About a week ago, I noticed that Hrothgar was looking a little bloated and not pooping as often as usual. His belly also looked a little bit gray (although it's hard to tell because of his coloring), so I put him in epsom salt because it sounded like it was early dropsy.
Present day, he hasn't pooped in a couple days as far as I can tell, but he's still eating what I give him. He also still looks a little bloated. I reduced his food because of the bloating, but I hate not feeding him at all. I've been watching for pineconing and haven't seen anything.
Today while I was feeding him, I caught sight of what looked like a cut or wound right above his mouth, but it's really hard to see very well. I'm not sure what could have caused it or if I'm just seeing things. If someone else is more familiar with the particulars of betta anatomy than me, can you look at these pictures and see if you see anything strange about his mouth?
By the way, the brown spot on his head has always been there--it's just part of his coloring.
Besides that, he's looking pale, not pooping, but otherwise acting normally. I've still got him in the epsom salt.
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? normally 79, but around 81 since I thought he might have dropsy.
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? New Life Spectrum Betta formula
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day, 5 or so pellets.
How often do you perform a water change? twice a week
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? API stress coat
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? n/a
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
gray belly (I think)
wound above mouth, maybe?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
no change--very active and responsive
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
mouth today, other symptoms a week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
epsom salt, 2 tsp/gal
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
swim bladder disease, tail biting
How old is your fish (approximately)?