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Old 01-17-2013, 07:16 PM   #1
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Constipated fish

So I have a zebra danio that is showing all the signs of being constipated/ having indigestion (lying at the bottom of the tank, slightly bulging stomach, gasping for air a little). I am currently treating my whole tank for ich with the salt and heat method. I have seen both of my honey gouramis also lying on the bottom and some of the other danios but not as much as the one danio. I didn't feed my entire tank last night because I didn't know whether or not to separate the danio or to starve him for a couple days and feed him some peas until he gets better. The only other tank I have is a plastic 1.5 gallon betta bowl (uncycled). Should I try to catch and separate him or just treat the whole tank cuz some of the other fish r showing slight signs?
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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Try deshelled blanched frozen peas.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:11 PM   #3
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Does the tank have extra aeration? The warmer the water the less oxygen it contains.
You can feed peas to the entire tank then fast them all for a couple of days. If that doesn't work then you can give the effected fish a Epsom salt bath.
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Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is a laxitive. It will help constipated, bloated fish pass feces (poop). You use 1 or 2 teaspoons for each 10 gallons of tank water. Disolve the epsom salt in a cup of water and pour into tank. It should work in 2 to 4 hours. You can redose after 4 hours, but if it hasn't worked in 24 hours, it probably won't work at all.
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I have increased my aeration. I currently have an air filter and a sponge filter almost at full blast plus the aeration from my power filter. That should be enough right? I will try to feed them peas tonight, I have some frozen peas how should I prepare them??
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Haha never mind just saw scottyhorse's post I don't know how I skipped over it!
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