Bloated Betta

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by LowieTheLoach, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. LowieTheLoachValued MemberMember

    A few days ago my new betta started looking bloated so I decided to fast him before giving him a pea. Now my red cherry shrimp are gone and he's worse. I probably should have seen that coming.

    I'm moving the amano shrimp to my big tank. They should be fine with the dojo loaches, right? I plan on doing more research before just dropping them in.

    The tank has been running for several months so it should be cycled. I'm not seeing any ammonia spikes, but I can't test everything else until my new test kit comes tomorrow. Sadly, it might be too late for this little guy.

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  2. GrayGray4231Well Known MemberMember

    Can you get a closer pic??

  3. jess3434Valued MemberMember

    Are you saying he ate the shrimp? I don't think it is too late, but you should definitely fast him. What size tank is he in? Is it heated? As well, are his scales lifted (pinecone-ing )?

  4. Bettafishies126Valued MemberMember

    If he ate the shrimp then I'm not surprised he's bloated but fasting him from one day to some people say even a week will clear up most cases of bloat, if that doesn't work try giving him a small piece of a pea. Also, he might not be a goner keep your hopes up :) I've seen some fish pull through some pretty crazy stuff on this website
  5. LowieTheLoachValued MemberMember

    He's now hiding behind the filter, but I'll try. Also, please ignore the hard water build up. I'm cleaning that of later today. This weekend was hectic so we just did water changes and a light vacuuming.
  6. PlatyarelifeWell Known MemberMember

    If he ate the shrimp he's gonna be bloated for a bit. Don't feed him anything even a pea. Fast him for a couple days and keep an eye on him, give him some time to poop it all out. Keep an eye on his behavior.
  7. LowieTheLoachValued MemberMember

    He does look a bit pinecone-y. He's in a 10g with a hob filter and a heater. It's usually around 79° or 80°. I can't leave the thermometer all the time because he freaks out at his reflection. I check it a few times a day though.

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  8. GrayGray4231Well Known MemberMember

    Oh my! He is really bloated and looks like he has minor dropsy...:( feed him a shelled pea and see how he does.
  9. Bettafishies126Valued MemberMember

    Dropsy isn't just bloating we already know he's bloated from eating shrimp, so I don't think he has dropsy
  10. PlatyarelifeWell Known MemberMember

    Pine coning is dropsy (most the time. It's the biggest symptom). :( I am so sorry it's a really bad fish illness and is hard to save.
  11. GrayGray4231Well Known MemberMember

    know it is not bloating, pineconing is the same thing as dropsy. I just put dropsy because that is what it is.
  12. Bettafishies126Valued MemberMember

    The word dropsy is so confusing to me cause some places say it's a word to describe pineconing and swelling while other places say dropsy is a real disease in itself, so confusing! Sorry
  13. LowieTheLoachValued MemberMember

    Dropsy? I'll have to look that up, I've only dealt with swim bladder disease. The floating on his side looked similar so I was treating it the same. I'm definitely going to fast him and try a pea in a few days.

    I really hope he pulls through, I'm already attached to the little guy.
  14. GrayGray4231Well Known MemberMember

    lol, its ok. Pineconing is just another word for dropsy, and yes it is a disease in itself
  15. Bettafishies126Valued MemberMember

    If this is from eating the shrimp it is most likely his swim bladder making him float on his side
  16. GrayGray4231Well Known MemberMember

    If it is dropsy, there is no saving him most of the time. I am sorry I had to be the one to break it to you. :( But trust me, we all hope he pulls through.
  17. LowieTheLoachValued MemberMember

    If it is dropsy, will I need to tear down the tank and sterilize the tank? That's going to stink because I'm almost done getting it planted. I've got the last plant coming in on Thursday. ☹️
  18. GrayGray4231Well Known MemberMember

    No, no, no. Only strip down the tank if he had a disease like ich or a bacterial infection.
  19. LowieTheLoachValued MemberMember

    That's a relief. I was looking forward to moving on to planting my big tank.
  20. GrayGray4231Well Known MemberMember

    Haha! Yea, unless he gets a disease like that the tank should be fine.

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