My female Veiltail betta, Medea, is about ten months. She's always been very energetic, (in contrast to my other betta, Dorian). Yesterday, I noticed her struggling to swim when she was coming up for air; head pointed to the surface...she was practically doing laps around her bowl to remain level. She was also using her plant (plastic) as a sling to remain upright. At one point, I saw her wedge herself in the plant again, kind of braced against the glass and saw her shudder. It was rather heartwrenching.
So I did some research, yes, she does have Swim-Bladder Syndrome and I haven't seen a bowl movement. I've changed her water (and lowered the water level significantly, so that it's easier for her to get air. I've given her two epsom-salt baths, which lasted about fifteen-twenty minutes each. I have no peas, so I tried a bit of lima bean and I guess I'll see how that works.
But right now she sits at the bottom of her bowl, lethargic, looking very unhappy and unnable to swim. I know stuff like this takes time, and I know the majority of it's my fault, seeing that I, more than likely overfed her. I also have a very busy schedule, but that's no excuse. I hate seeing her in pain, and I'm probably thinking its worse than it already is. Am I doing the right thing, though?