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Old 09-13-2012, 08:20 PM   #11 
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thank you pogthefish.

I'l wait and see...poor thing is so hungry that he's eating the air bubbles on the surface! I feel really bad like i'm starving him, but i know this is for the best.

anyone else can chip in with their diagnosis? :) all opinions are greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:26 PM   #12 
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Eating the air bubble...lol...he might be making a bubble nest, does he point his mouth up to the surface of the water and blow bubbles ? Do they sort of stick together in one spot ? I just dont know what to tell you but just keep track of how much he is eating and pooping and maybe do the treatment a couple more days and then put him back into the bigger tank and see how he does. Good luck I hope he is all better soon !
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:48 AM   #13 
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Betta fish do not feel hunger. They have a constant instinct to eat whatever they can find that is edible, and they can die if they are overfed, because they do not feel full either. In the wild, they can go weeks without eating (in the extremes) where humans can only go a week or so. (but we blow them away with how long we can go without water ;)
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:03 PM   #14 
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Ok so things are not looking better at all.

He's still in his 2 cups of water bowl with epsom salt, daily changes - I have only seen 1 little poo like 3 days ago - feeding him 1 pellet twice a day - yesterday and today there seems to be lots of "film" in the water as well as stuck on his fins...I dont know what that is. And no poop.

Yesterday I noticed his color was duller, the red is almost orange-grey.

And this morning, his scales look kind of pointy, like the dreaded dropsy pinecones

Here is a picture I just took. Can you see the scales and the film on his fin?

He's still hungry as a shark, but he's still buoyancy-defective and seems to lie sideways sometimes.

What should I do?
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:30 PM   #15 
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I think we need to get experts in here... I honestly have no idea DX
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:31 PM   #16 
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I still think you are feeding him too much though. Just go a few days with no food and see what happens, like 3 days, zero food. It won't hurt him, I promise.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:31 PM   #17 
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And is it an adjustable heater? If it is, raise the temp to 80 degrees.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:15 PM   #18 
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ok, I'll fast him for 3 days. And he doesnt have a heater in there because it's a small bowl and the heater wont be submerged like it needs to be - I have the bowl kind of coverd with plastic wrap to keep the warmth and humidity in.

I read somewhere about adding 1 drop of Betta Revive daily for 2 weeks - I'll see if I can find it and start doing that.
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:59 PM   #19 
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What you can do to heat the bowl is fill his old tank with water and heat that and float the bowl in there. Plastic wrap keeps oxygen from getting in.
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Oh that's a great idea! thank u
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