Help! Diagnosis Needed

squishthefish

Hi, this is my little guy Squish. I’ve had him since October 2019 with little to no health problems along the way. He is in a heated &filtered 5-gallon tank with places to hide and silk plants throughout. About 3 days ago I noticed he may have been starting to show signs of swim bladder disease and/or dropsy. I started treating the water with bettafix (today will be day 3 of treatment) and I fasted him the past 2 days (I did give him a pea yesterday and he ate a little more than half). I have inserted pictures below, as you can see his belly appears bloated on both sides and his scales may be starting to pinecone, although I can’t tell if they’re just sticking out slightly because of the bloat. I know my guy is getting old, but I can’t bear the thought of losing him so I thought I’d reach out for help. Thanks in advance.
 

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aarikat

I lost a betta to swim bladder, around the same age too. It was so sad. You could try an epsom salt bath? 2 tsp per gallon in a separate container. 2 tsp of aquarium salt if you have it too.
 
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squishthefish

Thanks. I’m leaving to go out of town for 2 weeks on Friday and my mom is in charge of looking after him.. I’m so worried I’m going to lose him while I’m gone :(
 
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squishthefish

I did a 50% water change last week and am planning to do another one tomorrow before I leave town. I’ve also turned the heater up to about 80 from 78. I noticed some discoloration near his gills and fin which is where the bloat is located too (see attached photo)
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Here’s a video of him up-close. I may just be paranoid, but is he breathing too fast? Video
 
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squishthefish

Here’s an updated photo of the little guy as of this morning.. The white spot behind his gills appears to be growing/spreading, but his bloating may be going down just the tiniest bit? Any suggestions? I leave to go out of town for 2 weeks early tomorrow morning and want to make sure my mom is prepared with everything to help him while I am gone.
 

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squishthefish

okay everyone.. I am still out of town but was able to facetime my mom to see my little guy. He’s not looking too good. The white has spread to his stomach, face, and gills, and his fins seem to be extremely frail and torn. He completed his first 3 dose treatment of Kanaplex at the end of last week, and that obviously didn’t do much good. I am having her start Bettafix tomorrow. I’m really sad knowing I can’t be there for him right now. My mom says he’s still been eating, though, which is good. I’m just worried there’s not much hope left for my baby.
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SpottedKit329

If you think he's suffering then you can humanely kill Him, poor thing! It's sad that this is something that happens a lot with Bettas, Goldfish, and probably many more. ☹ I hope he will be okay
 
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peachsonas

Sorry to hear this my friend. I hope little guy makes it through, it's good that he's eating. I'd encourage your mom to do some water changes just to make sure his water stays pristine, at least. Maybe some time after you finish the BettaFix treatments you could do some salt baths or get Indian Almond Leaves to help his fins heal back together.
 
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squishthefish

Sorry to hear this my friend. I hope little guy makes it through, it's good that he's eating. I'd encourage your mom to do some water changes just to make sure his water stays pristine, at least. Maybe some time after you finish the BettaFix treatments you could do some salt baths or get Indian Almond Leaves to help his fins heal back together.
She started bettafix last night and also added 1 T. of aquarium salt to his 5 gal. tank yesterday. Hopefully we start seeing some improvement soon. I will be home Friday and am hoping to do a salt bath myself then. My mom does not feel comfortable doing one on her own due to the chance of shock.
 
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squishthefish

Well, I’m home and Squish made it through the 2 weeks I was gone. He’s not looking too good, in fact, he looks worse than a couple days ago. I’m planning on doing an 80% water change and giving him a salt bath tomorrow. Hope that helps.

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peachsonas

Well, I’m home and Squish made it through the 2 weeks I was gone. He’s not looking too good, in fact, he looks worse than a couple days ago. I’m planning on doing an 80% water change and giving him a salt bath tomorrow. Hope that helps.
Good luck! I'm confident with some TLC that Squish will perk up soon.
 
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Andystanks

Looks to be a bad bacteria infection and fin root
What are you water parameters
Ph
Gh
Kh
Ammonia
Nitrite
Nitrate
Phosphate
 
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squishthefish

Hello everyone, I just wanted to inform you all that unfortunately Squish passed away on July 25. I was out of town when my mom called me, devastated. Apparently he had stopped eating a few days prior and became very lethargic and would just sit and the bottom of his tank. She tried her best to help him the best she could, but it was his time to go. I am still pretty upset about it, and feeling guilty I was not at home to say goodbye to him, although I did spend a few minutes with him before I left. Thank you to everyone who gave advice to me through this journey, and until next next time, I’m out <3
 
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