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MegK 03-18-2008 06:55 AM

what to do
i went on vacation on march break and my brother was watching my tanks. i came home to find my beta has dropsy!!

i took care of her and hopefully she will get better in her QT

but i dont kno how long shes been sick, and i think it was because of the water, my brother didnt turn off the light and there was a major algea bloom

after cleaning the tank, what should i go to prevent the loaches from getting sick too? since she mightve been sick for awhile even tho my brother said she didnt look abnormal before

bettababy 03-19-2008 05:24 AM

Leaving the light on and algae blooms don't cause dropsy. How do you know its dropsy? What are the symptoms? How big is the tank? What kind of loaches?
Dropsy is only contageous if the other fish eat the organs of the infected fish.

The more details you can give us, and pictures if possible.. the faster we can help.

MegK 03-20-2008 06:42 AM

i just had a feeling that all the algea caused the water to be lesser quality

she has the lifted scales and her body shape is identical to how dropsy looks.

shes acting fine its just her physical appearance

the tank is ten gallons with young kuhli loaches

i kno for sure its dropsy and ive cleaned up my tank (all sand was covered with a blanket of green)

and im taking care of her. im just glad it wont spread to my loaches, but shes QT anyway

edit: i put her in a container of the tank water before i cleaned the tank, and the water tested fine.. so maybe now im thinking it wasnt a quality issue

bettababy 03-20-2008 04:46 PM

Dropsy is caused by a bacterial infection. By the time it gets to a stage where we can see the raised scales there isn't usually much that can be done for the fish. Dirty water can cause the bacterial infection, but it doesn't in itself cause the dropsy.

Bettas are one of the fishes most prone to dropsy. I would suggest treating the QT tank with Kanacyn. Follow the directions on the labeling for dosage.
This should help to treat the bacterial infection, but there is a good chance that internal damage has already been, enough that it can't be treated.

If it's any help, my daughter adopted a betta who had a severe case of dropsy and pop eye in both eyes, and with clean water, good food, and steady temp of 80, that fish lived another 2 yrs. Everyone else had given up on that fish. A customer brought it in and left it on our counter. My boss was going to euthenize it, so I offered to take it home to my daughter instead. We decided not to use meds because the problems were so severe. Our idea was to make it as comfortable and happy as possible until it died. The fish was already at least 1 - 2 yrs old.

Best of luck to you!

MegK 03-31-2008 06:11 AM

well, she died :( but i ikept her in a warm tank and tried to make her as comfortable as possible. i was heart broken, ive never seen a betta her colour or as pretty as her.

and a loach died on me too.. but my water tested fine, nitrate maybe a decimal high before cleaning but thats it.

he didnt have dropsy tho.. his body was just stiff in the sand :S

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