Is This Normal?

Emuhlee

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I'm still very new to caring for bettas. This is rose. I've had her for about a month and she is so amazing and active. She's had this belly for awhile now though and I'm not sure if she is bloated, egg bound or of that's just normal. I've read to give peas to them as a laxative.. But I'm scared to. Mostly because I only have canned sweet peas. Can they be soaked and given to Her? I just want her to be as healthy as possible. Sorry, bad quality. She gets really excited and moves ALOT when she sees movement.
 

sea-potato

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I've never had a female betta but she does look constipated to me. Have you seen her poop? Don't use canned peas, you can get a small bag of frozen peas to keep on hand. Boil some water, drop in a pea for 30 seconds, then drop it in cold water to cool it off. Peel off the shell and feed her a couple of tiny bite size pieces. See if her belly gets smaller over the next day, it always has for my male betta.
 
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Emuhlee

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sea-potato said:
I've never had a female betta but she does look constipated to me. Have you seen her poop? Don't use canned peas, you can get a small bag of frozen peas to keep on hand. Boil some water, drop in a pea for 30 seconds, then drop it in cold water to cool it off. Peel off the shell and feed her a couple of tiny bite size pieces. See if her belly gets smaller over the next day, it always has for my male betta.
When she was in a smaller tank I saw poop, but it's harder to see in a bigger one.
 

CanadianFishFan

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Emuhlee said:
When she was in a smaller tank I saw poop, but it's harder to see in a bigger one.
Id say she had eggs but hard to see...
 

sea-potato

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Emuhlee said:
When she was in a smaller tank I saw poop, but it's harder to see in a bigger one.
I know what you mean. Try the pea and if her belly doesn't shrink she may have eggs or something else. I'm also new to fishkeeping so I can't give you more advice than that. Good luck, she's cute!
 
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Emuhlee

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CanadianFishFan said:
Id say she had eggs but hard to see...
So that's possible without a male? Will she have them and be okay? Should I put her in with my male?

sea-potato said:
I know what you mean. Try the pea and if her belly doesn't shrink she may have eggs or something else. I'm also new to fishkeeping so I can't give you more advice than that. Good luck, she's cute!
Thank You!
 

BobNJerry

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do a quick goolge search and it looks like she has eggs-
 

shutterbug13

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Emuhlee said:
So that's possible without a male? Will she have them and be okay? Should I put her in with my male?
Definitely do NOT put her in with your male. Betta breeding is not easy and there is a high possibility of either fish getting killed if not done properly and responsibly.
I would try feeding her some pea (defrost a frozen pea, not canned) and then fast her for a few days. She should eventually reabsorb the eggs.
 
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Emuhlee

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shutterbug13 said:
Definitely do NOT put her in with your male. Betta breeding is not easy and there is a high possibility of either fish getting killed if not done properly and responsibly.
I would try feeding her some pea (defrost a frozen pea, not canned) and then fast her for a few days. She should eventually reabsorb the eggs.
Okay. I never wanted to breed them. I care about them both way too much for that risk. I just didn't know of she would get egg bound or not. I won't have a way to get frozen peas for a few more days, will she be okay for that long? Is there another alternative?
 

shutterbug13

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Emuhlee said:
Okay. I never wanted to breed them. I care about them both way too much for that risk. I just didn't know of she would get egg bound or not. I won't have a way to get frozen peas for a few more days, will she be okay for that long? Is there another alternative?
Daphnia is another alternative but if she is eggbound you could try just fasting her for a few days.
 
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Emuhlee

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shutterbug13 said:
Daphnia is another alternative but if she is eggbound you could try just fasting her for a few days.
Okay. Thank you. I'll fast her until I can get either of those.
 

Wystearya

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Hmm, do you have her tank near the male's tank? Can they see one another?

If so it might be the cause of the eggs. She looks young, but I also don't know the age of maturity for Betta fish.

Females tend to have a bigger 'belly' than males anyway. Google female Betta fish and check the s. They have ovaries for making eggs and this makes them look a little 'fatter' all the time.
 
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Emuhlee

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Wystearya said:
Hmm, do you have her tank near the male's tank? Can they see one another?

If so it might be the cause of the eggs. She looks young, but I also don't know the age of maturity for Betta fish.

Females tend to have a bigger 'belly' than males anyway. Google female Betta fish and check the s. They have ovaries for making eggs and this makes them look a little 'fatter' all the time.
She's near him, but they can't see each other. His tank is walled off with decorative paper so he could see his reflection. There was a time long ago that I had them in the same tank for a couple of days (not able to get to each other) but moved her rifht after I fot something set up for her. And then another time for a few minutes when I was cleaning his tank out.
 

Wystearya

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Emuhlee said:
And then another time for a few minutes when I was cleaning his tank out.
I would not recommend putting them together -ever- unless you seriously plan to breed. If one of them decided to get aggressive, that could be the end of them if they hurt one another. It only takes a moment and they can move faster than you can! Also, they can smell each other's hormones, and it could cause the female to get full of eggs.

I'm glad they can't see one another now. I suggest keeping them completely apart.

Hopefully she isn't egg bound and is just a bit bloated.
 
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Emuhlee

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Wystearya said:
I would not recommend putting them together -ever- unless you seriously plan to breed. If one of them decided to get aggressive, that could be the end of them if they hurt one another. It only takes a moment and they can move faster than you can! Also, they can smell each other's hormones, and it could cause the female to get full of eggs.

I'm glad they can't see one another now. I suggest keeping them completely apart.

Hopefully she isn't egg bound and is just a bit bloated.
Someone said to give her a pea or fast her for a few days and it would reabsorb.
 

Wystearya

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That's fine.

But my suggestion still stands. I would not put them together at all anymore. It's just too risky!

Good luck with the fasting!
 
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Emuhlee

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Wystearya said:
That's fine.

But my suggestion still stands. I would not put them together at all anymore. It's just too risky!

Good luck with the fasting!
Thank You!
 

Biev

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Just want to point out that you don't need to boil water to defrost the pea. Running it under warm tap water for a few seconds is enough. Then you want to remove the skin, and feed just the inner part to your betta. Good luck : )
 
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Emuhlee

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I don't exactly know if anyone gets notified from this or how it works. (Still getting the hang of the site) but she does have eggs...and looks like she's getting bigger
 

butterflylanding

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Epsom salt will also clean out a constipated fish.
 

sea-potato

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Just curious, why is it so serious if a female betta has eggs?
 

Sarah73

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sea-potato said:
Just curious, why is it so serious if a female betta has eggs?
It's not really serious. It's just a female reproduce thing for betas.
 

Wystearya

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I can be serious when they get what is called 'egg bound' and your not breeding them.

Hopefully this one will absorb her eggs if that is the case. But sometimes they don't and it can cause internal infection.
 
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Emuhlee

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butterflylanding said:
Epsom salt will also clean out a constipated fish.
But what about one that's not constipated, just full of eggs or egg bound?

Wystearya said:
I can be serious when they get what is called 'egg bound' and your not breeding them.

Hopefully this one will absorb her eggs if that is the case. But sometimes they don't and it can cause internal infection.
That's what I'm worried about...I have no clue how to tell if she s egg bound..
 

Wystearya

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I think the main way to tell is time. Is she very bloated? Any bigger than before?
 
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Emuhlee

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Wystearya said:
I think the main way to tell is time. Is she very bloated? Any bigger than before?
Yes. Almost looks like she will pop. I'll try and get a pic
 

Wystearya

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Ok a picture may help.

I assume you have been fasting her?

I've never had a Betta that was egg bound, so this is something another user will have to help you with. Or you can try to Google and see if you can find some information on what needs done if no one here can help.
 
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Emuhlee

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Wystearya said:
Ok a picture may help.

I assume you have been fasting her?

I've never had a Betta that was egg bound, so this is something another user will have to help you with. Or you can try to Google and see if you can find some information on what needs done if no one here can help.
I've started today, but she shares a tank with a mystery snail and has been going to the bottom to eat it's food..I need to move her somewhere else for awhile. I was told by the girl who works at the pet store, to put my female Betta in a cup and float in the males tank to help her drop the eggs...then I was told by someone else not to. Read other places that it helps....alot of mixed stuff on it. I'm trying it, but scared. Uploading the pics now

Wystearya said:
Ok a picture may help.

I assume you have been fasting her?

I've never had a Betta that was egg bound, so this is something another user will have to help you with. Or you can try to Google and see if you can find some information on what needs done if no one here can help.
 

Gypsy13

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Emuhlee said:
I don't exactly know if anyone gets notified from this or how it works. (Still getting the hang of the site) but she does have eggs...and looks like she's getting bigger
Has she started pooing yet? Did you try the frozen green pea? You may want to give her a half a hulled green pea cut in quarters daily until her belly goes down. How is she today?

The reason for the peas even if she’s full of eggs is because the eggs can put pressure on her intestines or the hormonal changes can cause constipation especially in young bettas.
 
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Emuhlee

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Gypsy13 said:
Has she started pooing yet? Did you try the frozen green pea? You may want to give her a half a hulled green pea cut in quarters daily until her belly goes down. How is she today?
She has a bit of poo in the cup I have her in now. I tried the pea, she ate it but it didn't make her belly go down. Shes still active and seems happy like normal, but her belly is huge and has a small white dot under her belly.
 

Gypsy13

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Watch that dot. If you get the chance look in the aquarium forum tab and search betta prolapse. Hopefully that won’t happen here but if it does, you’ll know it as soon as it happens. Hopefully the peas will keep her pooing without straining. Keep posting updates? I worry.
 
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Emuhlee

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Gypsy13 said:
Watch that dot. If you get the chance look in the aquarium forum tab and search betta prolapse. Hopefully that won’t happen here but if it does, you’ll know it as soon as it happens. Hopefully the peas will keep her pooing without straining. Keep posting updates? I worry.
I'm super worried. This is my first Betta and I don't want to lose her. I'll definatley keep you updated. Thank you!
 

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