My Betta has dropsy


Hi guys, I've noticed an issue with my betta on 4/22/20 he had a lump on his left side kind of near his kidney area and a little bloating under his right side near his stomach. After noticing this, I stopped feeding him for 2 days and I added aquarium salt to the tank. Now it is 4/25 and he's not eating still staying at the bottom in one corner of the tank. I performed a full water change and added the aquarium salt and started him on bettafix. He started moving a little more and eating. His lumps having gone down though kind of looks like they've gotten a little bigger. I continued this for a few days and he seemed okay still eating but still staying and the bottom of the tank and comes up occasionally for oxygen. 4/29 I noticed hard water or floating white salt deposits floating on top of the water so I performed a full water change and added the aquarium salt and continued with the betta fix. The next day however, I noticed pine coning and he's gotta bigger. Now i'm worried because maybe that water change wasn't the best idea. However, even though he's gotten bigger he's still eating so I still want to try and help him.

On 5/3 I removed the aquarium salt from his tank because I read online that it may make dropsy worse. I also gave him an epsom bath for 15 minutes and I started using water conditioner since I removed the aquarium salt. I'm still using betta fix and he is still eating. however, his swelling hasn't gone down, whenever he swim up for oxygen he kid of bounces when he lands back down. He's scales are still pine coning and he looks pretty pale. Now, I'm wondering if I should add a small dose epsom salt to his fish tank and continue with the betta fix? or just do epsom baths for 15 minutes every other day? I really want to help him as he's still eating and hasn't gave up on me. If anyone has any ideas or experience, I would greatly appreciate it.


Don't use betta fix. Bettafix will only make things worse. Bettafix and really any medication with -fix in it will only damage your betta's labyrinth organ. Sadly, I'm not sure if there is anything else you can do. It would really help if you filled this out:

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