The fish shows no signs of fungus or anything, as for the scales I can't tell as it is in a back corner that I can't see into. I haven't tested for about a week but I will right now.Eatfishhuntrepeat8 said:Do you see any fungus or film on the fish.? Are his scales popping outwards? When is the last time you tested your water?
How do I feed a pea and make sure he gets it? He won't leave the top.BornThisWayBettas said:Looks like it might be a swim bladder issue. I would try feeding a pea. Best of luck, and I agree with the above poster.
Exactly, this is what I do, or if I'm rushed I put it in the microwave and "crumble them" with out the outside shell. I had to do this for one of bettas often a couple years back.BornThisWayBettas said:I'm not exactly sure how to feed peas, but I did this once with my guppy and I just soaked a frozen pea in a bowl of warm water for a while and then fed it to him. I think I peeled it before feeding. Make sure there's nothing funky in the peas before feeding! Might ask someone else how to feed peas, though, or look it up, as I'm obviously no expert!
If it does turn out to be dropsy, just leave the fish? I see the survival rate is extremely low...Bluestreakfl said:The best way to identify the dropsy scale trait is by looking at the fish from directly above under strong lights, you can see how much the scales are actually pineconing. Another suggestion if its constipation and he won't eat the pea, is an Epsom (not aquarium) Salt dip. When I did this, I took about 1/4 teaspoon of epsom salts dissolved into a cup of tank water, had the fish in a small tupperware container with tank water, gradually added the epsom salt water over 5 mins, let the fish sit for about 20 minutes. This works as a laxative, and is generally safe.
If one got it, should I be concerned that something isn't right in my water? My tests came back pretty good today. I read it isn't contagious, but if one seemingly healthy fish got it, can't more get it?Bluestreakfl said:That's ultimately up to you. Ive only ever dealt with Dropsy once, it had taken one of my guppies. He hung in there for a few days and seemed "ok" , but finally I got home one day and he had just passed. Just provide the cleanest water you can, and like I said if he won't eat the peas try the epsom salt dip and see if maybe hes just really constipated. Losing that guppy was the wakeup call for me to include veggies and plant matter in my fishes diets more often, as well as fasting one or two feedings a week(I normally feed twice daily). I really think it helps not just digestive, but overall health.
I feel bad for my other gouramI I don't know the sexes, but they were besties for sure. Even now that the one is quarantined in the net, the other keeps trying to get to it. Before it was in the net it was always nudging it along trying to get it to move. If it dies idk what I'm gonna do.Bijou88 said:If it does turn out to be dropsy it's not contagious so it's really your choice. I'm sorry your gouramI isn't doing well, that's always hard I've had good luck the one time I had to do an Epsom salt bath and my fish recovered. I just dissolved 2 tsp salt in 1 gallon water and put her in there for about 20 minutes. She was pretty unhappy with me once she was back in her tank but it did help her immensely. Good luck to you, fingers crossed it's not dropsy.
He freaks out if I put my hand near him so I don't think it is an option, garlic? How do I do that?BornThisWayBettas said:Did you try hand feeding? Or using garlic to wet his appetite?
Where do I get epsom salts?Bluestreakfl said:Have you tried the epsom salt dip yet? Its a laxative so if hes blocked up and the pea isn't working, he might need something to ease everything out of his digestive tract.