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Old 04-22-2013, 01:56 PM   #1 
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Early signs of dropsy?

I recently lost a betta to dropsy, and it's quite upsetting that I'm posting here again about it.
I have a 10 month old female betta who has recently become rather bloated. I did some more research on dropsy, because my previous betta who got dropsy had spent some time like that, but then went back to normal size, but then suddenly had pineconed. So I've done some more research and I've gotten 3 results. She's bloated because she's full of eggs, she's eaten to much and might be constipated (although she does poop and eats well), or she has dropsy. I was wondering what other symptoms there might be, all I keep finding is that they become bloated, and if it's highly contagious because she currently shares the tank with her sibling.
And if so, is there anything different I might need to do when I clean their tank to make sure none of the other fish get it (they share the tank with 3 cory cats)?
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:27 PM   #2 
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Dropsy is a symptom, not a disease in itself. In other words, if a fish gets sick, it can display the SYMPTOMS of dropsy. But dropsy isn't the cause of the disease.....

Could you fill out the form below, so that people have more information? The more info you can provide, the better people can help you figure out what's going on. If you don't know the answer to something, either leave it blank or just put N/A.

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Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:01 PM   #3 
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If I may add to LittleBlueFishlets' questionnaire, how has her poop looked? Normal? Yellowish? White? Clear and stringy?
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:23 PM   #4 
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Oh, of course.
As for her poop, it appears pretty normal.

Housing
What size is your tank?
10 gallon
What temperature is your tank?
77 degrees F
Does your tank have a filter?
Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
No
Is your tank heated?
Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
Another female betta, 3 cory cats and 2 ghost shrimp

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Flakes, pellets, bloodworms, occasionally daphnia.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Twice a day every other day, once on the days not fed twice.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
Every week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
25% every week, entire tank every month.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Aquarium salt and AquaSafe

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:0
Nitrate:.20
pH:7
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Is pretty bloated.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Hasn't changed
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
2 weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Started feeding her less to see if she was simply being over fed (currently being fed once a day) but bloating hasn't subsided.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
No
How old is your fish (approximately)?
10 months.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:31 PM   #5 
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My recommendation is to quarantine her, cut out the aquarium salts, and treat with epsom salts to see if she just needs to get things moving. I'm not the resident expert on betta illnesses, but that's how I started treating my girl when she had dropsy. Just make sure to keep up with water changed, don't overfeed, and keep an eye out for stringy, clear poop. Also, what kind of pellets do you feed her?
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