How to Detect and Treat Constipation in Aquarium Fish

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Treat constipation in fish quickly.
Treat constipation in fish quickly. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Constipation can be deadly to a fish. Often, a poor diet causes the malady. Quickly treat constipation by one of two methods after detecting it in a fish.

Things You'll Need

  • Peas
  • Epsom salt

Detect constipation in a fish by looking for a reduced appetite, very little or no bowel movements and an enlarged tummy. A constipated fish also may uncharacteristically sit at the bottom of your fish tank.

Treat fish constipation with peas, which act as a laxative for fish. Give bigger fish whole peas; mash up the peas for smaller fish.

Add 1/2 tsp. of epsom salt per gallon of water in your fish aquarium. Epsom salt serves as a muscle relaxant and should make your fish regular again.

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