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Old 07-02-2011, 01:37 AM   #21 
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Would it be a good idea to add a heater to his tank as well? It would be set at 80 for a day since I'd have to a new one and it says to keep it at that setting for 24 hours. It's about 75F water temp without a heater in his 1 gal.
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:40 AM   #22 
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Yes, a heater would be good. 75 is a little nippy for a betta.
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:41 AM   #23 
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I keep my heater at 80 in my tank. There are a few diseases that are easier to treat with a lowered temp, so you gotta keep those in mind, but I think 80 is good for my fish.
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Generally bacterial infections like fin rot and columnaris require lower temps of about 75-76 degrees to slow the life cycle of the bacteria. But dropsy will do fine at around 78-80 degrees.
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:48 AM   #25 
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I'll put him at 80ish tomorrow with a new tank for my mom to hate and dose some maracyn. do i dose maracyn 1 or 2 or both?
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Just 1 for starters. If he doesn't improve after a full treatment of 1 then you can add Maracyn II.
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:57 AM   #27 
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Thank you. I'll be off to buy that tank later today. :) Anything else I should know? x_x
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:59 AM   #28 
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Nothing I can think of right now. We'll see how things go for Lando and hopefully he'll be back to 100% at hyperspeed.
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:02 AM   #29 
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I see what you did there. :P

Does dropsy normally set in a few hours? This was so sudden. I left the house and he was fine and I come back and he's on his side struggling. It took less than 12 hours for it to occur. ;A;
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:10 AM   #30 
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Hey, I went 2 and 1/2 pgs without a reference, admirable restraint, I think. At least I didn't say something like "keep the temp in his tank as hot as Tatooine."

Dropsy can set in fast if he's been constipated or had this bacterial infection in him for a few days. Because fish don't exhibit any other signs like mammals do, like throw up or pass out or bleed, we often don't know they have any internal problems until a visual symptom like dropsy shows up.
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