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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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Can you get a closer pic??
 

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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 )?
 

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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
 
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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.
 

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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.
 
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He does look a bit pinecone-y. He's in a 10 gallon 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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Oh my! He is really bloated and looks like he has minor dropsy... feed him a shelled pea and see how he does.
 

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GrayGray4231 said:
Oh my! He is really bloated and looks like he has minor dropsy... feed him a shelled pea and see how he does.
Dropsy isn't just bloating we already know he's bloated from eating shrimp, so I don't think he has dropsy
 

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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.
 

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Dropsy isn't just bloating we already know he's bloated from eating shrimp, so I don't think he has dropsy
know it is not bloating, pineconing is the same thing as dropsy. I just put dropsy because that is what it is.
 

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GrayGray4231 said:
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know it is not bloating, pineconing is the same thing as dropsy. I just put dropsy because that is what it is.
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
 
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GrayGray4231 said:
Oh my! He is really bloated and looks like he has minor dropsy... feed him a shelled pea and see how he does.
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.
 

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Bettafishies126 said:
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
lol, its ok. Pineconing is just another word for dropsy, and yes it is a disease in itself
 

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

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LowieTheLoach said:
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.
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.
 
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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. ☹
 

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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. ☹
No, no, no. Only strip down the tank if he had a disease like ich or a bacterial infection.
 
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No, no, no. Only strip down the tank if he had a disease like ich or a bacterial infection.
That's a relief. I was looking forward to moving on to planting my big tank.
 

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