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Old 05-11-2011, 07:06 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Please! need help for my Gilburt

my crowntail betta has an inflamed gill. the gill cover looks as if it's peeling back and i have no idea whats wrong with him :(. it also looks like he has black spots developing on both of his gill covers, however im not sure if they were there when i got him (ive only had him for a couple of weeks)

He is unfortunately only in a 1.5L tank (im trying to save up for a nicer one dw)
Ph levels are a little high.
nitriate levels dont get above 0.05ppm
i do regular water changes every other day
temp is about 68-75 in a day
he has been swimming around as usual and eating his food like a pig. he gets 2 small feeds a day of betta pellet food

ive been putting in a bit of melafix and aquarium salts into his tank but i dont think its doing anything :(

please if anyone could help i would be ever so grateful i dont want him to die, ive become so fond of him.
please help my Gilburt.

p.s this is my first post/ time being on this site so if its in the wrong place im sorry

edit: i think he may also be a bit bloated, he seems bigger then before :(

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Old 05-11-2011, 07:31 AM   #2 
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Can you take some photos?
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:34 AM   #3 
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i shall try
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:41 AM   #4 
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how do i upload pics onto here? :/
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:56 AM   #5 
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i hope this worked :/

i also think he may be developing dropsy :'( i hope im wrong
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:20 AM   #6 
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I would get him started on Epsom salt(Not aquarium salt) 2tsp/gal along with 100% daily water changes in a small QT container that can be floated in a heated tank to maintain a water temp if 76F....

Pre-mix the Epsom salt 2tsp/gal in a 1gal jug of dechlorinated water and use this water for the 100% daily water changes....

Good luck and keep us posted......
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:48 AM   #7 
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I can't really tell if he has dropsy from the pic, but he does look bloated which can be an early sign of dropsy.

If you believe he has developed dropsy, the best treatment for that is the epsom treatment suggested by OFL combined with an oral medication that contains Metronidazole (Jungle Anti-Parasite Pellets sold at Petsmart have been successful). It also helps to bring the temperature up to between 80-86*F if possible... Maracyn II is also affective against dropsy and can be used in conjunction with epsom and oral meds. Early treatment is key for curing Dropsy. Make sure you do those 100% daily water changes.

Good luck :)
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:06 AM   #8 
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thankyou every one ^^ i will have to get some epsom salt, as for now ill keep up with the 100% water changes.

he is looking a little bit better today i think he may be bloated due to constipation :/ so ill go cut up a pea for him.

thankyou again very much ^^
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