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Old 01-07-2012, 01:55 PM   #1 
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Hoping its not Dropsy

Housing
What size is your tank? 20gall
What temperature is your tank? 80-82*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? 5 other bettas, 3 Platies, 2 loaches, 2 coreys.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta pellets, sundried baby shrimp.
How often do you feed your betta fish? once every other day.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? once a month
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%-30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? None

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
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Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? She is severely bloated, and her scales are pine-coned
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Has trouble getting to the surface.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? She is in QT with AQ salt. Just mixed up a batch of 2tsp per Gall...isnt in that yet.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? i have had her for a year.

Im really hoping this isnt Dropsy, but i am scared that it is.
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:00 PM   #2 
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This is dropsy for sure.

I'm sorry to say once a month is not nearly often enough for a water change. You need to be doing small (about 20% water changes weekly). It says you're not using any additives.. no dechlorinator? Please use a drops test kit to test your water. You will likely need to do an immediate rather large change.

For the dropsy fish, you need to immedietly remove the aquarium salt. Aquarium salt can make dropsy worse because aquarium salt causes fish to hold water and that is the problem with dropsy. nacl is good for infections but for dropsy you want epsoms. You also want to treat with an antibiotic for 14 days. My suggestion is Kanamyacin (Kanaplex by Seachem) if you can find it. If you cannot find it then try Maracyn 1 and 2 in combo but really highly suggest you try to find the Kanaplex.. look at yellowpages.com and call 'aquarium' search results until you find it.

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Old 01-07-2012, 02:06 PM   #3 
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i just pulled her out of the AQ salt.

And i will start looking around for the Kanaplex.
From seeing on here, will i need to start her on medicated pellets? She still eats.
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:11 PM   #4 
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You can feed kanaplex and bathe at the same time, but I don't know it's necessary. Kanamyacin is easily absorbed through the gills so that's one of the reasons why it's so good on internal infections like dropsy. It may help but it's also a strong antibiotic and is hard on the kidneys.. I've done both with no harm to the fish and Seachem has suggested it on their forums.. Best I can tell you. To feed use a small amount of either the treated aquarium water or you can use garlic guard by seachem to cover the med taste and make the soaked pellets more likely to be eaten. Drop in one measure of the kanaplex and soak pellets for 10-15 min. I use standard size (hikari, omega one, etc) pellets 2 2x daily in this soak. NLS just does not soak up the stuff so although it is one of if not the best nutritionally I avoid this when medicating. Some people will refrigerate and reuse the mix but I make fresh each time because Kanamyacin has a short half life.

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Old 01-07-2012, 02:16 PM   #5 
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...it was very short lived.
She is dead.
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:22 PM   #6 
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Awww sorry to hear about your female! Dropsy is one of the things that has an extremely low chance of curing... and fish are pretty good at hiding what's wrong, until it's too late :(
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oh my gosh. :[ nooo. i'm so sorry your fish is gone. :[
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:13 PM   #8 
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I'm sorry your fish didn't make it :( Dropsy is one of those symptoms that can move very very quickly as it's actually a sign of kidney failure. That kind of dropsy, in my experience, is usually internal bacterial infection.

I would watch your other fish very carefully for signs of infection. I would also test the water quality and be prepared to make a good large maybe like 50% water change there and then make sure you maintain 20% weekly changes from here on out.

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Old 01-07-2012, 04:04 PM   #10 
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i will be making a large change when i got home again today.
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