What size is your tank? 6 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 75°F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
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? 2 ghost shrimp, 1 Pinocchio shrimp, 2 golden mystery snails (introduced after sickness), 1 sucker fish
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Flakes & pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once daily
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 3/4 of tank
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Leaving water out for 3-5 days, covered. No chemicals.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Have not, smells earthy, no ammonia, other tank mates are fine (one ghost shrimp carrying eggs)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Very bloated, beginning to lose colour in body. No signs of fin rot. No pineconing
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Very lethargic, sitting at bottom of tank or draped in plants, gill breathing
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Bloating started two weeks ago, lethargy started 6 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Tried feeding peas to alleviate possible constipation
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 6-7 months
****normally our beta is an attention whore. He loves attention and constantly swims by the glass when he knows you're looking. He's eaten a bit of the peas we have given him (only when the shrimp are showing interest- he's like a kid who doesn't want the toy until another kid's playing with it). About to quarantine as a next step and treat for bacterial.
The tank he is in is all live plants, no signs of ammonia and other indicator species in the tank are fine.