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Matt 02-05-2007 05:26 PM

Is He going to Die?
Earlier today I noticed that my Betta(Male) wasn’t eating and was hanging out at the bottom of the tank. Also I was watching him and he went up to the surface and took a sucked up some air. Then came down and let the bubble out, also he is all puffed up like he’s full of air. None of my previous Bettas ever did this.

Any ideas on what is wrong?

Is he going to die?

Here's some Pictures.

Thanks in advance.

Lupin 02-05-2007 05:28 PM

What are your water parameters? It seems he still has hope to live.:)

musho3210 02-05-2007 05:29 PM

hmm, i think its due to the way the tank is, bettas dont like strong currents or big tanks, i think it is very stressed out since there are so many fish near it. IMO get a separate tank/bowl that is at least 2 gallons for him and him ONLY. No i don't think he will die if you can do this.

Betta's like being a lone and all these other fish near it including a newt can and will stress it out, also what is the temperature of the tank, bettas like temperatures near the 80's while newts like them near the 70's

Does he poop? Are his scales potruding out of his body?

Matt 02-05-2007 06:59 PM

yeah and yeah his scales are poping out....good or bad?
He was Eating Just Fine Yesterday!

musho3210 02-05-2007 07:09 PM

ouch, that is bad if the scales are popping out, we need water params immediatly AND QUARANTINE immediatly to a private bowl 2 gallons or more.

Your betta has dropsy from what i think and sometimes it is a highly contagous disease, im not too sure about cures but i think melafix will help although its not a cure, its a treatment. Dropsy is an internal paracite where the fish creates excess body fluids to flush it out causing bloats. I actually dont think it stands much of a chance since once the scales start poking out, its a bad sign

Lupin 02-05-2007 07:09 PM


Originally Posted by Matt
yeah and yeah his scales are poping out....good or bad?
He was Eating Just Fine Yesterday!

Sounds like a case of dropsy. Is its abdomen swollen? Bettas are getting prone to dropsy judging by how many threads we have about bettas with dropsy.
Try to maintain good water quality as dropsy can be a cause of poor water quality and internal parasites. It is often not known in most cases why dropsy would appear suddenly even if the water parameters seem to verify otherwise.

Matt 02-05-2007 07:30 PM

its not much but its all that I got. and I am putting the airtube that I made
in there as soon as it is complete.

Here he is now.

airtube that I just Made:(single row of bubbles)

Caging: (For Now)

musho3210 02-05-2007 07:39 PM

im sorry to say he has a very little chance of survival, i dont know but maybe you should put him down. And dont get anymore bettas for that tank as it wont work out very well. Of course you could try healing it.

With bettas you need to get the temperature right, at 80 degrees and without a heater that can be hard

joeshmoe 02-05-2007 08:10 PM

c the chances are slim but u can try feeding him unshelled peas to help him (do his duty :lol: )

FDStation152 02-05-2007 09:00 PM

dropsy usually causes severe damage to the internal organs of a fish and thus the low chance of survival. Even if one were to cure the original condition that caused it the bloating is usually a sign of kidney failure and the betta is unlikely to recover. It can be caused by any number of things and just happens from time to time...stress of course being a factor in almost all fish diseases. I've only managed to save one fish from dropsy in the years I've been keeping them and I think it was mostly due to dumb luck rather than any specific treatment regimen. Your best chance is to keep his water extremely clean and hope for the best. Some aquarium salt is probably a good idea too.

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