Sick Betta! Help!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by AtomicMudkip, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. AtomicMudkipValued MemberMember

    Hello all, kind of rushing this because I'm concerned so please excuse any grammatical/spelling mistakes! My betta has been bloated for a week or so now and is eating blood worms after having not eaten anything for a fair few days! Unfortunately, the bloat hasn't cleared even after 2 epsom salt baths. I think I can see slightly raised scales around his stomach and I think it may be dropsy! I don't know what to do as I don't have access to many meds, I have aquarium salt, Epsom salt, ich treatment (industrial grade stuff, high concentration of protozin) and fungus treatment. What can I do for him?! Is it always fatal or could he pull through?!
    Please help,
    ~Mudkipz 1465077431388.jpg

  2. MuskieCatcherValued MemberMember

    Are you able to get a side view? How far back does the bloat go?
  3. AtomicMudkipValued MemberMember

    I'll try and get a side view but he doesn't move much from hiding spaces. The bloat is only on his stomach at the moment.

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  4. MuskieCatcherValued MemberMember

    Tough to tell, but he could still be just blocked up, try fasting for a few moredays. You could also try shelled peas, but if he doesnt pick at them he wont eat them, and just remove them. At least, thats what id try
  5. AtomicMudkipValued MemberMember

    Thabks for your responses, the scales don't seem to be raised anymore but the bloat is still just as bad. I'll try fasting again but he won't touch peas. I'm kind of stuck with what to do. He swims around occasionally hut is normally resting in one place.
    Any suggestions on treatments for bloat aside from peas, Epsom salt baths or fasting?
  6. MuskieCatcherValued MemberMember

    Time is all it took for mine, a vacation feeder over fed him and he got a blockage, but fasting for a few days got him back to normal
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2016
  7. tokiodreamyWell Known MemberMember

    I've heard of blood worms somethimes causing constipation. Haven't seen it myself, but I've seen several people claim it does. Will he eat anything else? Try fasting for another day or two then since he wont eat the pea try flakes or pellets instead?
  8. PringlethesnailWell Known MemberMember

    That looks like swim bladder disease to me.. Look it up and the symptoms. I would still try fasting and the pea but I really do think that's swim bladder.
  9. AtomicMudkipValued MemberMember

    He's not having any problems with floating/buoyancy so I don't think it's swim bladder. I will stop feeding him blood worms I guess but I have nothing else he will eat as he won't touch pellets in this state. Kinda still stuck on what to do apart from fasting

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