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Old 11-25-2012, 09:16 PM   #1 
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seriously, what the fk is wrong with my fish

Housing
What size is your tank? 1.5 g or 2g
What temperature is your tank? Don't know, i don't have a thermometer
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
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? omega one betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? every day, twice daily; 2 -3 pellets

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? everyday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25% everyday, 100% every week
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? stress coat, water conditioner, aq salt

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

Ammonia:
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Nitrate:
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Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He's bloated, he looks pale, his stomach is pine coning from being bloated (?)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He normally sits on the bottom of the tank and just looks like he's gasping for air. I just changed his water and he swam around sporadically and it looked like he was scratching himself.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 4 days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I've been trying to treat him ever since but he just seems like he's getting worse. I've been doing 100% water changed, I bought him Aq salt recently to help with the swelling.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Fin rot
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not too sure, i've had him for almost 2 months

He hasn't eaten in 4 days, I bought him blood worms and he won't even go for those..
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:55 PM   #2 
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"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. "

copy and pasted from a sticky in the diseases and emergency forum. Sorry your fish is so sick =( Hope this info helps.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:16 PM   #3 
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Thank you so much. Ill definitely have to go out once again and our base items for him.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:18 PM   #4 
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Yea, sorry. I( know the feel of them suddenly getting sick and not having stuff on hand. Good luck tho! Keep us posted!
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:44 PM   #5 
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Yea, sorry. I( know the feel of them suddenly getting sick and not having stuff on hand. Good luck tho! Keep us posted!
I definitely will! It was all so sudden too and I had no idea what was happening to him. :c
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:06 PM   #6 
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I find the diseases and cures stickies at the top of the forum very helpful. There's a part one and two.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:45 AM   #7 
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I find the diseases and cures stickies at the top of the forum very helpful. There's a part one and two.
I've looked through it many times, I just never had any idea that it happened so fast.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:36 PM   #8 
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It seems that his problem is that he is bloated/constipated. You should try giving him peas.

Serving Size: 1/4 – 1/2 Pea per Betta.
To prepare, take one pea and blanch it by dropping it into boiling water to soften it. After cooking for 30 seconds for fresh peas or 1 minute for frozen, remove and drop into ice cold water until cooled. Peal the skin away and feed a small portion of the inside to the betta.



Hope this helps reduce the swelling. Good luck!
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It seems that his problem is that he is bloated/constipated. You should try giving him peas.

Serving Size: 1/4 – 1/2 Pea per Betta.
To prepare, take one pea and blanch it by dropping it into boiling water to soften it. After cooking for 30 seconds for fresh peas or 1 minute for frozen, remove and drop into ice cold water until cooled. Peal the skin away and feed a small portion of the inside to the betta.



Hope this helps reduce the swelling. Good luck!
Thank you though, but he's not bloated. He has dropsy :p He had sores on his side today but thankfully I got some medication for him and his swelling went down noticeably. I think in a few days he'll be good. :)
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Im glad you solved your fishie's problem!
I highly highly recommend a thermometer. The ones I have are only$2 and work great!


sometimes problems can be temperature induced and it is very important to know your temperature :)

for most of us, glancing at the thermometer has become second nature whenever we go up to our tanks!
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