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Old 07-22-2012, 03:01 AM   #1 
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Very very sick betta

Hi everyone - my father has gone away on holiday and left his betta fish in the care of a family friend. I visited a week ago and he (Bob the betta) wasn't looking so good, upon coming back now he looks awful. I can't really answer the below questions very well as I don't know anything about fish, have read up on symptoms and not sure what he has but not feeling hopeful. Is there anything I can do to save him?

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank? 25 degrees Celsius
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta bio gold
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? Raised scales, grey patches on face, one eye very swollen, colour loss on belly
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Staying limp at bottom, only swimming up for air infrequently
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A week ago he was sluggish
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No idea what to do
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? A few months?
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:11 AM   #2 
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what size is the tank? Is the person taking care of it changing the water?
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:50 AM   #3 
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Raise temp to 27, add epsom salt to his water 1 teaspoon per gallon.
When you see his scales are less raised(hopefully) you will need to switch to aquarium salt or strong anti biotics.. depends on his condition..

A picture will help alot..
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:21 AM   #4 
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He has what sounds like a serious bacterial infection and I'm sorry to say, but I don't really like his chances unless you can assure him very clean water and a hasty course of hardcore antibiotic. Furan-2, Kanaplex.. tetracycline or the Maracyns combined might help, but probably not like either of the other two could.

Any chance you can take over his care?

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Old 07-22-2012, 01:57 PM   #5 
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This sounds like dropsy, there is a sticky either here or in "bettafish care", that explains how to treat it.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:03 PM   #6 
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Here are the instructions (copied from the the sticky I mentioned earlier)



Dropsy
•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.

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