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    Clean/disinfect A 5 Gallon Tank After A Betta Died Of Dropsy?

    If I know the fish are definitely safe, then I can deal with the pickles smell! lol
  2. bettanewbie2017

    Clean/disinfect A 5 Gallon Tank After A Betta Died Of Dropsy?

    Do you have any recommendations for cleaning a tank?
  3. bettanewbie2017

    Clean/disinfect A 5 Gallon Tank After A Betta Died Of Dropsy?

    I'm a bit reluctant to try peroxide or bleach - hoping for a bit gentler method, if possible!
  4. bettanewbie2017

    Clean/disinfect A 5 Gallon Tank After A Betta Died Of Dropsy?

    I saw this: and thought that there’s no way that cannot be causing him pain. My boyfriend and I spent a lot of time watching him, seeing how he wasn’t responsive, and made the incredibly difficult decision to use clove oil, and let him gently go to sleep. I can’t stand walking by Alpha’s tank...
  5. bettanewbie2017

    Should I Euthanize?

    I'm so sorry that you lost your little fighter
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    Should I Euthanize?

    I do have clove oil on hand - I've never used it for this purpose before, but I have it. Alpha used to be a super active, and super responsive guy. I think he still has a bit of fight in him - I put some food directly in front of him, and sometimes he acts like he wants it, but has trouble...
  7. bettanewbie2017

    Should I Euthanize?

    Alpha has gone downhill dramatically today alone. I did give him an epsom salt bath earlier this evening, which he seemed to tolerate.
  8. bettanewbie2017

    Should I Euthanize?

    I don’t say/ask this question lightly, but should I euthanize my betta (Alpha)? As you can see, Alpha is pineconing because of dropsy, and his abdomen is severely swollen (is it possible for the skin/gills to rip apart? It goes from white to a red on his swollen tummy. I can’t bear the thought...
  9. bettanewbie2017

    Clean/disinfect A 5 Gallon Tank After A Betta Died Of Dropsy?

    He made it through the Epsom salt bath; now he’s just breathing heavily and not moving much. I’m trying to not think the worst, but I’m so worried/upset
  10. bettanewbie2017

    Clean/disinfect A 5 Gallon Tank After A Betta Died Of Dropsy?

    I got home, and he’s gotten much worse in the 5 hours since I checked on him at lunch. He’s in an Epsom salt bath right now, not moving much, so far:
  11. bettanewbie2017

    Clean/disinfect A 5 Gallon Tank After A Betta Died Of Dropsy?

    Oh wow, your reply has made me incredibly happy, just to be able to consider that Alpha might make it!!! I'm definitely going to try the epsom salt bath as you've recommended it. Fingers crossed that it's not too late! THANK YOU!!
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    Clean/disinfect A 5 Gallon Tank After A Betta Died Of Dropsy?

    Yes, the salt has been removed from the tank water (I also have an air stone in the tank right now for more oxygen & Alpha really likes it). I did add it to the food, and although he hasn't been eating as much in the past few days, he has definitely consumed some medication. I'm a bit wary of...
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    Clean/disinfect A 5 Gallon Tank After A Betta Died Of Dropsy?

    Hence why I put "dropsy" in the title of this thread Once I realized that it wasn't constipation, I've tried some aquarium salt to see if it would reduce any of the bloating (it hasn't), and then when I saw the white, stringy poop, I began treating him with API's General Cure because it treats...
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    Clean/disinfect A 5 Gallon Tank After A Betta Died Of Dropsy?

    Yes, I've tried that several times. I've also tried giving him tiny pieces of cooked peas, soaked in garlic, and I've even gone and found frozen daphnia to see if that would work - that's been over the course of a couple of months, because at first I thought he might just be chubby. It's not...
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    Clean/disinfect A 5 Gallon Tank After A Betta Died Of Dropsy?

    Hi guys, I'm incredibly sad to even need to ask this, but my beloved betta fish, Alpha, is pineconing (I think because of parasitic infections - I began treating the tank with meds once I noticed that his poop was white and stringy). I haven't entirely given up hope, but I know that his chances...
  16. bettanewbie2017

    Tumor In Male Betta?

    Please, I need some advice/help!
  17. bettanewbie2017

    Tumor In Male Betta?

    (I should also add that there's no evidence of pineconing)
  18. bettanewbie2017

    Tumor In Male Betta?

    Hi everyone, I'm so sad about this, but yesterday I noticed that my betta Alpha has a large growth on his stomach. He's in a cycled 5 gallon tank, and the water parameters are all where they should be. When you look closely, there are white spots on the growth (and only on the growth), but they...
  19. bettanewbie2017

    My Betta Gets Stressed When Removed For Tank Cleaning

    Thanks - I had tried it a couple of times without removing him, but was scared that I might somehow be doing even more damage. He'll be staying in the tank from now on!
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    My Betta Gets Stressed When Removed For Tank Cleaning

    Hi all -- When I do my regular tank cleaning/pwc, I gently scoop my betta into the cup he was in at the LFS, and proceed to clean and refill my tank. From what I've read, this seems to be more or less the standard procedure. The problem is that when I place him back into the tank, he is...
  21. bettanewbie2017

    Where Should I Place My Heater?

    Do you have any preference for which direction? Vertical? Thanks!
  22. bettanewbie2017

    Where Should I Place My Heater?

    Hi everyone! I'm just getting started with my first aquarium (I plan to get a Betta), and I'm wondering where I should put my heater? I've read so many different answers that I'm not sure what to do - even here, people seem to have differing opinions about this (Help: - correct/best place for...
  23. bettanewbie2017

    Beginner Betta Budget!

    --------- As a newbie myself (such a surprise, given my username ), I find it really reassuring that my list closely resembles yours! I've been doing a lot of research as well, and there doesn't seem to be much selection for betta food available to me, either. Which food seems to be the best...
  24. bettanewbie2017

    Oscar's 2.5 Gallon Tank

    Such a great idea! (...annnnd now I wanna get a second tank so I can do something similar, lol). Man, this is addictive!
  25. bettanewbie2017

    Need Suggestions From Betta Owners!

    Okay, I think this is hands-down the most gorgeous aquscaping that I've seen! What a lucky (and handsome) crowntail!
  26. bettanewbie2017

    Need Suggestions From Betta Owners!

    Wow, what beautiful bettas! What size tanks do you have them in? I only have one tank (so far!), but I can see adding more in the future, oh-so-easily!
  27. bettanewbie2017

    80 Gallon Betta

    ---- I agree! I agree - what a cool job! What level do you teach? (I definitely didn't have aquatic science as an option when I was in high school!) Also, could you/do you plan to post the results of the experiment anywhere? I'd be keen to learn which promotes root growth the best
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    Oscar's 2.5 Gallon Tank

    Oh Oh my goodness, both Indiana and Arizona are stunning! And double wow - talk about aquascaping, their tanks are fantastic. I love the white sand in one tank, and the black sand in the other - did you choose that deliberately, based on Indiana and Arizona's different colourings? They really...




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