Should I Euthanize My Betta Who Has Dropsy

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MasonL14

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Hello, I would like all of your opinions on whether or not euthanizing my Betta would be the right choice, or if he still has hope.

Check my 2 recent posts for 2 separate update threads that sort of show the progression of his sickness.

Here is a picture from today.

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His left side Gill is now bloated and extruding from his already bloated body.

I have clove oil that I would use to euthanize him.

I’ve been treating him with Epsom and Jungle Fungus Clear the past 2 weeks.

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Hello MasonL14, I am so sorry to hear that your fish has dropsy! Dropsy is a very difficult disease to deal with. A few years ago, I adopted some betta with this disease. I understand how awful it is.

What I could think to recommend for you to try that you may not have tried already is adding in some aquarium salt(1 tbsp per gallon) and using a broad-spectrum antibiotic such as Macaryn Two. Antibiotics are what I used for my adopted betta fish and I put them on a 10-day treatment in a quarantine tank to eradicate the disease. It worked well for most of them.

I do know that fish that are stressed or have a weaker immune system are more susceptible to the disease. Keeping your fish on a high-quality, variety diet and maintaining tank cleanliness will limit their chances of getting ill. I would also do a water change just incase, if you haven't already.

I wish you luck and I hope you are able to cure your fish!
 

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Usually if caught early enough it can be solved, but this is very late. The survival rate is probably down to like maybe 10 out of 100...
 
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Theblitchwitch said:
Hello MasonL14, I am so sorry to hear that your fish has dropsy! Dropsy is a very difficult disease to deal with. A few years ago, I adopted some betta with this disease. I understand how awful it is.

What I could think to recommend for you to try that you may not have tried already is adding in some aquarium salt(1 tbsp per gallon) and using a broad-spectrum antibiotic such as Macaryn Two. Antibiotics are what I used for my adopted betta fish and I put them on a 10-day treatment in a quarantine tank to eradicate the disease. It worked well for most of them.

I do know that fish that are stressed or have a weaker immune system are more susceptible to the disease. Keeping your fish on a high-quality, variety diet and maintaining tank cleanliness will limit their chances of getting ill. I would also do a water change just incase, if you haven't already.

I wish you luck and I hope you are able to cure your fish!
Aquarium salt, not epsom salt?
 

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Epsom salt is the one that will help with dropsy. Aquarium salt in this case is absolutely not recommended.
 
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