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tmz 07-19-2008 11:03 AM

Drospy!! HELP!!!
 
My friend's fish, scott farcus, has drospy!! it's had it for a while now, at least a week, because at first we thought it was just constipated. but now it is blatently drospy. how can we cure it? =(

dramaqueen 07-19-2008 11:14 AM

If your friend's betta has an abnormally bloated belly and his scales are raised (looks like an open pinecone) then it's dropsy. According to info I got from Bettatalk.com, there is no cure.All you can do is keep the water clean and keep him away from other bettas.

Meatpuppet 07-19-2008 11:25 AM

his scales may not be raised bcuz he's got none.
some epsium salt may help to but not sure how much to put in ill look into it though[/img]

Little-Fizz 07-19-2008 11:37 AM

The *cure* for dropsy is 1/4 teaspoon of epsoms salt per gallon of water.

I say *cure* because although you can help the fish expel the extra fluids its taking in, you can't really cure dropsy and the fish is likely to have more health issues later on in life. But for right now you can save him.

Meat puppet... Bettas don't have scales? Are you sure about that?

tmz 07-19-2008 11:52 AM

the scales just recently became raised.

yeah i was just on bettatalk... :(

he added some epsom salt earlier and raised the water tempurature.
we were considering getting some fish penicilin. would that do anything?
i also have some hikari betta revive we were considering using.

Kim 07-19-2008 11:52 AM

Bettas do have scales. I would try the epsom salts, heck if it's no chance or a slim chance I'd go with the slim chance.

Little-Fizz 07-19-2008 11:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tmz
the scales just recently became raised.

yeah i was just on bettatalk... :(

he added some epsom salt earlier and raised the water tempurature.
we were considering getting some fish penicilin. would that do anything?
i also have some hikari betta revive we were considering using.

You have to add the right amount of epsoms salt, you can't just dump some in and hope it works. And I don't know why your raising the temperature? I'm pretty sure thats just putting more stress on the fish then he needs. Whats the temperature now? Slowly put it back to normal.

Fish Penicillin?? Whyyyy??????????????? It's dropsy, the fish is taking in fluids at a much fast rate then he can expel them, he definitely doesn't need Penicillin!!!!!!!!!!

tmz 07-19-2008 12:02 PM

idunno. he must have read somewhere to increase the tempurature.

dropsy's not an bacterial infection?
idunno why i thought it was.

Little-Fizz 07-19-2008 12:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tmz
dropsy's not an bacterial infection?
idunno why i thought it was.

It can be caused by pathogens, but it can be caused by just about anything. And the epsoms salt is all you need. Like I said, your fish isn't curable but it is possible to make him better... For now.

Example, my fish just a few weeks ago got dropsy and I added the epsoms salts, and hes back to normal. But I don't expect him to live a full life free of diseases.

tmz 07-19-2008 12:25 PM

ooooh...

alright.
thanks for the info. =)


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