02-08-2008, 03:54 AM
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Yes, i began to diagnose him as being constipated because he began bloating very badly. He looked like he was filled with helium and would just bobble around. I tried the epsom salt and it seemed to be helping a little but not much. Apparently it wasn't constipation though... he began "pineconing" and i realized it was dropsy :(.
I did what i could for him... lowered the water level, water changes everyday, increased temperature a couple degrees, epsom salt, etc. but nothing could quite heal him. He died about a week ago.
On a side note, some factors of the move might very well have played a role in him developing dropsy:
-move was stressful
-since i didnt have spring water and needed to establish his tank, i used tap water (with conditioning drops of course). my girlfriend has been using spring water for the past year so the water transition might not have went well for him
-his lack of eating caused a build-up of food at the bottom. i did not realize this would rot and only changed his water ever 10 days or so (my girlfriend did so less often).
-and finally, the fish looked somewhat sick when i got him. he might have already been developing something prior to me taking him.
I just thought I'd mention the above for any other betta owners so they can prevent this from happening to their fish.
Thank you all for your help though. I really appreciate it.