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these are the most recent pics of Snappy taken today, I am at a loss of what else I can try, I have tried absolutely everything, continues to go downhill, has not eaten for almost 4 wks now. Poor little guy.
















 

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I'm so sorry that I can't help. If you fill out this form the experts can help you. I hope he gets better soon, good luck. :)

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this almost looks like what I was going through with my Dale...I changed his water to spring water, got rid of his marbles in his tank, and changed his food...he is doing a MILLION times better. I hope this helps...BTW my avatar is Dale
 

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Thank you Disney Betta. I appreciate your comment regarding my little fish boy Snappy. I knew time was getting short for the little guy when I posted this. I have tried endlessly to help him, including visiting with 3 local "fish" specialty stores & our city aquarium, despartately searching for information or answers to save his life. And of course relentlessly doing internet searches & joining this forum, hoping for some help or encouragement as Snappy continued to get worse. Im a fanatic about keeping his water clean, I had two 3 gallon & one 5 gallon Marineland eclipse tanks, with heater, filter, biowheel, healthy live plants, Indian almond leaves, & oxygenator air stone & of course water conditioner stabilizer Tetra. I hand fed him daily, 1 betta bite at a time to avoid food falling, he would only eat betta bites, I tried blood worms, no, freeze dried brine shrimp, no & 4 other types of betta food bites, also no. So I feed him what he would eat, betta bites. He started to get sick early December, he stopped eating shortly before Christmas, I tried everyday to get him to eat even 1 bite. No. The last 4 weeks he just stayed on top of water in a corner. I put him back in his favorite 3 gallon tank since I didnt want him to pass away in the hosptial tank I knew he wasnt happy in. Sadly my little blue boy passed away Saturday morning. I wish I could have done something to save him, I literally tried everything, I wasnt going to give up if he didnt.
Finally in the end though, he did give up. Im so sad that happened. I am not certain what was wrong but feel it must have been something incurable, Im worried it was TB, possibly cancer? I just dont know. I dont think I will ever get another fish, trying to get answers & help was almost more than I could stand. I could not believe the amount of misinformation & indifference in advice between pet stores, aquariums, internet & forums. I havent seen anything like it before. I know each case is different but to get completely different information from each source I reached out to was exhausting. When my Moki (maltese dog) was diagnosed with diabetes, the forum I found was priceless. The information for the most part was consistant & helpful. So helpful that it gave us two additional love filled years with our sweet little boy. Moki passed away in April 2009 at the age of 14 1/2, my heart is still broken. I write this to possibly help others here on this forum be a little more understanding during emergency situations & thank those who reached out to help me help my little fish. I wish the best to all of you & your little fish kids
 

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I'm sorry for your loss. :(
 

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I'm sorry for your loss. A cause of misinformation via multiple sources is unless you live with the fish in question it's very hard to diagnose any ailments. Also there's a lot of diseases that fish can get that still haven't been properly researched. On top of all that there are a lot of diseases with very similar symptoms. It makes it hard to give advice. I hope that the next betta fish you get lives longer. Like you said the boy you had may have contracted something incurable.
 
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