My betta's "chest" cavity is super swollen, almost looks like he's engorged himself on a bunch of food or like a female full of eggs, but it has been that way for at least two days now. Could this be dropsy? If so what should I do? I can't take a picture right now or I would post one.
Is he pineconing? From what I've read, that seems to be the main sign of dropsy. the first thing that comes to mind other than dropsy is constipation. I believe the treatment for that is to fast for two days, then feed him a pea? Not sure about that, so I'll let someone else tell you about that. If it is dropsy, I don't think there's much you can do sure hope he get's better . . . . . .
If by pineconing you mean the way his scales bulge out then I would say yeah a little. He doesn't seem to be in any distress though and eats like normal. I'm not sure what to do and I have to go out of town tomorrow until Sunday.
my betta just died on sunday.....his early signs were like what you're describing. I thought it was constipation at first and fasted a day....he got more and more bloated, turned pale and was pineconing a bit. he had major fin damage though, from being put into a tank of balasharks/loaches (not my doing!)
your boy could just be constipated though. so fast for a day or two, then give maybe half a thawed frozen pea (shelled). cut up tiny. i've heard that if they are constipated, they won't eat. dunno if this is the way all the time or not..... hope he's ok!