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9112 04-07-2008 04:27 PM

My Betta died what now?
Hi all, My Betta Charlie recently died, I am certain the cause is dropsy, I have a 10 gallon tank and everything tests out ok for water conditions. So I guess my question is do I empty the tank clean everything and replace the filter? Or do I just leave the Tank as is and retest my water conditions to be sure, and purchase another Betta, as to not ruin the cycled tank? I just wanna provide the least stress and best environment for the new inhabitant. Also there are no other fish in the aquarium. Any help with this would be wonderful, and muchly appreciated! Thank You

bettababy 04-07-2008 04:32 PM

The only way dropsy would be contageous to another fish is if the new fish eats the organs of the infected fish.
Give the tank a few days and then if all is good, go ahead and add a new fish. You should be safe.

How are you sure it was dropsy?

9112 04-07-2008 04:42 PM

I researched how he looked as much as I could, and found from most sources it seemed like dropsy. He had severe swelling to the point his scales were sticking out, as people call it "pineconing". He would just lay on his side on the bottom, struggled to swim to the top for air then dropped quickly back to the bottom. It seemed an awful lot like the symptoms described for dropsy which brought me to that conclusion. It was terrible it took only a couple days. Thank you for your quick answer and if my diagnosis was incorrect just let me know, Have a good day:)

bettababy 04-07-2008 05:53 PM

The pineconing is the thing that gives it away as dropsy, but dropsy doesn't typically kill within a few days unless there are other issues with it.

My daughter took in a betta with dropsy and popeye in both eyes, it lived for 3 yrs after I gave it to her.

Considering it is 1 fish going into a 10 gallon tank, if it were mine under those circumstances, I would remove gravel and plants and add 1/2 cup of bleach to the water and let it run with the filter and heater in tact for 3 - 5 days. Then, empty it out, rinse everything, let it all air dry for 72 hrs, then rinse again until all odor of bleach is gone. Replace gravel and filter media before starting it over.

Cycling the tank before adding a betta isn't usually needed. If you are doing water changes at least once/wk, running a filter with carbon and other media in it, and not overfeeding, there is no reason a new betta can't go in right away once the tank is started again. Yes, it will cycle again, but it shouldn't be harsh enough to cause problems. Bettas are pretty sturdy fish when healthy, so be careful when choosing another fish.

If you need more help, let us know.

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