Does My Betta Have Dropsy?

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by crashdiamond, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. crashdiamond

    crashdiamond New Member Member

    Hello all, my betta fish seems to be wedging himself under or in anything he can find. He’s not interested in food, and is not very active.

    I’ve just put some aquarium salt in his tank for the first time and he seemed to perk up, not sure if it’s coincidental.

    The medications I have on hand right now are Methylene blue, kanaplex, melafix, and bettafix. Will any of these help? Thanks.

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  2. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    Yes, he does. He's pineconing, which is a stage they go through with dropsy.
    I would be doing salt baths daily, just a for ten minutes each.

    I believe that Maracyn or Neomycin helps combat dropsy.
  3. OP

    crashdiamond New Member Member

    I’ve never had a fish that had dropsy and this is my first betta. I have no clue what I’m doing! Should salt baths be in a separate container I’m assuming?
  4. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    Yes, a separate container.
  5. OP

    crashdiamond New Member Member

    Ok he’s currently in a 1 gallon container with a tablespoon of salt. How long should I do this? And are there any other tips I should know?
  6. Iverg1

    Iverg1 Well Known Member Member

    Do salt baths for only 10 minutes any more it will harm him :(
  7. OP

    crashdiamond New Member Member

    Ok! And every day for how long? Til he gets better?
  8. Rtessy

    Rtessy Fishlore VIP Member

    Try Epsom salt baths, not aquarium salt. Also, I think kanapelx can be helpful as well, I've had a little luck. My goldfish got mild dropsy and I've been doing 50% water changes daily with 1-2 Epsom salt baths daily as well as dosing kanaplex and adding Epsom salt at 1tbsp per 5 gallons into the main tank.
    Here's the link to the info I was given
    Dropsy Treatment

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