Our betta fish has been having symptoms for a couple of weeks now. About 2 weeks ago, I noticed he was floating up to the top and struggling to stay down. I read about it and assumed he was constipated and was having a swim bladder issue. I fasted him for 3 days and he seemed to be back to normal. Before the incident we had been feeding him 5-6 pellets a day and afterward we cut it back to about 3.
A couple of days ago, I noticed it was happening again. This time, he was floating with his tail up and his nose down, again near the top of the water. I tried to take a photo but he would not keep still and the lighting is not great. You can't tell from the photo but his colors seem normal and are pretty vibrant. He appears to poop about every other day - I don't know if that's normal or not. We have not fed him since yesterday, but I do not know what to do or what the problem may be.
Here is some important info
- We feed him aquaeon betta pellets, 2-3 a day
- He has a heater that is on a timer, so his temp is constantly between 78-80
- 100% water changes two and sometimes three times a week
- I put a bit of tap water conditioner and aquarium salt in his water when I change it - when we bought him he was suffering from fin rot (we didn't know what that was at the time) and salt was recommended for that.
- He seems to poop about every other day but his poops are a little smaller lately than they used to be
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What size is your tank? 1.5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 78-80
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? aquaeon betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day 1-2 pellets each time
How often do you perform a water change? twice weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water conditioner and aquarium salt
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? no
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? floating at top, struggling to stay down
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2 weeks ago, then they improved. again 2 days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? fasting for 2-3 days after symptoms show up
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? we bought him approx 2 months ago, no idea how old he is