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Oscar, my two year old betta was treated for tail rot about three months ago and again about a month later. Since being treated I started to notice that he didn't look right. He developed a lump on one side, his top fin lies to the side and his body is now curved. According to the pet store I bought him from he has scoliosis. I've talked to so many different employees and given so much different advice, I don't know what to do. One employee told me he could live happily another year or two with this condition, another told me he'll only last a month or two. His home is a 3 gallon bowl with a heater he likes to lie against and plant leaves he rests on. I've been told to keep his temperature around 74 degrees and by a different employee to keep it around 80 degrees. I do a complete water change once a week and add about a tsp of aquarium salt and tap water conditioner. His condition seems to change day by day. Today he seems worse. He hasn't eaten, if he moves off a resting leaf he sinks to the bottom and lies there on his side until he seems to get the strength to swim to the top of the bowl. I've removed water and lowered his heater so he's closer to the top when he need air. At times he seems to be struggling to breath or panting through his mouth. It's heartbreaking to watch him go through this, I'm doing what I can to make him comfortable. The pet store has a "matter of fact, he's going to die" attitude. Can you please give me any advice or is there anything more I can do for him? I would appreciate anything you can tell me.
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