it's the least I can do... I wish there was more to be done to help.... I know it's hard to see them like this.... and I'm sorry to hear about your other boy.... I can only bet how much harder this all must be...
I'm sure he appreciated the larger tank and his vase <3
I'd remove any finnage that has separated itself from his body... particularly if the meds are focusing on it, might slow them down on him? definitely interesting that it's attacking it though.... 0-o
glad the rot seems to have at least quit spreading and the fuzz is going down a tad.... also sorry to hear downs are coming with the ups... but I suppose it's better than all downs <3
I'm not sure about the dropsy as my boy's never had it... I thought I read somewhere epsom salt was actually bad for it?... maybe not though.... I would post a second board particularly asking about dropsy treatment... or contact Old Fish Lady.... maybe she'd even no a natural remedy? like I said I haven't had much with dropsy... still hoping for you guys :( <3
here's someone who supposedly managed to save one of their fish from it....
"I had 1 with dropsy that survived. Everyone told me to treat her for parasites, but it took 2 weeks to get parasite medication, so I used what I had. Jungle Fungus Clear (at 3x the recomended dose) and epsom salt with 100% daily water changes with more meds. After about a week, the bloating started going down, and then her color started coming back. "
but with all the meds he's already needing that seems like it might overload him.....
here from a morewell-known member...
•Symptoms: Your betta will have a bloated belly and raised scales. They will look like a pine cone. This is usually a fatal disease caused by an internal bacterial infection resulting in internal organ failure but many have had success bringing fish back when treated quickly.
Early Symptoms: Swollen eyes (important), Gray belly (important), Clamped fins, Lethargy. If your fish has swollen eyes and a gray belly, I suggest that you treat it for Dropsy.
•Treatment: If you spot the early signs of Dropsy then treat him/her with ES at 1-2tsp/gal and Jungle’s Anti-Parasite pellets while performing 100% daily water changes. It helps to increase the temperature to 84*F. If he/she has begun Pineconning then do the full course as described below:
Performing daily 100% water changes. Increase the temperature to 84*F. Add 1-2 tsp/gal Epsom Salt. Use API General Cure OR API Erythromycin OR Maracyn II and/or Maracyn for best results. Feed something containing Metronidazole, for example, Jungle’s Anti-Parasite pellets. If caught early, Dropsy is curable. "
diseases and treatment guide
"Dropsy is basically caused by organ failure. It's the kidneys starting to shut down, which is why once they reach the pineconing stage it is very difficult to successfully treat. Ideally, you would you some kind of anti-bacterial if symptoms presented, but high doses of epsom salt sometimes help draw out the fluids." :/