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Old 08-02-2012, 03:55 AM   #1 
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Help! Is this dropsy? D:

I am really getting very worried about my betta. A few days ago he was recovering from fin rot quite well, and then all of a sudden when I came home today, his right eye was bugging out and there was a ring of white around both his eyes. He's always had white around his eyes because he has a pale face, but today the rings really thick. He's also looking bloated now, but there isn't any pineconing. I thought he was just constipated at first so I fasted him for two days and the bloating went down, but now it's suddenly appeared again.

He's still swimming around and is very active and is still eating. Do I treat him for dropsy or popeye now? This is the first time I've had to deal with so many illnesses in one fish :( I'm never going to let someone else look after my fish for me again.


Housing
What size is your tank?
2gallons
What temperature is your tank?
General room temperature now is around 84
Does your tank have a filter?
No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
No
Is your tank heated?
No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Flakes and presoaked freeze dried bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Once or twice a day depending on the amount

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
Every other day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Sea salt
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?
White rings around both eyes, right eye bulging out, bloated stomach
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Still as active, but last night he was rubbing his face against his cave (it's a smooth, glazed ceramic one)
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
The white around his eyes has been there for around for a while, the stomach bloating just got really huge today, and his eye started swelling today..
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
No
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
He was recovering from fin rot and an ulcer before this.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
1 3/4 years to maybe around 2
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:44 AM   #2 
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I took some pictures of him. It's hard to get his tummy because I can only see most of the bloating from the side and he wouldn't keep still.




UPDATE: I just added 20mg of doxycylin into his water because I read online that it can treat illnesses that cause dropsy and when I zoomed in on one of the photos, he looked like he was pineconing a bit. D: He's also rubbing his face again.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:15 AM   #3 
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Now he's darting around and flaring at nothing. He's never done this before D: in fact none of the 14 other bettas I've had before him ever did anything like this before. Should I change his water now? I just did a 50% change yesterday.
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