Immediately after a normal water change on June 10, my male veiltail was bloated and started laying at the bottom of the tank. He is no longer nearly as active as he usually is and doesn't respond to anything. I fasted him for a few days at a time with no apparent results. Last night I moved him into a 1/2 gallon hospital tank with 1/4 tsp of Epsom salt dissolved in it, planning to change the water 100% every day. He's been fasting for the past few days with no signs of poop. Should I continue fasting him and is the Epsom salt dosage correct?
What size is your tank? 5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 82 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? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice a day with a fast on Saturday
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? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Stress Coat
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? no
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His belly is bloated and gray.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He lays at the bottom of the tank, gill breathing and tilted towards a side. He comes up to the surface only for air.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? On June 10, immediately after a water change, he was bloated and laid on the bottom of the tank.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I put him in a 1/2 gallon tank last night with 1/4 tsp dissolved Epsom salt.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? I got him a little over a year and a half ago.