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PostSubject: Bloaty betta   Tue May 13, 2014 3:04 pm

My lovely red betta, Rufus, has come down with a righteous case of bloat/dropsy. I'm not sure of the actual ailment, but he's been like this for nearly 3 weeks. He looks like a fancy goldfish, with the extremely bloated and pinecone appearance to his belly - quite disfigured! I'll try to get a pic - the ones I've taken are not coming out to show him properly.

I have tried peas and daphnia, neither of which he's very interested in (the daphnia was more to his liking). I use blanched, skinned and split/mushed peas for my goldfish from time to time to keep them "regular," lol and was hoping this would clear his system.

I have been doing small PWCs every couple of days, and have cut back to every other day feeding, though he goes 2 or 3 days sometimes, depending on my work schedule.

The tank is heated to 78F and is 5 gals, planted with crypts and anubias, and filtered with a Penguin mini. The tank normally gets 50% PWC weekly, so the water conditions are quite stable, and he's been in this tank almost 3 years with never a bit of trouble.

His behavior is essentially normal, and he is very eager to eat, begging me for food as soon as I get to work and walk in the room. He's not hiding, not acting lethargic or anything.

Wah!  Crying or Very sad 

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PostSubject: Re: Bloaty betta   Tue May 13, 2014 5:33 pm

Sounds like his kidney is failing, either from age or infection (or age-related infection); I doubt it has anything to do with constipation. 3 yrs is about normal for B.splendens. He may not recover, but he could live quite a while this way as long as you can keep him eating. Since it's now mosquito season you can treat him well in his (possibly) final months.
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PostSubject: Re: Bloaty betta   Tue May 13, 2014 6:31 pm

Thanks, Gerald.

I have never had a fish carry on this long in this condition, so I figured it might not be anything I can fix. He does seem rather perky, considering what he looks like! He doesn't have the appearance of a fish with infection, in other words.

He's been a good office buddy! Great idea about the mosquito larvae - I can definitely fix him up.

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