Ok so I have had my betta for almost 3 months now and I refuse to give up on him.
He was cold, so I got him a larger tank and heater
He had some fin damage so I got some aquarium salt and it was healed
He had velvet, which is now gone
Now he's bulging.
He's not pinecoining, knock on wood, but he is having trouble staying properly (he seems to float to one side).
His belly is also whiteish where it was dark red before. I think he might have a bacterial infection but IDK.
His symptoms remind me of my last betta who had a swim bladder issue. I seriously hope i can get this fixed soon. Will post pictures in a little while, as soon as my phone is charged enough (my only camera).
I do twice weekly water changes with stresscoat (25-50% changes) depending on the way the water looks. I also adjust the salt as needed (because I actually take the water out, not just evaporated.)
I have a feeling that the recent hard velvet treatment stressed him out a lot. I am planning to cut back a bit on the food (feeding 1-2 pieces instead of 3 fed once a day) and doing water changes every other day, probably just 20% no more added salt (maybe a little to keep it there but IDK)
If anyone can give me some advice? I've been through quite the journey with this little guy and I'd hate to see him pass on before his time, though I have a feeling he is older as he was the biggest fish in the store when I got him (and the best looking)