I don't think I've ever had a greater experience in fate than last night. I ran into Petco literally 2 minutes before closing last night, and out of probably 40 cups, picked one on the bottom shelf without even looking at the fish inside first, and fell in love. Despite his muted color palate, which made me a little hesitant at first, I'd never seen a betta have so much personality inside those sad little cups before. I didn't even bother looking at the others because I just knew they wouldn't even compare. He had a name before he got home: Stonewall Jackson. I'm considerably more attached to him than other fish I've owned, which sounds ridiculous because it hasn't even been 24 hours yet, but please help him get better!
Not knowing the last time he'd been fed, I gave him one pellet last night about 9:30pm before putting him into his tank. This morning around 11, which is normal feeding time, I gave him two more pellets and sat down to watch him, at which point I noticed him experiencing very classic signs of a mild Swim Bladder Disorder. He's still very curious and active, and still attempts to swim around the tank, but as soon as he stops to rest he floats automatically to the top, sometimes upright and sometimes floating on his side. He has only minor swelling.
When I got to thinking, his predecessor Petrelli had the same issue. Both were double tails, which I have read have a greater chance of SBD because of their shorter bodies. Which led me to wonder if I'm overfeeding? Petrelli was slightly bigger than Stonewall Jackson and received 3 pellets a day. However Petrelli was difficult to fast, as his SBD never improved and he seemed to tail bite as a direct result of not being fed. Is tail biting typical during fasting? Also, is fasting still the treatment of choice for SBD? What else should I be doing?
I have yet to figure out how to post pictures directly to a thread, yet I have uploaded pictures to my profile albums. He has his own designated album, the picture labeled "photo 3" is from today, others are from yesterday. Also, I'd be interested to know more specifically what type of betta he is beyond the obvious "double tail"
What size is your tank? I have an Aqueon "Evolve" 2 gallon tank
What temperature is your tank? My tank is not heated. Room temperature? My apartment is kept around 70 to 72 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, however the filter is not on because the current is too strong. I'm working on finding tubing to fix this, as well as plants to better block the vents.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? New Life Spectrum Betta Formula Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 Pellets once a day
How often do you perform a water change? One 30% change once a week and one 100% change once a week
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Topfin Betta Water Conditioner and API Bettafix
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Minor abdominal swelling
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Swims slightly less
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Fasting
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Unknown
Thank you for all your help!