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betta with swim bladder issue & possible pineconing

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Hi, I'm definately in need of guidance please. I found a betta a big chain store that appears to have swim bladder issues (floating & on his side at the top of the cup) but I also see the scales sticking out by the swim bladder when he goes from a normal swimming position to floating back to the top then turns on his side. I am wondering if it is possible dropsy or if the scales stick out just because he gets into a certain position. From what I could tell, the scales didn't stick out when he was in the normal position but he wasn't in a normal position for very long. I feel sorry for him and would like to get him, understanding the swim bladder issue needs but if he has dropsy or the start of, I will not get him as I've never had positive results with dropsy treatment. Also, he would have to come home with me by airplane cargo because I'm out of town. Would that be harmful to him? Thank you for any help :)

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Don't purchase him. Start out with healthy stock for the best results, and it's likely he has a massive bacterial infection displacing his swim bladder *and* causing the dropsy and is likely not long for the world.

Find a fish with energy, good color and responsiveness, and no signs of illness. It's tempting to rescue sick fish but this isn't a small case of fin rot - dropsy signifies organ damage and even when it can be recovered from, the lifespan of the animal is usually much reduced and recurrences of symptoms are likely.

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Thank you. I just want to double check that because the scales were technically sticking out that it is probably dropsy and not just a positional thing. I can handle sbd but not dropsy.

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Good luck finding another betta you love who is healthier - it can take some time but there are lots of lovely fish out there :)

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