First, thanks for your time reading this. I think I'm one of those ignorant fish owners that you'll have a field day with, but I adore my Grebby and would really appreciate your help. I've had Grebby for about 2 years. He is the most rocking betta out there. He's always been super active and has had a hefty appetite.
11 days ago we noticed a tumor-like protrusion. Looking closer at it, we could see his fins were standing up. He was hiding in his cave and was unresponsive--for Grebby, an obvious sign of illness even if he looked perfectly fine. After a bit of research, I feel comfortable calling it Dropsy.
I purchased Maracyn-II and did two-5-day cycles per the box instructions. After the first couple of days he became a new fish. He was eating, active, all was looking better. His pineconed fins were flattened, though no change to his swollen 'tumor'. Now, one day after the second 5-day treatment, his fins are pineconed again. He's eating, and though he does hang on the bottom a bit, he's still all excited when I come near the tank. He definitely has an appetite- he tried to eat the vials when I was doing a water test.
He's by himself in a small 1.5 gallon filtered tank. I just did a 50% water change, but I've been reading different forums, and everyone says something different.
I'm at a loss. He seems happy, but looks horrible. His belly is getting lighter and he seems bloated. He now has a white spot on his side as well that wasn't there after the first treatment.
Like an #$%^&, I didn't do a water change after the first treatment since the box didn't say anything about it. I figured it was on purpose because it would dilute the medication. I could shoot myself for not exhausting all forums for proper instructions. I should've looked for more info.
Please help if you can. He's super special, and I just want him comfortable.