What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
76 degrees F
Does your tank have a filter?
No, it broke a while ago, so we are getting a new one.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
I don't know what that is..
Is your tank heated?
Yes, I just got a heater - and put it on 76 degrees F
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
A male betta fish; the tank is divided in two by a mesh divider.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Mostly Betta fish pellets (they are circles) and dried blood worms but not very often
How often do you feed your betta fish?
3 of either one of them once a day - in the morning
How often do you perform a water change?
So, ever since the filter broke every month or so. Before with filter, I would change cartridge and add more clean water (about 1/4 of the 20 gallon).
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
1/4 of the 20 gal
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
**(None of the above)**
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
YES!! She has a bloated stomach, which has been going on for a few months now - maybe at most 5 months. But recently in the past 2 weeks her stomach has gotten really big. And her eyes have gotten swollen today.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Not very active. And swims on her side, the one that is mostly blown up.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
A few months ago -- not sure when exactly, maybe 5 months. But mostly recently..
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
I was thinking it was dropsy, so I got Maracyn two, but then i wasnt sure if it was dropsy, so I was afraid to use it and maybe it would harm her. I also read about epsom salt and aquarium salt and some people said it hurts betta fish so I got scared and didn't use it. As you can see I'm really confused!..... :/
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
About 15 months (of the time I had her)
For about a few months my Betta fish (female) had a bloated stomach. It wad very small and then when I saw it freaked out and looked all over and found that it might be dropsy and that it is fatal; however during these months nothing seemed to happen but then I realized her stomach is getting bigger and the reason I didn't use Maracyn (which is what many people recommended for it) is b/c I thought it would hurt her if I wasn't 100% sure. Also, now I don't know for sure because her scales are raising up like a 'pine-cone' as people call it, but I'm not sure because it doesn't look like it.
So anyway. I decided to take a picture and ask a person from pet smart what to do; he said that its called bloat and that there is nothing he know or that they have that can cure her and she might die a month or so. Which upset me, of course.
I did not have a heater- but I just got one and put the temp to 76 degrees; also I have a filter, but it broke so for about a month I didn't use one.
I also have a tank that is divided because I have two Betta fish (the other one is male.) I just separated him. I don't know if she is contagious, but he is just lying down on the gravel not very active anymore.. What should I do?
I don't know what to do. I've also seen recently that epsom salt will work? Is that true? And if so do I get it from a pharmacy like CVS or Walgreen's? Also, if I do the salt thing or whatever you recommend can he also be in the tank to (my other fish) or do I take him or her out into a separate container?
I looked everywhere and need to know what to do fast and I keep getting different answers which makes me even more confused.
Is it dropsy or something else? What is it and what can I do to save her?!?
I have attached photos for you to see what I'm describing. I tried to take all angles so hopefully you can fully see what I'm seeing/trying to explain.
I'm really worried so please help asap. Thank you in advance for all you help!