Saturday, April 28, 2007

A New Pet Lovers Forum Is Ready To Go!

Hi all,

With all the requests and demands by everyone we finally got our forum up! Go check it out for yourself:

petlifehome forums

It's all about pets for all pet enthusiates. A place for all pet lovers to laugh, talk, and share! Of course it includes us Betta Lovers too!!

So go join all the pet lovers of the world and help make our forum the place to be for all pet owners and wanna-be's! =)

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Constipated Bettas

Swollen bellies?

Betta's turning white?

Your betta may be constipated!

What is Betta Constipation?

Constipation is actually quite common in fish. A possible cause of fish constipation can be due to lack of variety in their diet or due to over feeding. The fish's stomach swells up becuase it is unable to get rid of its waste, causing a build up. Buoyancy (similar to swim bladder disorder) may sometimes occur. This is where the fish is unable to swim properly and floats at the surface. Don't worry, fish constipation is usually not life threatening to the fish. However, if it continues with little evidence of improvement, and left untreated, other more severe problems can occur.

My Betta has Constipation! How Do I Treat It?

Fast your betta for about 2-4 days allowing the fish's stomach purge itself. If the swelling does not go down after a couple of days, give it a few more days to purge. At this point, don't panic about not feeding your betta. Although never recommended under normal circumstances, betta fish can survivie up to a month without food. Your next step after the fasting period is to feed your betta peas. That's right, i said it - peas. This will help clean out your bettas system while feeding her at the same time. Remove a green pea from its outer shell, cook it, and mash it up, and feed it to your betta.

Hope this info was helpful! As always, feel free to comment on this post! I always love hearing from fellow betta lovers!