I'm not posting this in the Betta fish diseases and emergencies because it isn't an emergency.
Bettaslave will know the answers to these questions best probably since she reccomended the treatment I'm doing.
Okay so I justrecently found out Velvet has internal parasites after he spent 2 weeks with SBD (I think it's been 2 weeks...) And Bettaslave reccomended I soak his pellets in garlic juice, and in a couple of months he'll be good again.
I really don't like this SBD though. I've been treating Velvet for 4 or 5 days now (Today's fasting day) And his SBD is still being kinda a problem. It's caused from the worms "blocking" him up and making his stomach swell.. then ta-da! SBD. Well, his swelling stomach has gone down, I'm guessing it's from the garlic pellets, and he's finally doing a bit better. He can travel all over the tank now and doesn't tip over onto his side!
But he's definatly off balanced. His body is always vertical, either his head or his tail is facing the surface. He's also acting a bit lethargic, too. How long until his SBD goes away? I know that the parasites will most likely take 2-3 months.
And also, do you think it could have something to do with espom salt or plants? I ended his espom salt treatment recently and last night I took out his anarchis and java ferns (They were all starting to rot) Then he magically is better the next day. I'm ordering all my plants from online now since the plants are kept with fish at my LFS which could transfer diseases if I don't wash them well enough... Maybe I brought the parasites to Velvet in his plants 0.0
And I'm worried about another thing. His stress levels. Now whenever I do a water change he'll have stress stripes for over an hour afterwards, and if I put light near his tank he'll get stress stripes, and if I move the thing that holds his food, which creates a slight vibration in the desk his tank is on, he gets stress stripes... see what I mean? He never used to get stress stripes like this!