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Old 10-13-2012, 04:30 PM   #1 
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Overweight or dropsy?

I started to notice that overtime my female betta has been gaining some weight.
Earlier today I decided to do some research because I noticed that the scales on her belly were stretching. I got results that she might have dropsy.
I really hope she doesn't because she's been with me for almost a year now. She has the weight gain (bloating?) symptom, and it also says they 'pinecone' but the thing about her is that she isn't pineconing, her scales are simply stretched out, unless that's how it starts, and she's been the same size for about a month now. Also, the only thing I see different in her behavior is that she tend to hide behind the filter now. She seems to rest on it.
So, I was wondering if she's overweight or sick?

I included some pictures. Sorry for the bad quality, she kept moving around and I couldn't get a good one, but I hope they help?
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:22 AM   #2 
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by the looks of her belly... she looks constipated because its bloated.
i would suggest daily epson salt baths. dont worry i had the same problem with my fish... i thought it had dropsy but over time with epsom salt baths and by not feeding it for a few days he went back to normal.. took a long time to cure him though... also try to raise the tempreture a bit :)
p.s - doesnt look like dropsy to me! try not feeding it for a while
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:23 AM   #3 
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:29 AM   #4 
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http://www.bettafish.com/showthread....tures+bluebell <--- pics of my fish when he had a big belly and the scaled seemed really stretched out but he went completely back to normal after treatment with epsom salt, raising temp and no food :)
hope this helps calm ur nerves
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:55 AM   #5 
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How often are you feeding her? She looks a bit eggy to me.
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beautiful Black Crown Tail ,I have A red one and a steal blue one.

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Cool I know everyone cant be wrong,lol

From pictures she looks Normal, doesnt look bloated looks filled with eggs, no one here can say shes constipated or has an illness from these pictures , you got some good advice my bettas fast 1 or 2 days a week. but they eat well during other days. Salt should always be added to a gallon of water 1 table spoon,if more like 4 table spoons ,then dip fish into mix in net for 4 to 6 minutes 4 to 6 times a day. I know you love animals but feed your bettas live food, fresh water live foods ,like moskito larvae,fresh water live bears fry. dont buy sickly live bearers buy healthy ones. 2 females in hatchery could feed a male for quite some time if they drop fry every 3 to 4 weeks. and dont lol, but try un cafinated green tea, just drop a tea bag in 1/4 of a gallon. but your fish in there for a few days a week, cures tons of problems and there dark water fish.[/quote]
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by the looks of her belly... she looks constipated because its bloated.
i would suggest daily epson salt baths. dont worry i had the same problem with my fish... i thought it had dropsy but over time with epsom salt baths and by not feeding it for a few days he went back to normal.. took a long time to cure him though... also try to raise the tempreture a bit :)
p.s - doesnt look like dropsy to me! try not feeding it for a while
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How often are you feeding her? She looks a bit eggy to me.

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From pictures she looks Normal, doesnt look bloated looks filled with eggs, no one here can say shes constipated or has an illness from these pictures , you got some good advice my bettas fast 1 or 2 days a week. but they eat well during other days. Salt should always be added to a gallon of water 1 table spoon,if more like 4 table spoons ,then dip fish into mix in net for 4 to 6 minutes 4 to 6 times a day. I know you love animals but feed your bettas live food, fresh water live foods ,like moskito larvae,fresh water live bears fry. dont buy sickly live bearers buy healthy ones. 2 females in hatchery could feed a male for quite some time if they drop fry every 3 to 4 weeks. and dont lol, but try un cafinated green tea, just drop a tea bag in 1/4 of a gallon. but your fish in there for a few days a week, cures tons of problems and there dark water fish.
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Oh, this is such a relief!
I was getting worried, so I'm glad to know that she isn't in any major trouble. I feed her once or twice a day. I stopped feeding her last night and added some salt just now, so I hope it helps.
I do feed her live food, but not too often so I'll try getting her more of that.

Thank you all for the help! (:
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beautiful Black Crown Tail ,I have A red one and a steal blue one.
Thank you! I didn't know they had black crowntails until I saw the little one at a local aquarium store and I just had to have him. Crowntails are my favorite.

Do you have any pictures of your CTs?
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Thank you! I didn't know they had black crowntails until I saw the little one at a local aquarium store and I just had to have him. Crowntails are my favorite.

Do you have any pictures of your CTs?
the of pictures is bad,when I get a new camera I will post my beauties
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