Okay so one of my sorority girls is really severely bloated. I have already tried feeding her part of a pea which she happily ate but the bloating did not go down. I also ntried epsom salt last night which also did not work. I think it is constipation. Since I cuppd her yesterday, she hasn't pooped so I see that as evidence. I tried researching how to cure constipation but so far I have only found that daphnia would work but I have no access to that.
Here is the info:
What size is your tank? 29 gallon.
What temperature is your tank? 78 F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Filter output created a lot of bubbles but other than that no.
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Other girls and some platies mollies.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Tropical Flakes.
How often do you feed your betta fish? I feed once a day everyday except one or two days out of every week depending on how fat they can get. Some of the girls are real piggy so they eat more than others causing me to skip a day.
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? 30-50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Stress Coat, although I will be switching to Prime today as I am running low on StressCoat,
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? She is very bloated around her stomach area, with the sides bulging out. She has trouble swimming although she can get air okay. No pineconed scales.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Trouble swimnming, lays on her side. Really bloated. She used to eat a lot and hog all the food. No poop so far :(
When did you start
noticing the symptoms? About 2-3 days ago when I realized her bloat was not going away, and was not due to overeating.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes, I added dissolved Epsom yesterday along with part of a pea for her to eat; it has helped with another girl before so I thought I would try it.. And I have her cupped.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Nope not at all.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I got her in November when she was pretty small so maybe a year. Not really sure.
I can try to get a picture up, but really all it is, is bloating and trouble swimming, I've been reading up on constipation but I don't know how to promptly treat it.
Thanks in advance.