Pretty sure my betta has dropsy :(

  1. Lindsey Stallings Member Member

    Hi guys!

    I went on my honeymoon this past week and came home to find my betta with a super swollen stomach. My friend had been staying in the house and was feeding him the same way I do. I don't know what went wrong. There were seven emerald eye rasboras in the same tank - all of them seem to be fine. They were all in a 10 gallon tank. I read online that I should quarantine the betta. So I moved him into my 3 gallon tank that I previously had empty. I used some of the filter materials from the 10 gallon in the 3 gallon hoping that will cycle the 3 gallon. But I'm planning to change the water daily anyway. I also read to dose the tank with aquarium salt. I've done this to both tanks. I also put api general cure into the 3 gallon. Anything else I can do to help him?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. tokiodreamy Well Known Member Member

    Have you tried a shelled pea? He may be constipated.
  3. cheese Member Member

    is the (10 gal) tank cycled? what are the parameters? temp?
    can you get a picture of your betta?

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  4. Lindsey Stallings Member Member

    The 10g's tank parameters are pH: 7.6, Ammonia: 0, Nitrites 0, Nitrates (high): about 40.

    The 10g tank is cycled

    The 10g's temperature is 78.
  5. Lindsey Stallings Member Member

    Thinking about it more, I think it's constipation. The nitrates are really high (they are normally around 10). I think my friend just overfed him. So I gave him an epson salt bath and I'm fasting him for 2-3 days. Any other tips?
  6. tokiodreamy Well Known Member Member

    A shelled pea. It will help his constipation if he has it
  7. cheese Member Member

    yes, I'd do what tokiodreamy said, feed him some shelled pea, and then fast for 2-3 days and see how he looks :)

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