This is a repost from an Australian-based forum, but thought it couldn't hurt to post here as well.
One of my female bettas has been severely bloated for the past week or so. At first I thought she was eggy, but now Iím thinking itís something more serious.
I recently had a male in another tank suddenly bloat up and pass away. However, aside from a grossly distended stomach he was active and eating until the day before he passed. His stomach looked full of fluid, but there was no pineconing at any point. (Here's
a link to that thread).
She is in quarantine, and has currently, been de-wormed with Avitrol (levamisole-based wormer), and given a bath in Epsom salts. Sheís also been given Praziquantel soaked bloodworms in case the Avitrol didnít catch it.
I was browsing around a few overseas betta sites and the words Ďinternal hexamitaí popped up several times in regards to bloated bettas. I know metronidazole is used to treat this, but it doesnít seem like itís readily available in Australia.
Does anyone know what this might be? I was originally going to drop by my LFS and pick up some kind of anti-bacterial medication, but now Iím not sure. Can I go to the vet and get a prescription for metro? Our vet is used to our craziness (they operated on our orphaned bantam chick once) so I think if I asked they could probably write out a prescription.
Also, Iíve noticed that a few of my bettas always look skinny in spite of the fact they have a good diet of New Life Spectrum pellets and assorted frozen foods. Their colouring is always excellent and they are always very active, they just canít seem to put weight on.
I de-wormed one of my males after he starting pineconing with Avitrol and he recovered, but even now heís still skinny. My wilds are completely fine; itís just my Splendens that seem affected. Could I have a worm/parasite problem? Nearly all of my affected bettas have come from the same place so could it be something they picked up there?
Any help/suggestions are greatly