What size is your tank? 3 gal critter keeper
What temperature is your tank? 79
Does your tank have a filter? yes. azoo palm filter
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? aquean betta pellets but will be switching to nls
How often do you feed your betta fish? 5 pellets a day. I try to space them out by a couple hours
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 10%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API tapwater conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
No, but I did a 100% water change last night
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? maybe bloated stomach
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? lethargic, only moving when being fed. floating on his side. no bubble nests
When did you start noticing the symptoms? the lethargy and no bubble nests have been going on for about a year and the floating on his side started a month ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? when the symptoms first started I treated him with aquarisol, prazi-pro and levimisole and when the floating on his side started I fed him peas and did a epsom salt treatment
Does your fish have any history of being ill? he sometimes got fungus on his fins
How old is your fish (approximately)? i got him from petco a little bit more than a year ago so maybe 1 1/2.
My first year of college I was feeling lonely so I decided to get a betta fish. I got a 10 gal tank and a sponge filter and went to petco to pickup a betta. I ended with a mostly blue some red, crowntail betta that I later named Okeanos.
A couple weeks later, I thought that the 10 gal was really roomy with only 1 fish so I decided to go out and get some guppies. On my way to petco I decided to stop by walmart. Stupidly, I ended up buying fish from Walmart. Shockingly (sarcasm), the fish were sick.
I don't know all the diseases that the fish had but I know that one of the guppies had columnaris bc of the worm sticking out of its butt. I ended up putting the walmart fish out of their misery. But I was hoping that Okeanos ended up ok. He started acting lethargic when I got the fish but wasn't showing any other symptoms so i assumed that he was acting like that because he ddnt like the walmart fish.
I was freaking out. I first tried coppersafe bc I thought it was ick bc one of the fish was scratching itself against the gravel. It didn't help. then i got some aquarisol and that didn't work. When I realized that it was an internal parasite from the worm in the butt of the guppy, i got some prazi-pro. It ddn't do anything. So I did some more research about the worm comming out of the butt and found out it could be columnaris. So I got some levamisole and treated my betta for that. It didn't help. after the 3 day treatment, he didn't poop out any worms so I didn't bother doing another one a 3 weeks later like was supposed to.
I wasn't sure what else I could do so I went online and tried to do more research. I found this website where you pay like 30$ and you can ask a vetinarian about a problem with your pet. I did it. The vetinarian told me that I shouldn't worry, he was probably fine and I should just leave him alone. So I did. None of the lethary went away and I don't think I have seen a bubble nest in awhile but I didn't think anything of it.
So its been about a year since that freak out. about a month ago he started having trouble swimming to the bottom of his tank and started floating on his side like dead fish. I fed him peas and that didn't work so I put him in 4 cup measuring cup and put 1/4 tsp of epsome salt for a few days. It helped. he pooped and stopped floating on his side. So last night I put him back into his tank after 100% water change. Well today, he started floating on his side again. now i'm worried that because he has parasites from the walmart fish, he is getting swim bladders. I don't know what I'm suppose to do. Peas don't work and he can't constantly be in epsom salt water, can he? and none of the medications work. am i making him suffer, by keeping him alive? I don't know what to do!