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Beta With PineCone scales?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Illness and Disease' started by 7itanium, May 1, 2009.

  1. 7itanium

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    Just looked into my community tank... I noticed that my female beta is looking a bit sickly.. she was swimming kinda vertically

    upon further investigation.. I noticed that her cheeks are a bit puffy and her scales look like pinecone

    any ideas? what should I do? I dont really have a place to QT her accept for a fishbowl she could live in temporarily

    my QT tanks are FULL of fry... my lab and 2 guppies all dropped fry today
     
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    sounds like it may be the beginning of dropsy
     
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    I would start with shelled peas. She may only be constipated and that would help. Check your water params and post along with tank mates, etc.
     
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    i agree. only case of dropsy i ever had to deal with, knock on wood, started just like that. yet i wasn't successful in saving the fish.

    i'd put her in the bowl and medicate if you think she may have a chance. i don't think the survival rate of dropsy is very good, but i do wish you luck!
     
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    well I have her quarantined in a 10g right now... forgot I had it lying around

    Water params are as follows

    Ammonia- 0
    Nitrite- 0
    Nitrate- 5
    GH- 150
    KH- 180
    PH- 7.8

    She is in a 10g alone right now.. but when she was in the 55g she was with mollies, platies, guppies, cories, a lone tiger barb and some snails
     
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    Also.. I cant get her to eat anything at all-- which is very unusual for this beta as she is a pig

    so I dont think I will benefit from the pea method here... also the swelling seems more in her head/neck than in her abdomen right now
     
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    i'd be betting it's dropsy. same deal with mine, along with the swelling and funny swimming, she totally lost her appetite.

    when yours swims in her 'vertical' position, does she do so in a darting manner some? like swims, then darts, then swims, then darts?
     
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    yes that seems to pretty well describe it... acts like she is sleeping-- then all the sudden will move away quickly and sit in a new spot
     
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    yep, dropsy for sure. i'd be prepared for a loss here, but i have heard of a few cases where the fish got through it, but that may not have been 'true dropsy', the articles stated. keep us posted!
     
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    Not eating is a bad sign. Good luck.
     

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