View Full Version : Constipated betta

10-09-2010, 03:23 PM
So yesterday my betta was acting weird. He was lounging a lot at the bottom of the tank. It took a long time, but I eventually got a good look at his belly, and saw that it was swollen. I concluded that he was constipated and didn't feed him.

This morning he was back to his old self, and I found a big pile of poo that he left. I say big, because he is so small... it looked like he was full to bursting.

I was wondering how I should avoid this in the future. I've been feeding the pellets the breeder sold me twice a day, 4-5 in the morning and 4-5 at night. Once a week he gets freeze dried bloodworms, but he doesn't love them. I feed my goldfish (in the other tank) peas once a week, but I doubt the betta will even try them. He is picky, and refuses food once it has touched the gravel.

Should I fast him once a week? Buy a different type of food?

In the short term: should I feed him today, since he is active and seems happy again?