Hi everyone. I am new to this forum and am so grateful that there are others out there that love their bettas as much as I love mine.
My little guy Rico is having some health issues and I hope someone here can help. I have had him for 8 months, he lives in a 2.5 gallon tank and I do partial water changes every 3 days and a full change 1x a week. He eats flakes and freeze dried bloodworms.
The day after Thanksgiving Rico started showing some bloating in his lower belly and had stopped eating, (which is very rare for him). I immediately called the pet store and they told me he might have constipation since I did give him a bit extra during Thanksgiving. They suggested I give him some Life Guard medication and some pea. I did a partial water change with the meds and attempted to give him some pea, but he would not even look at it. After 2 days his bloating got worse. I contacted the store again and they said that it might be parasites or even a tumor (they ruled out Dropsy because he is not piney throughout his body). They told me to add a little bit of aquarium water to his tank and to add some API General Cure to his tank.
I did an partial water change and added all these things and now he is moving around very slowly and is breathing a little more than usual. He is not interested in anything, although he did flare up at me yesterday when I approached his tank in the dark. He does go up for air quite often, and bends his back more than usual when he does this.
I really love this little guy and want to do everything possible to heal him or at least make his final days on earth as comfortable as possible. Any suggestions on what he may have and how I can treat it? I have included a picture of him so you can see his ailment.