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Old 12-04-2011, 09:32 PM   #1 
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Bloated Betta...Dropsy maybe?

What size is your tank? 3 Gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80 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? No

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Hikari Betta Pellets, Freeze dried blood worms and freeze dreid brine shrimp.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Once a day, 6 days per week.
How often do you perform a water change?
Once or twice a week depending on time.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50-75%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API stress coat +

Water Parameters:
No tests

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Bloated Stomach Area
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Swims fine, still eats, but has a bit of trouble swimming because of bloatness
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
A week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Fasted for three-four days, fed de shelled peas, then started epsom salt treatment with maracyn 2.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Only once, i posted here before and it turned out to be lymphocytis.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
about 1.5-2 years. pretty small when i bought her.

So after changing the water last week, i noticed that she started to become fat a day or two after her water change. At first i thought it was constipation so i fasted her over the weekend and fed her deshelled peas when i returned. She swam fine and was still active. Then as the week went by, she only grew bigger and bigger and the peas came back out. So i bought epsom salt and put in about .5 tbspn of salt per gallon. I'm not exactly sure how much to put in, every website i search up has a different amount. I also started adding in Maracyn 2. So i'm not sure on what to do right now nor sure if what im doing is right. So if someone could help me save my poor fish :[

i'm sry if you cant really see with these photos. It's hard to take them because she gets frightened and darts away.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:53 PM   #2 
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Slowly bring him up to 3 tsp/gal epsom salt and see if you can get some Maracyn 1 to combine with your current medication.
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