Sick Betta :-(

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I've been treating my betta for internal parasites with General Cure this week, but she seems to be getting worse. She's due for the 2nd half of her 2nd dose of General Cure tomorrow. Do the meds make them lethargic? Her activity has plummeted in the past few days.

She is spending a lot of her time at the bottom of the tank, sometimes breathing heavily, not very responsive. She is having her first normal-ish looking poop for a long time though, so I guess that's a good sign?

Thank you :-/
 

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Why do you think it's parasites. One of the biggest problems I see is that she is constipated. Begin giving her deshelled peas to help with the constipation.
 
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Why do you think it's parasites. One of the biggest problems I see is that she is constipated. Begin giving her deshelled peas to help with the constipation.
I think it's parasites because she's been having long, stringy, white poop, her energy is low, and she's losing weight.

Thank you-- I do give her pea halves from time to time, and she's always eager to eat them. I'll give her one today.
 

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I would try holding off on food for a bit. How long are the lights on? Lethargy can also be a too-long light cycle.
 
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lilabug4545 said:
I would try holding off on food for a bit. How long are the lights on? Lethargy can also be a too-long light cycle.
Wow, thank you, I did not know that about the lights. They've been on for a good 10-12 hours every day. :-/
How long is recommended?

I'll keep the light off today, to let her rest.

Would you recommend giving her a pea, or no food at all?
 

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nicoless said:
Wow, thank you, I did not know that about the lights. They've been on for a good 10-12 hours every day. :-/
How long is recommended?

I'll keep the light off today, to let her rest.

Would you recommend giving her a pea, or no food at all?
I recommend 8 hours of light a day. Lethargy may be caused by a disease, but I'd hate for her to be stressed out by meds shen she's just possibly tired. I would give her about 1/4-1/8 of a pea, and then fast her for about three days.
 
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I recommend 8 hours of light a day. Lethargy may be caused by a disease, but I'd hate for her to be stressed out by meds shen she's just possibly tired. I would give her about 1/4-1/8 of a pea, and then fast her for about three days.
Will do-- thank you so much.
 

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