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Constipated Betta?

Discussion in 'Betta Splendens' started by baz_78, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. baz_78

    baz_78 Member

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    My Betta has a ‘bulge’ towards the back of his body that I’m worried may be constipation - circled in the pic.

    He’s in a 5g tank on his own which is planted, heated and filtered. All the tank stats appear normal indicating it had cycled ok. His behaviour looks normal - playing in the plants, resting at the top of the tank or behind plants and getting excited when I go near the tank.

    It’s worrying me as I’ve not seen any poop in the tank in the time he’s been in. Am I worrying over nothing or should I be taking any action? I haven’t fed him today to see if this helps.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
    Barry

     

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    Looks pretty normal to me. Is the "bulge" the same on the other side? Also, don't be worried about not seeing any poo. I very rarely see betta poo in any of my tanks. I assume it either gets sucked up the filter or it decomposed already.
     
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    I believe that is the swim bladder? I have also noticed it is more apparent in bettas than other fish, he looks good to me, like the tank :nod:
     
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    The ‘bulge’ is he same size on both sides. Thanks for the feedback, it’s put my mind at ease a lot!!

    Appreciate the thoughts on the tank too, what decorations do you guys have as I’d love to give the fella somewhere to hide/play and grow some of the plants from but can’t decide what would look best! Looking for inspiration...

    Thanks,
    Barry
     
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    He looks good to me,

    BB is correct. Its more prominent in Bettas with big fins.

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  6. Demeter32

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    I think the bulge you are seeing is just his spine and/or swim bladder. Many a male betta with a large tail will have that slightly odd bump on both sides. Just google some pictures of other halfmoon bettas and I bet you will see many with it.
     
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