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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Com'on, this is Serious Chit!

"Puppy", will be two this April. I don't think there has been a fish that has come into this house that hasn't been eaten or died within a few months.

I've become quite attached to this little guy. (Why do parents always inherit our kids pets when they move out?) I actually see his moods. It's true, this darn fish has a personality and mood .... swings.

For the past month, he's been "not right" but I just kept thinking it was the colder temperature in his water bowl.

I've noticed he doesn't come to me (as he usually does) when I am feeding him. He isn't eating much. Soooooooo .... he isn't pooping!

Now that I think of it, the last few water changes, there hasn't been hardly any poop in the bowl. (Nice visual, I know)

This morning, he is laying lower to the bottom of the bowl, slightly on his side, and seems a little puffed up.

I googled around, looking for help.

He's full of sh*t.

Constipated.

A Constipated fish???

Now what?

First thing is to try to feed him a cooked peeled pea.
Bwahahahahahah, peel a pea?

If that doesn't work, an Epsom Salt bath.
(With or without candles and music?)

I'm going to try to help this guy, I'll let you know how things "come out".

Any other suggestions? [snort]

21 comments:

Joan said...

No advice other than best wishes for Puppy. We have 2 goldfish in our tank. One is old the other is new. When they pass, they are flushed and a new one is purchased. It's become a ritual now.

Patience said...

Wow. Short of a little fishy enema, I don't know! Maybe you could drop some Miralax into his water. Works for me!

Good luck!

Ree said...

I've heard that pea thing before...but I don't get how it works. ;-)

Keep us updated!

Me, You, or Ellie said...

Oh dear. Poor little guy. Here's hoping for a successful movement...

Ellie

San said...

Poor Puppy! I can so relate (LOL). Sprinkle a little ground flax seed in his water....then be prepared.

Robin said...

Your fish is constipated? You're kidding me.

Hope it all, err, works out for him.

Mrs. G. said...

Poor puppy! Godspeed.

Fightin' Mad Mary said...

I never knew fish could have such an ailment. You are such a good fishy mom for even keeping track of Puppies habits. I hope the pea works. Be strong little Puppy!

Michael said...

A flush?

Ha, I kill me!

Twisted Cinderella said...

I have never heard of this problem before! Good Luck!

Audubon Ron said...

Truly, that's a new one on me.

Average Jane said...

Check out http://bettatalk.com/. They have the most comprehensive info. about bettas that I've ever found.

linda in c-town said...

Lindsey went through about 6 or 7 bettas. Some of them I replaced and she never knew. We didn't have much luck with betta fish. We did however have a fan-tailed goldfish that was three before he died. (on vacation in florida, power went out, got to cold, died)
Good luck to you and Puppy.

Beth said...

good lord, I probably would have just flushed him and said Enough!!! you are so good to Puppy!!!

Kellan said...

Oh, I can't believe you have kept this fish alive for 2 years - WOW! I'm also amazed that you found an answer to what might be wrong with him. I hope it cures him - poor little guy! He's cute!

Take care - Kellan

Kellan said...

Love the title, btw!!!!

Above Average Joe said...

We lost a betta from overfeeding recently. Yes we fed him to death.

Whit said...

Hey, that's a delicacy in some countries.

delmer said...

More than half the bass I've ever pulled out of a lake have pooped as I've held them in my hand. If you want to drive him down I'll pull him out of his bowl and pretend to remove a hook from his mouth.

(I may have exaggerated about the percentage of fish pooping on me. I felt it would make for better reading. In all honesty, fish love me. I've got sort of a Mr. Limpet thing working for me.)

Nancy said...

Delmer: someone else said that, hold him and he'd poop!

Mr Limpet ... wow, forgot about him! Great movie,

Greg C said...

Oh I had to comment on this post becaus I had a fish that was constipated once. It was an oscar about 6 inches long. I had this party and served hamburgers. Some people at the party wanted to find out if a fish would eat hamburger so they began feeding him. Ok there was alcohol involved. Well the darn thing ate and ate and ate. The next morning he was laying on the bottom of the tank on his side. He laid there for about two days then he let out the biggest fish poo that I have every seen. It was amazing in a gross kind of way.