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Old 05-09-2012, 07:46 PM   #1 
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Severely Bloated Betta - Looks Like Blister

So my betta has been bloated for a month now and a few weeks ago I QT'd him. He was on Maracyn Plus/Epsom salt for 5 doses and I changed the water every other day. As of 2 days ago I stopped treatment and I upped his QT tank from a 1 gallon to a 1.5 gallon. Now that he's in a tank with a light his severely swollen section looks translucent - like a huge blister. He's eating, pooping, and swimming like normal.

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Old 05-09-2012, 08:49 PM   #2 
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Jesus he's monstrous! Maybe it's a tumor? O.o
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:51 PM   #3 
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You could try feeding him a single, cooked, de-shelled pea to reduce constipation.

I hope he feels better!

Good Luck
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:54 PM   #4 
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Oh God. Fast him for a few days. I have heard that the pea won't help. But, it
doesn't hurt to try, I guess. Good Luck on his diet!
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:05 PM   #5 
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I don't know to be honest if the pea method works or not, but those who have claimed they tried have had success. Just a suggestion.....
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:20 PM   #6 
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if it hasn't gone down at all, it might be internal parasites. x: try fasting him for a few days. if that doesn't help, try soaking a pellet in fresh crushed garlic juice. heard that helps with internal parasites.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:35 PM   #7 
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Don't feed him a pea, it'll just give him gas, the last thing he needs. Fast him, a betta can go weeks without food, but you shouldn't need to that long, and look for other symptoms that might indicate a tumor or parasite. From the picture, it looks like the worst bloat I've ever seen, but it could be something else.

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After looking around some, it might be an early symptom of Dropsy. The BFF entry for Dropsy says this:

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•Symptoms: Your betta will have a bloated belly and raised scales. They will look like a pine cone. This is usually a fatal disease caused by an internal bacterial infection resulting in internal organ failure but many have had success bringing fish back when treated quickly.
Early Symptoms: Swollen eyes (important), Gray belly (important), Clamped fins, Lethargy. If your fish has swollen eyes and a gray belly, I suggest that you treat it for Dropsy.
•Treatment: If you spot the early signs of Dropsy then treat him/her with ES at 1-2tsp/gal and Jungle’s Anti-Parasite pellets while performing 100% daily water changes. It helps to increase the temperature to 84*F. If he/she has begun Pineconning then do the full course as described below:
Performing daily 100% water changes. Increase the temperature to 84*F. Add 1-2 tsp/gal Epsom Salt. Use API General Cure OR API Erythromycin OR Maracyn II and/or Maracyn for best results. Feed something containing Metronidazole, for example, Jungle’s Anti-Parasite pellets. If caught early, Dropsy is curable.
There are other sites that have more information, and I found this one the most informative.

http://nippyfish.net/sick-betta/dropsy/

This was helpful, as well

http://nippyfish.net/2007/02/23/bett...ollen-abdomen/

You should do some searching on your own though, and look into finding some antibiotics.

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Old 05-09-2012, 10:12 PM   #8 
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The only reason I didn't say internal parasites is because you've already done the Epsom salt treatment with Meds. He doesn't seem to have any of the other symptoms of dropsy.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:11 PM   #9 
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It really looks like Dropsy...
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:42 PM   #10 
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I does look like dropsy but I've tried fasting, epsom salt, and Maracyn Plus. Should I try Maracyn I or II?
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