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Old 03-25-2011, 08:13 PM   #1 
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Sick Female betta

Please see attached pictures. I'm not sure if she's egg bound, dropsy, or some other mystery. Acting healthy aside from mild swimming issues, namely staying level.

Housing

What size is your tank? Half Gallon (Marina Betta Kit with live plant)
What temperature is your tank? Low to mid 70s (guessing)
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? By herself (male in another tank and more often than not there is something in between them so they can't see each other)

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? HBH Betta Bites - pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3-4 pellets twice a day 5 days a week

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? usually 2 times a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? full
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? 1 tsp aquarium salt and 10 drops tap water neutralizer

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? No
If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: n/a
Nitrite: n/a
Nitrate: n/a
pH: n/a
Hardness: n/a
Alkalinity: n/a

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? She's all bloated with a weird white/yellow bubble from her anal area.

How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It hasn't. She still eats the same, she still swims but gets frustrated because she can't swim as well

When did you start noticing the symptoms? About this time last week.

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? 2 drops of MelaFix

Does your fish have any history of being ill? Nope she's always seemed healthy

How old is your fish (approximately)? I got her about 9 months ago from PetsMart
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:43 PM   #2 
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Based on the 2nd picture from above, she has dropsy. There's not much to be done for it. It usually means she's in kidney failure. Make her comfortable. Do a water change and don't add a tsp of salt this time or melafix. Just fresh, clean, dechlorinated water. Salt should only be used for 10 day treatments and then at 1/2 tsp per gallon and melafix won't do anything for her, it's for wound treatment.
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:46 PM   #3 
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Please see attached pictures. I'm not sure if she's egg bound, dropsy, or some other mystery. Acting healthy aside from mild swimming issues, namely staying level.

Housing

What size is your tank? Half Gallon (Marina Betta Kit with live plant)
This is too small. The absolute minimum for a betta is 1-1.5 gallons.
What temperature is your tank? Low to mid 70s (guessing)
This is too cold. Bettas are tropical fish and require temperatures in the 76-82 range.
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
I highly recommend you purchase a heater and a thermometer.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? By herself (male in another tank and more often than not there is something in between them so they can't see each other)

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? HBH Betta Bites - pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3-4 pellets twice a day 5 days a week

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? usually 2 times a week
In something as small as a half gallon I would do at least 100% water change every other day, although the half gallon should not be a permanent set up.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? full
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? 1 tsp aquarium salt and 10 drops tap water neutralizer
The aquarium salt is not necessary.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? No
If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: n/a
Nitrite: n/a
Nitrate: n/a
pH: n/a
Hardness: n/a
Alkalinity: n/a

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? She's all bloated with a weird white/yellow bubble from her anal area.

How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It hasn't. She still eats the same, she still swims but gets frustrated because she can't swim as well

When did you start noticing the symptoms? About this time last week.

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? 2 drops of MelaFix
I would not use this. Melafix is harmful to the betta's labrynth.

Does your fish have any history of being ill? Nope she's always seemed healthy

How old is your fish (approximately)? I got her about 9 months ago from PetsMart
All in all, you need a bigger set up and a heater.
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:19 PM   #4 
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FYI The small amount of aquarium salt was recommended to me by a veterinarian I know, who is also a successful betta breeder, as a regular thing to put in the water. Ever since I started doing it I have not had ANY issues with fungus.
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:21 PM   #5 
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Regularly using aquarium salt can make it a lot difficult to fight disease when you actually need the salt. They get resistant to it or something.
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:23 PM   #6 
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Another quick question. Where do you find a good trusty heater for a 1-1.5 gallon? I have that size tank at home that I used to have a betta in but finding a good heater (our apartment is cold) has always been difficult.
(My female is on my desk at work.)
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:25 PM   #7 
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Probably petco or petsmart, but a tank that small is hard to heat safely, that is why I suggest you get at least 2.5 gallons. That is the smallest I go for my fish.
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:30 PM   #8 
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I don't think I'll be getting any more bettas for a while. When I do though I do plan on making it a really nice set up with a good betta not just a pet store fish. Granted I said that before and ended up with the two I have now.

It saddens me that my female (Tonks) has dropsy. I was worried that that might be what it is but she just didn't seem to match the pictures.

Thank you both for the quick replies! I hopefully won't have to bug you again for a while.
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:30 PM   #9 
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I've never had fungus either and I don't use any salt. It's your call honestly. I'm only repeating what I've learned here from Oldfishlady, who we all look to for advice. Good luck with her. I hope she pulls through. :)
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Old 04-02-2011, 07:34 PM   #10 
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The use of salt is rather contraversial. Some swear by it and others say it's not good to use it regularly. I was told by a very knowledgeable person that it messes with the fish's osmoregulatory system.
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