Originally Posted by LittleBettaFish
Resa's betta could have easily died from internal injuries. I had a male who got attacked by some females and he passed away even though the external injuries while bad were not life threatening.
This Melafix/Bettafix drama reminds me of the various 'urban legends' you see floating around on forums and social media sites. You see it all the time with people reporting anecdotes as if they are proof rather than just one individual's experience.
It could just be some bettas respond more adversely to this product than others. It's why there are warning labels on medications about possible side effects. It doesn't mean everyone will get them, just a select few.
I agree, it seems odd that someone who's fish got beaten up in a fight would blame the death on something other than the fish getting beaten up in a fight.... it is entirely likely that the fish would have died at the exact same time, without the dosage.
One of my favorite urban legends was the idea that bettas can't be kept with sand. One persons betta supposedly eats some sand and dies, and that particular experience gets passed off as a legitimate warning and so no one should keep their betta with sand.... I can guarantee that that person did not open up the fish to see that it was in fact sand that was blocking something somewhere. So, they just jump to a conclusion based on purely circumstantial evidence.
Ahhh, but there is no such warning on melafix
There are warnings on EVERYTHING nowadays, so that's gotta make you wonder....