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Working on a paragraph about betta illnesses. Can someone help me with how to treat the following:
Ich
Swim Bladder
Fin melt
Fin Rot
Fungus
Dropsy
Tumor
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I want to be sure I give out accurate info.

Also, am I missing any betta diseases?
 

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I'm not an expert on this, but since no one replied yet I will tell you some stuffs I know. I had bettas in the past that had ich. I used the ich cure bottles you find at any lfs or even walmart. For swim bladder, it only happened to one of my male betta. I fasted the betta for 2 days, and then fed him a small portion of a peeled defrosted pea. Fin rot can be also be treated with the medicine bottles. Overall, changing and maintaining good water quality does half of the job. I read about Dropsy, I don't know about the cure, since most fish usually die to dropsy. you can usually just search these up on google anyways. By all means, I'm not an expert. There's lots of experts out there on these diseases. I think there is more such as velvet and other stuffs.
 

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Go under the section "Betta Care" and then to "Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies." There are some stickies with really good information. Make sure to give credit to the author if you use that info.
 

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Ich, there are medicines you can get, but if you heat the tank up to 86 degrees for 2 weeks. Make sure you raise the temp slowly so you don't shock the betta.

SBD~ one of the causes is constipation, so treat for that and see if the SBD resolves. To treat for constipation feed frozen daphnia, then fast the fish. You can also do an epsom salt bath, leave the fish in the bath, do not use the bath for more then 10 days and make sure to do 100% water changes every day. If it's a damaged swim bladder I don't think there's much that can be done besides lowering the water level so the fish can easily reach the surface of the water.

Fungus~ Sometimes AQ salt baths will help, but I think my fish had it too bad. I ended up using a medicine that treated fungal infection, wish I had used it first.

Fin Rot~ Depends on how bad it is. Sometimes keeping the water very clean, using AQ salt, and using Seachem Stress Guard will work if the rot is caught early enough. If it isn't then medicine to treat the rot will be needed.

Dropsy~ it's usually a symptom of a bigger problem like organ failure. About the only treatment I know that might work is epsom salt baths, but it's a long shot.

Popeye~ epsom salt baths.

Tumor~ Prayer
 
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