One of my males is severely pineconed tonight. He has labored breathing. Even his beard looks pineconed, there is a large protrusion under his gills that appears like a swollen mass. I have added epsom salt (1tsp per gallon and working up to 3tsp per gallon) to see if that helps, but how long should I wait to see if it helps? I hate to leave him suffering since his breathing is so labored. I am considering euthanasia.
What size is your tank? 3 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Not with a heater but it maintains at 80
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One Betta Pellets and bloodworms, mostly. Some other frozen fish foods at times, like brine shrimp.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x per day
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50-70%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Stress Coat and Stress Zyme
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Nitrite: Have not tested it
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Dropsy
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lethargic
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2 days ago lethargic but thought maybe he was sleeping more. He always comes up for food.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Epsom salt
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He was not well when I first got him, he was transported from Thailand in May/June. The breeder told me he was listless so I knew he was coming to me with a problem. I treated him when he got here for parasites because he had sloughing slime coat and his fins were very pink (He is clear/opaque with spots). He has never seemed 100% to me. I think he has always been a little bit weaker but he swam ok, and always ate.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I think he may be about 7 mo?