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Old 10-26-2008, 05:08 PM   #1 
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Question Betta Just Lying Around

I've had my betta in a huge glass bowl for the past year. I never had a problem with him. Recently however, he showed signs of being sick. Sluggish, loss of color, etc. So, I started looking for info on the net and decided to take him to PetCo and have the fish lady look at him. She said it looked like dropsy.

Within the past 2 weeks, I got him transferred to a 2.5gal tank and have him on Maracyn-Two (spread-spectrum antibiotic) for the dropsy. He's still not very colorful, doesn't swim much, usually lays on one side or the other, and does not eat.

Is it just age? Should I be prepared to replace him? Anyone have any ideas? And please, if you're responding, know what you're talking about.
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:17 PM   #2 
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I think bettas need a heater... can anyone correct me if I'm wrong?
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:19 PM   #3 
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If he's bloated and his scales are raised and he looks like a pinecone, then its probably dropsy. It can be treated but not cured.
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Mine don't have heaters but are in a very warm room. Heaters really are best to have though.
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:59 PM   #5 
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Well, I went and got regular Maracyn and a pH tester kit. I've never owned a fish before and people told me Bettas were pretty much self-sufficient. I picked up the Maracyn because around the gills my Betta is silvery, part of his tailfin has turned white. He still isn't eating and his breathing looks labored. He seemed to perk up a bit after yesterday and today's Maracyn treatments.

I also tested the water and the pH is off the scale. I was wondering if that has something to do with it. I was also wondering what the correct pH should be for a Betta and how much I can change the pH at one time without stressing out the fish.

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The ph level should be at 6.8 to 7.4. Someone else will have to advise you how to get your ph in the proper range.
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