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Is my female betta bloated/overfed?

Karen B.

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Am kinda new to bettas, have had them only for 4 months. I have 2 males (1 plakat, 1 halfmoon) and both are really slender. No tummy, just slim from head to tails.

I also have one female (halfmoon) but her body shape is different. She is much rounder around the stomach/on the sides then it slim down for the tail. The pictures don’t show it as well as I was hoping. She is really active, a real hunter, she jumps, eats, etc. I feed all my bettas twice a day, about 3-4 pellets each. (Sorry she was having a poop) 






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I don't see pineconing, so that's a positive. She's having bowel movements that are not the typical mini-football shape, I would ask @Coluif he can look at the first two pictures to see if there is anything to be concerned about.

Crowntails are notoriously eggy females, and your female's shape is a bit thicker than my CT females were, but my females had way more pronounced bellies.


Here's the best image I have to show what an eggy belly looks like. They will reabsorb eggs, 99.9% of the time, and we just need to leave them alone. If they are in a divided tank and there are male hormones, sometimes they need a male to stimulate a release of eggs. Watch the Members Only video from Gianne on breeding, so as to not accidentally mess up the developing fry's labyrinth organ, which I accidentally did after we moved...

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Doesn't look like Dropsy looks like bloating due to over eating or constipation I would fast for a couple of days  if she still bloated after that I would do an Epsom salt bath 1 table spoon for 2 gallons for no more than 15 minutes twice a day for a couple of days as Epsom salt acts as a muscle relaxant that will help with constipation if she's egg bound it help her to release the eggs

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