Just added the epsom salt... he's not horribly pineconed but definitely is. He's also looking chubby so I know it's dropsy Lowered the water level to where he can rest on his driftwood in his plants, and raised the temp.
To be honest if I had access to clove oil (I looked for some locally to have on hand and couldn't find any) I would think about euthanizeing if he doesn't improve in a day or two. He does not look comfortable at all
He did eat some garlic soaked Atison's though, so his appetite is up. I'll give him a pea tomorrow in garlic and then fast him, hopefully it will help the bloating.
Honestly, try every meal soaked in garlic. It helped Mars and he got dropsy in May time and only passed in September. He pineconed for only 1 day and built champion bubblenests up to 3 days before he died.
It's worth a shot, but he only got smaller after I started feeding garlicky food every time and loads of bloodworms and protein-filled food (I spoiled him once I realised he had dropsy).
Try it, only when they stop eating is is really bad. He'll let you know, trust me. When Mars told me it was time, he was gone within 24 hours, but had held on strongly for months and months and only refused food the morning of his last day.