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Old 07-15-2013, 10:54 AM   #1 
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HELP! IS THIS DROPYS? (swollen abdomen)

Hi, I really need your betta expertise because I'm really worried for my betta. I just noticed theres a huge bump and after searching online and reading through different diseases, I'm really worried it's dropsy!!! :c

I don'tknow if ive been overfeeding him and maybe thatjust caused it but I really really really would appreciate your help please.


What size is your tank? 16 liters/4.2 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78.8 farenheit
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? not sure
Is your tank ted? no
What tank mates does your betta fish livh? none

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Alternate freeze dried blodworms and marine fresh sinking pellet (ingredients says it contains shrimps meal, fish meat, ferm meal, yeast, vitamins and minerals)
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x a day

How often do you perform a water change? every 3 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? varies sometimes 50 sometimes 30 percent
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? - stress coat (api), super fish guard (to dechlorinate etc) and ocean free super natural black water

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


(not sure about these but i bought a water test kit and my reading

NO3 (nitrate) - 20
Nitrite - 0
Ph (fresh) - 7.5
carbonate (KH) - 40
Hardness (gh) - 120

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
What caught my attention really was a bulge below his head - you can view a pic of george harrison here (yes, ive named him after a beatle) -

How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
No noticeable behavior change

When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Lately, his tanks been accumulating fungi/algae in the glass. Help with this too?

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Nope. I really don't know what to do. I bought aquarium salt but i dont know if i should use it

Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Not that I know of

How old is your fish (approximately)?
I really don't know. I bought him from the petshop last April. Not sure how old he is.

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Old 07-15-2013, 11:17 AM   #2 
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From that picture I cannot really tell.

Looking at it from the top, a fish with dropsy has scales that stick out like a pinecone, like this:

They also act lethargic/lose apetite/ hide out.. and have labored "breathing"

Honestly your betta doesn't look all that bad to me, probably just overfeeding but most of my bettas look like yours after feeding, those fatties! lol

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Old 07-15-2013, 11:20 AM   #3 
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It looks as if he is just severely bloated. How many pellets do you feed him?
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:20 AM   #4 
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You need to get a pic from above for us to tell.

I think he simply looks constipated. If this is the case, fast him for three days. If he is still constipated, add 1tsp/g of Epsom salt to his water. Aquarium salt will not help and could make it worse.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:03 PM   #5 
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Here's a photo from above. I'm used my iphone to take this so really sorry if the quality is bad but it looks like his scales are norma, thank God! :)

Yes, maybe its just bloating so i'll try making him fast for a day or two and see if it improves.

Thanks everyone for getting back so fast! Much appreciated! Maybe I was just really paranoid hehe
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