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Compass
08-01-2014, 11:09 AM
So it looks like ol' Smaug has a touch of constipation. I'm doing the usual treatment of giving him some peas. Hopefully he's getting enough of it, he only pecks at it but it looks like he's eating some of it. Anyway, the dilemma occurs when it comes time to feed the loaches. Smaug goes after their sinking pellets. I'm trying to not feed him for a few days just to clear him out. I knew he'd go after their stuff. I was thinking I'd soak the pellets for a good while before adding them, to reduce any more complications with his constipation. The other alternative is move him to my QT tank. But I'd rather not do that. Anyone got any other ideas?

cm12setx
08-01-2014, 11:34 AM
Do you have a breeder net? Or something to split tank into two halfs fir a day or two?

Compass
08-01-2014, 11:43 AM
You'd have thought I would have thought about that. lol I need to get one because that would be the best way to solve my problem.

Baxter
08-01-2014, 11:57 AM
What about giving the loaches a bit of a fast as well. I'd imagine they'd be fine with a pea cleanse as well. But I'm not a loach expert.

afro123
08-01-2014, 12:04 PM
i think the best option is the breeder net

afro123
08-01-2014, 12:12 PM
just curious nut smaug as in the dragon in the hobbit? :P

Compass
08-01-2014, 12:31 PM
I knew you guys would have the answer. lol As for the loaches Baxter, I've never seen them show any interest in the peas or I would try that.

Compass
08-01-2014, 12:32 PM
just curious nut smaug as in the dragon in the hobbit? :P

Hells yes the dragon from The Hobbit! lol

Slaphppy7
08-01-2014, 01:07 PM
Do you fast your tanks at all?...that's the easiest option, until you get a breeder net

Compass
08-01-2014, 01:13 PM
I do on occasion. Not with any regularity though. But since this betta has been temperamental I've started him on a schedule and I reckon I'll get the loaches on the same schedule. I just wanted to make sure they were good and healthy before I started that since I just got them. I certainly don't over feed them. Two shrimp pellets a day (for six loaches).

Slaphppy7
08-01-2014, 01:20 PM
What makes you think he's constipated, anyway?

Compass
08-01-2014, 01:26 PM
He's got a rather large bulge right before his anal fins. It wasn't there before. Googled constipation and it is exactly what the pictures show. I'm working on changing his diet to keep this from happening again.

Slaphppy7
08-01-2014, 01:35 PM
The easiest fix would be just to pick him up and squeeze it out, kind of like a pimple.

Compass
08-01-2014, 01:40 PM
The easiest fix would be just to pick him up and squeeze it out, kind of like a pimple.

I...... I don't think that's how this works Matt.

Slaphppy7
08-01-2014, 01:46 PM
C'mon, dude, we always talk about how there are many different ways to accomplish the same thing in this hobby

Aim it at your kid, he'll think it's hilarious

Compass
08-01-2014, 01:54 PM
I can just see it now. The wife walks in and I'm trying to squirt fish poo out of my betta onto my boy. "Man Drowns in Own Fishtank: Deemed an Accident"

darkmerlin21
08-01-2014, 01:59 PM
The easiest fix would be just to pick him up and squeeze it out, kind of like a pimple.

ROTFL.. ummm, no.

Slaphppy7
08-01-2014, 02:03 PM
I can just see it now. The wife walks in and I'm trying to squirt fish poo out of my betta onto my boy. "Man Drowns in Own Fishtank: Deemed an Accident"

No, it would be "Man Wearing Gas Mask Drowns In Own Fish Tank: Deemed An Accident"

cm12setx
08-01-2014, 06:14 PM
Hells yes the dragon from The Hobbit! lol
that Dragon rocks.
are you ready for the next movie. I am :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKnG06-oYcg

gronlaura
08-01-2014, 10:33 PM
I...... I don't think that's how this works Matt.

I can't believe Matt typed that! Poor Smaug would explode!!! Sorry Smaug, but ROFL at work AGAIN!

cm12setx
08-01-2014, 10:47 PM
gornlaura as long as matts been here do you really think the filter he has works. Lol matt ;p

SeaLady
08-01-2014, 10:47 PM
The easiest fix would be just to pick him up and squeeze it out, kind of like a pimple.

EEEEWWWWW, jeez, Matt...you want his eyeballs to pop out?!!!

gronlaura
08-01-2014, 11:14 PM
Rob, you better give Smaug a BIG hug when you get home (or at least a special food treat). Poor Smaug, the butt of Matt's humor..........

They say thing are "bigger in Texas", but stuff squirting out of a Betta butt isn't what they mean!!!

Compass
08-02-2014, 12:12 AM
Rob, you better give Smaug a BIG hug when you get home (or at least a special food treat). Poor Smaug, the butt of Matt's humor..........

They say thing are "bigger in Texas", but stuff squirting out of a Betta butt isn't what they mean!!!

Oh trust me, he'll get some nice bloodworms tonight (soaked first of course). I'll even pat his little head. :P

afro123
08-02-2014, 06:54 AM
The easiest fix would be just to pick him up and squeeze it out, kind of like a pimple.

LOL wut? O.O

cm12setx
08-02-2014, 03:05 PM
Hw Smaug doin today? Is it bad to ask if he went yet.

Slaphppy7
08-02-2014, 03:11 PM
gornlaura as long as matts been here do you really think the filter he has works. Lol matt ;p

Filter?...I don't need no stinkin' filter! LOL

Yeah, how is Smaug, has he "made" yet?...I do hope he's ok

Compass
08-02-2014, 05:08 PM
LOL Yeah, he's looking slimmer. I'm glad that this type of problem shows signs of improvement almost immediately. However it'll be preventing this from happening again that will be tricky. See the loaches don't eat right away, and they don't eat all of it. So even if I put Smaug is a breeding net, I'd have to do that to him every single night! So I'm not going to feed him anymore. He's just gonna live off of the sinking pellets. I'll try and have a video uploaded of the tank by tonight.

afro123
08-03-2014, 06:58 AM
poor guy :(

cm12setx
08-03-2014, 01:58 PM
Compass what about a food ring and try to train him to eat from the ring?

jaysee
08-03-2014, 02:09 PM
My bettas eat off the sand.

afro123
08-03-2014, 02:18 PM
You can train bettas?

jaysee
08-03-2014, 02:23 PM
Sure you can. Repetition, repetition, repetition, Repetition, repetition, repetition, Repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition....

There are goldfish training kits that can be used with bettas and other smart fish.

I've trained wild carp to be at a spot every day at a specific time. Made catching them much easier :-)

CherrySparkles
08-04-2014, 09:25 PM
+1 for bettas being trainable - and they catch on really quickly!

I had one who had a death wish/obsession with the business end of the gravel vacuum, so I trained him to swim into a cup that I'd submerse in the tank and then scoop him out in (once he casually swam in, like a little fish travel carrier) so that I could clean the tank!

Also, to the OP - daphnia is also a good fibre-source/laxative for fish and is readily accepted, as compared to the pea.

Compass
08-04-2014, 10:07 PM
I had read that about daphnia, now if I can just source some. lol