Bloated/constipated Guppy - Questions About Feeding And Fasting

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HI everyone,

I have a male guppy who eats like a pig and has been extremely bloated the past week. Before I go further, I have a 20 gallon high tank with 4 cories, 3 platies, and 2 additional guppies. I completed a large (50%) water change 3 days ago. Water parameters today are ammonia 0, nitrites 0, nitrates 5.

I've alternated fasting them every other day hoping that the bloat would go down but that doesn't seem to have helped. I fed them a few de-shelled peas 2 nights ago - the guppy in question ate them up. I fasted them last night, and fed them normally again tonight. I feel so bad for him although he is swimming around normally and is eating heartily. His scales are not raised, and he looks healthy other than looking super fat.

What can I do? How long and how often do I feed peas? How often can I fast without hurting my other guys?

I've attached some pictures that hopefully help, although I know they're not great quality. Maybe someone can just confirm that he is in fact a male guppy

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I would stop feeding until the bloating goes down. Fish can survive 2 weeks or more without food, so don’t worry about starvation.

If all of your other fish are a good weight, and they still need to eat, you could take a clear cup, scoop him up and just hold the cup in one hand, feed the other fish quickly, and immediately release him back into the tank. I don’t think you should feed him for at least the next 4 days.
 
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Intermediate_Aquarist said:
I would stop feeding until the bloating goes down. Fish can survive 2 weeks or more without food, so don’t worry about starvation.

If all of your other fish are a good weight, and they still need to eat, you could take a clear cup, scoop him up and just hold the cup in one hand, feed the other fish quickly, and immediately release him back into the tank. I don’t think you should feed him for at least the next 4 days.
Yes all my other fish seem fine weight-wise. I will fast for a few days straight and see how that goes. What about the peas? If his bloat hasn't gone down should I try that again?
 

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If in 4 days, there is no improvement, you can feed him a pea. Though for the next few days, don’t give him anything at all. Not even peas.
 
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Intermediate_Aquarist I just noticed your profile pic, I have a betta that looks a lot like yours - so pretty! IMG-2244.JPG

Intermediate_Aquarist said:
If in 4 days, there is no improvement, you can feed him a pea. Though for the next few days, don’t give him anything at all. Not even peas.
Got it - thank you!
 

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