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Old 02-22-2013, 02:12 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Hole in Stomach! HELP!

Someone please help me! My betta (Tim Burton) had not eaten for five days and I noticed. He has been extremely lethargic and refused to eat. His stomach was a little swollen I figured he was constipated. He did not poop and he was still acting this way and I figured he was going to pass away soon. Today, hes swimming fine but I noticed he has a hole in his stomach! You can see inside him and I am freaking out. He is in a 5gal tank (heated 80 degrees constant) I feed him micro pellets because he refused to eat any shrimp or normal pellets when I first got him (I have had him for almost a year). I honestly do not know what to do. I hope this is treatable.

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Old 02-22-2013, 02:36 PM   #2 
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He's got fin rot and popeye too..

I see no filter.. this means you should be doing weekly 100% water changes at least. I would do it by day 5 or add an extra 50% mid week myself.

I think the best thing you can do is keep his water extra clean.. increase water changes to 50% every other day and 100% weekly and hope he recovers.. if his entire stomach burst then I'm not sure how likely that is to heal to be honest..

For the fin rot and popeye I would do epsom salts - 1 tsp per gallon predissolved and added slowly over an hour to avoid shock. Also need to be really careful and make sure they have no dyes, perfumes, or additives of any other kind. I get mine from CVS Pharmacy. You only need to readd the salt with a water change, and then only as much as water you change. I would leave the epsoms in at least a week, if not two.

Stress Coat at 1 ml per gallon, fresh water vitachem at 1 drop per gallon or IAL might also help.

You may also need antibiotics but this is a start.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:40 PM   #3 
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He's got fin rot and popeye too..

I see no filter.. this means you should be doing weekly 100% water changes at least. I would do it by day 5 or add an extra 50% mid week myself.

I think the best thing you can do is keep his water extra clean.. increase water changes to 50% every other day and 100% weekly and hope he recovers.. if his entire stomach burst then I'm not sure how likely that is to heal to be honest..
I had a filter but the lowest setting stressed him out. I do 100% every week/week and a half. Ive been doing it for a year and he seems fine with it. I am not sure if his stomach is what bursted... I know there is a hole but I do not know if it affected any organs...


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Old 02-22-2013, 03:41 PM   #4 
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This is incredibly sad, and I might be way off base, but if his entire stomach burst (and it looks like it did), I think it would be cruel to just let him die slowly.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:20 PM   #5 
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Has that abnormal buldge (above the hole) new? Or is that how he was when you got him?
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:05 PM   #6 
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I would say be careful with the salt because a wound like that, the salt might make it sting. I would buy a filter (low flow) and make sure to clean the gravel when you do water changes. I was totally shocked when I saw that.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:21 PM   #7 
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I'd also be hesitant to use AQ Salt, since it's open to the inside flesh. I'd think that would be very dehydrating to him and more risk of causing further organ damage. But, honestly, if his stomach actually burst, I'd probably be looking at euthanizing him. That's one thing as a nurse I know- a ruptured organ really isn't going to heal. It could be a fast, or slow, death, depending on how big the wound is.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:05 PM   #8 
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Oh my gosh that's really sad. I'm so sorry for your loss. Honestly, in my opinion, the hole itself doesn't look treatable. If I were in your position, I would euthanize. I don't say euthanize easily, either. There are many ways in which you can do this if you decide to. Here's the deal, though: you have a fish that has two out of three treatable conditions. Though the treatments for those two makes the third condition more painful. He's in a lot of pain now. Poor baby. I'm so sorry for your loss. :'(
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:48 PM   #9 
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Thank you all for replying! I threw out the gravel and most of his plants. I transferred him into his 2.5 gal so he does not need to swim so much for air. His heater can now heat the water perfectly. I will monitor him, he seems like he's fine for having a huge hole on his side. He ate like 3 micropellets and he's been swimming. My friend is going to give me some almond leaves and hopefully that can help. I would hate to euthanize him since he seems like he is swimming fine. I really do not know what to do but just wait. No one knows what this could be? I also noticed when I was cleaning his tank I took a closer look at him and it looks like he may have "Dropsy". His scales are sticking out on that side where his wound is. I have not heard good things about dropsy which saddens me but all I can do now is hope. Thank you all
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We're all hoping the best for the little guy; keep us posted.
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