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About a week ago I noticed my betta looked a little bloated and wasn’t swimming around as well as usual. I thought I’d noticed some pineconing starting and assumed dropsy, so I immediately did a 50% water change, started Kanaplex and added aquarium salt. At first he seemed to be doing pretty well, I kept doing about 1/3 water changes, he still wanted to eat and got around decently well, bloating wasn’t getting worse but not better either, but he was spending most of his time at the bottom of the tank. Yesterday was last Kanaplex dose, and now I’m not so sure if I’m treating the right thing. He seems worse today, not active, sitting at bottom kind of on his side, but i think the little bit of pineconing I see might just be around his bloated stomach and not the whole body. He also still has full bright colors no clamped fins, which in the two bettas I’ve had with in the past who got dropsy, color started fading immediately and fins became clamped. Now I’m wondering if I’ve been going about this the wrong way and if it might be something else and if so what I might be able to do to treat it? I tried to get pics as best I could but he’s been hiding a bit from me today and wasn’t a fan of me sticking my face around him and I didn’t wanna stress him out more
UPDATE: it’s real hard to see him clearly cuz he’s pretty dark but I think I got a pretty good look at him and think what I was perceiving as pineconing was just the bloating? Not sure what to treat for at this point—he seems a little better today so not sure if I should do second round of Kanaplex or treat it like swim bladder disease? I uploaded a few pics from today that are hopefully a little clearer—I tried to lighten one of them

How many gallons is your tank? 10
Does it have a filter? Yes
Does it have a heater? Yes
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind? None

What food brand do you use? New life spectrum
Do you feed flakes or pellets? Pellets
Freeze-dried? No but sometimes frozen brine shrimp or blood worms
How often do you feed your Betta? How much? Twice a day, what he’ll eat in about 3 mins

your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change? 1/week
What percentage of water did you change? 1/4
What is the source of your water? Tap (treated)
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water? Vacuum
What additives do you use other than conditioner? What brand of conditioner? Prime

Water Parameters:
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you. Important: Test your water before the regular water change; not after one.

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms? 6-7 days ago
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? Bloated stomach, a little bit of pineconing around stomach
How has your Betta’s behavior changed? Stays mostly at bottom of tank
Is your Betta still eating? Yes but not as much
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? Yes—3 doses of Kanaplex
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? No
How long have you owned your Betta? A bit under a yr
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased? No
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