Originally Posted by MattsBettas
Believe me, I've dealt with dropsy enough to know how to deal with it. You have to remember that dropsy is a condition, not a disease, and the the disease that causes it may very well be contagious. I'm not taking chances. I would rather go through sanitizing and cycling the tank then watching my valuable and quite high quality girls die.
Exactly. The underlying cause needs to be eliminated. Dropsy is fluid retention symptom of another underlying illness which shows as abdominal swelling leading to pine coned scales the symptoms are the result of internal organ failure and the subsequent fluid buildup. Underlying causes could be anything, bacteria, parasites ect. who knows so full break down and scrub job is the way to go. Once organs fail its nearly impossible to get them back to health. Ive tried hard and never brought a betta back from this fully. Edema happens to people too and is also the result of an underlying problem.