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) Betta, live plants including anubia, dwarf hair grass and 2 moss balls

How often do you change the water? Monthly unless water parameters say sooner.
How much of the water do you change? 25%
What do you use to treat your water? Prime
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? Yes, but lightly because it's planted (EcoComplete substrate)

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? Yes, started cycling on 4/21; added Tyrion on 5/11 after cycle completed
What do you use to test the water? API test kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 5
pH: steady 8.2
GH: 1 (we're on a well with super hard water, so it goes through a softener first)
KH: 16

How often do you feed your fish? 3x/day
How much do you feed your fish? 2 pellets in the AM, afternoon and PM
What brand of food do you feed your fish? Omega One Betta Buffet pellets
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? Gave him a couple of blood worms for the first time on Saturday.

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? sine May 11, 2019
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? 5/27, about 1PM
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? He's sluggish; sitting on IAL at top of tank
Have you started any treatment for the illness? No
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? No
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? Usually darting around tank all the time; now, just sits at the top

Explain your emergency situation in detail. See my intro; I accidentally overfed him yesterday after doing the first water change (25%) since I got him May 11. Water parameters matched almost identically. During the water change, I replaced my old heater and monitored as the heat slowly rose from 77.1 to 79.9 over the course of about 8 hours so I don't think that's the issue. I think it's because he ate too many pellets before I could scoop up the excess. :-( Is there anything I can do to help him today while he fasts?


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He should be fine, just fast him for 3 to 4 days and feed him again. 4 to 5 pellets should not be a big deal
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Okay, that makes sense. Kinda like I feel after Thanksgiving. I just need a nap and some tums. :) I'll keep an eye on him and hold off feeding for a couple of days.


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I just picked up my new betta from my local fish store and he was quite full looking when I got him, and after fasting for a couple days and slowly easing into foods again, the bloating has subsided a lot.

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