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Old 11-12-2012, 02:29 AM   #1 
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Question Possible early Dropsy?

Housing
What size is your tank? 3 gallon - its his hospital tank
What temperature is your tank? 78-80
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Air stone
Is your tank heated? No - Summer here
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Wardleys Betta Pellets & Tetra Dried Bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3/4 Pellets Daily, weekend generally less

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Daily
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? pH Down, Aqua One Betta Conditioner & API Stress Coat

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: NA
Nitrite: NA
Nitrate: NA
pH: 7
Hardness: NA
Alkalinity: NA

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Scales on head raised like a pinecone, but not on body
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? None
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today during his water change
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Already treating him for fin biting with the API Stress Coat
Does your fish have any history of being ill? NA - purchased from pet store
How old is your fish (approximately)? He's pretty big so I'm guessing a year or even older. He's bigger than the first Betta I ever got, Flake, who I've had for about 11 months.

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So yeah, its only his head that has the pineconing look to it. I couldnt really get a decent pic of him from above, he doesnt really like the camera lol.

His name is Gideon & I havent even had him for a week, rescued him from the pet store because of his tail biting.

Could it be early Dropsy or something totally different? This is probably the best pic I could get;

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Old 11-12-2012, 02:53 AM   #2 
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Hi, dropsey usually first presents as a swollen belly thus the pinecone effect. Perhaps stop feeding the freeze dried bloodworms for now, and keep a close eye on him. You are being very proactive by getting him into a hospital tank.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:35 AM   #3 
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He only gets one bloodworm a day. He doesnt appear to be bloated though.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:50 AM   #4 
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Sometimes as bettas age they start looking a bit coarser. ( don't we all ) He could also be scuffing up his head somehow. Good thing your on top of things. Continue to feed the same as always, and hope he gets over the tail biting.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:37 AM   #5 
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I have Aq Salt & Epsom salt as well, should I possibly add any of those to the water?
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:47 AM   #6 
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He looks fine to me. I'd put him back in his regular tank with some clean water and just keep an eye on him. Also bloodworms, especially freeze dried, should be given as an occasional treat and not fed each day.
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