Bloated Betta Help

  1. VenomousTiger

    VenomousTiger Valued Member Member

    I recently noticed me Betta fish was a little bloated. I didn’t think much of it and just skipped a feeding at the time. Then 2 days later it still hadn’t gone away. I fed him a little bit of a pea, and fasted him. He is still bloated. I am worried it could be dropsy, or inflamed gills.

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    What could it be? The tank is 10 gallons, I used to have some female guppies in with him but I moved those out fairly recently. I have been keeping up with water changes. I feed him 3-4 API betta pellets a day, but sometimes skip feedings to make sure he has a natural eating schedule. I also have 1 ghost shrimp, 1 Malaysian Trumpet, a mystery, a nerite, and a ramshorn snail in with him
     
  2. Demeter

    Demeter Well Known Member Member

    It is hard to tell from the picture but are his scales sticking up?
     
  3. OP
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    VenomousTiger

    VenomousTiger Valued Member Member

    The scales by the area where it is bloated look like they might be sticking up a little. Other then that, I don't really see anything other then that
     
  4. Demeter

    Demeter Well Known Member Member

    If you’ve tried all the fasting already maybe try an epsom salt bath next.
     
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    VenomousTiger

    VenomousTiger Valued Member Member

    It’s dropsy. Bloated belly, and in his hospital today he started pineconing.

    I quickly ran to target and my lfs to pick up a bin and airstone, airpump, heater, and meds. I set up a hospital bin. Right now I am doing epsom salt and planning on daily water changes. If that doesn’t work I will do the meds. They are Maracyn Two.

    Anything else I should do? This is my first fish with dropsy besides when I saw my parents taking care of their tank. I really hope he lives, but if there’s no hope I am willing to euthanize.