Any advice is greatly appreciated!
What size is your tank? 5.5G
What temperature is your tank? 80°
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
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?
Aqueon Betta Food Pellets and 2 tiny pieces of Omega One Freeze Dried Bloodworms once a week.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
3 pellets 2x daily
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
100% and 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Prime and Top Fin Bacterial Supplement
I was also adding a no-brand "Stress Coat" from WalMart. He recently recovered from Fin Rot and I read that this helps support their slime coat but I stopped because, I started using this and now he's sick.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
pH: 7.4/7.6 using pH and High pH API Master Kit
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
He has two bumps behind his pectoral fins under the scales which are not raised. They are not aligned when looking from the top and the one on his right side is slightly larger than the left and more forward.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He floats like he has swim bladder only when he is resting and changes his resting spots often on the bottom of the tank, on plants, on decor, sometimes wedges himself in the leaves. They are silk plants by the way. When he swims for air or around the tank he swims normal, not sideways or anything but he seems to be swimming harder. He doesn't flow like he used to but his fins do this jiggle thing. He was pooping a normal color just not often but the last time he pooped about 24 hours ago it looked like a white cloud but not stringy to my eyes. I haven't seen him itch on things but he does scoot on his belly sometimes. I'm not sure if he was shedding his slime coat or if it was the gunk coming off the filter baffle because it looked the same. However, he is still very active (when he knows I'm watching him), he can reach the top for air as well as before I reduced the water level, and follows my finger. He eats normal but I only give him 2 pellets every other day now.
When he goes to the bottom he doesn't nose dive but he swims to the bottom and lays flat or against things and sometimes points directly up.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
About 2 weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Removed gravel and his cave, 50% water changes every other day, fasted, tried a pea, epsom salt baths but nothing at the moment except for a reduced water level.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Fin Rot few weeks prior to this occurrence which was cured and has new fins, granted they're not the same as they were.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Purchased from LPS in May this year.