For the past few days, one of my sorority girls has been in a hospital tank due to lethargy and lack of appetite. Two days ago, it became apparent to me that she had dropsy; luckily everyone else in the tank is perfectly healthy, but her prospects don't look good. This is her second day of medication and epsom salts, and although she only just pineconed earlier this afternoon, I'm pretty sure I'm going to lose her.
Have any of you ever been in a situation where you've known one of your fish was going to die? It's upsetting-- I've never had to deal with dropsy before and it's a horrible disease to watch. In fact, this is the first betta I've had to watch dying in years-- I only got back into fishkeeping recently and all of the bettas I've brought in since then are still alive. Before that, I was younger and never had to deal specifically with watching a fish struggle to stay alive.
It's sad. I don't have the heart (or resources) to euthanize her, because I know she's probably only got a day or two left anyway. All I can do now is try to keep her comfortable and hope she passes quietly and without pain.
How have you dealt with it in the past?