Hello all. My betta fish, Sparky, came down with a sickness about 2 weeks ago. He had a swollen lip and looked bloated. I treated him with E.R Erythromycin and epsom salt and fasted him for a week. Well, his lip got better. But what I thought was bloating and constipation, did not. In fact it is slowly getting worse. I have been changing 50% of his water and adding epsom salt every day since he got sick and I have kept his tank warm. I also have done a 100% water change 3 times in the last 2 weeks in addition to all the other water changes. I now believe that he has dropsy..
He has developed swollen eyes and his scales are starting to raise a bit. I recently started him back on the erythromycin yesterday and he has 2 more days to complete his 2nd round of medication. What else can I do to help cure him? I really love my little Sparky and I want him to recover. If he did not look swollen I would not even know he was sick... he is still swimming around, eating, and flaring at his own reflection. I believe the water changes have helped slow the symptoms because I have been so consistent with them. It is still early, so I think he has a chance if I can act quickly. PLEASE HELP!