What size is your tank? 10g
What temperature is your tank? 82'F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 3 other female betta fish
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? various - betta flakes, TetraColor flakes, Hikari pellets, bloodworms, Hikari micro pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? about
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? a little Stress Coat+ and Leaf Zone for the plants
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No, test strips just ran out when I got back from my trip. Will get more on Tuesday (pet store is not open Monday for family reasons)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? slightly pineconed, colors faded enough to be concernable
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? clamped tail, lethargic and not active, eats very rarely and very little, not interested in other fish or anything outside the tank
When did you start noticing the symptoms? the 26th, didn't know it was dropsy until just a few hours ago but I treated her in Betta Revive from then on until I could diagnose her properly
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Betta Revive, upped temp to 84'F... she's in a mini tank (the things that pet stores have (to catch/transfer fish) that can hang from the edge into the water) with the medicine
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 8 months, soon 9
As a note, I had been gone for three weeks. It's possible she got dropsy because the caretaker didn't do water changes to the larger tanks. I read that it's curable, but after researching a bit, I'm confused as to what's the best way to cure it. Avalantic's like my second Leliia in that their personalities are alike. I'd preferably like to keep her longer than the short almost 9 months she's been alive, as she's also the girl I wanted to breed.
She is one of two fish I've ever had who got dropsy. The other fish was an old guppy, who had it because of this same trip. She died two days ago.
Also, anything I need to cure her that I don't have, the pet store won't be open until Tuesday. Unless I happen to go to the town with the other stores (about an hour or so drive away), I can't get anything new. Anything to help her until then would be great, too.
Pictures will come soon.