Betta, Bloated and lethargic over night

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Fiddlefish, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. FiddlefishValued MemberMember

    Right now my betta is hanging out in a corner at the bottom of the tank. She's pretty bloated. It looks like she got a hold of my BN pleco's cucumber. She's been trying to pass cucumber (it looks like) all morning.
    She is in a 10 gallon tank with 7 neon tetras, a ghost shrimp and a 1 1/2 inch Bristlenose. I know that's really overstocked. Their 20g started leaking and the stand was damaged so I had to move them all. I haven't been able to buy a new tank/stand yet. I'm hopefully going to buy one next week.
    Soooo, what should I do? Is she acting this way because she ate too much? I did a water change just now. And I'll be fasting everyone.
    I know this sounds really stupid, sorry. I don't want to lose her.

    Thanks :)
  2. kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    since it sounds like this is a temporary set up i'll spare you the stocking lecture and all that etc.
    do you know what your parameters are? just in case she might have a swim bladder issue. otherwise my girl is always bloated because she is such a piggy. if she is stuck on her side or having problems swimming, feed her some peas. if the only symptom is a big belly, then fasting for a day should help. i think peas will also still help if she's constipated.

  3. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    Agree with the above poster. If she's constipated, peas are a natural fish laxative. Also, some pictures would help, some from all angles. And yeah, water parameters will also be helpful. What test kit do you use?

  4. FiddlefishValued MemberMember

    Water Parameters: (API Master test kit)
    Ph: 8.2ish
    Ammonia: 0
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: somewhere near 10-20

    She was acting fine yesterday. Today she's sitting, upright, not sideways, on the ground. She can make it to the surface for air. Then she goes back and sits near the ground. She doesn't sink or go sideways.
    I'll get a picture of her a.s.a.p...




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  5. kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    yeah, i would definitely get her a pea. i forgot exactly what the instructions for preparing them are, but its something like peeling it and heating it up.
    to me, she just looks constipated. i think she will be fine.
  6. FiddlefishValued MemberMember

    Okay I will try that. Would it be a good idea to fast her a day or so, then feed her the pea?
  7. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Yes, I would fast her for 24 hours & then feed the deshelled pea
  8. FiddlefishValued MemberMember

    Today she's back to her normal self again :D:;banaman:D:;bananapurple:;pickle
  9. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    That's wonderful!!! Congrats! :D :D :D
  10. kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    Awesome! I would still feed her a pea just to make sure, but glad to hear she's happy and healthy again.

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  11. FiddlefishValued MemberMember

    Okay :D Thanks! :D

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