Over the past week or two, I've noticed that my male betta has been gaining a growth on his belly. I didn't think much of it at first, but it seems to be getting worse, so I am looking for help and advice.
I have moved him about a month ago from this tank
to this one
. Just earlier this week I changed the water and filter in the tank. I have been feeding him this
since I got him in February, 1-3 pellets twice daily. Water is kept at around 80-82F. I changed some of his water every other week and the water goes through a PUR filter before it gets to him.
I have so far stopped feeding him for a day and gave him part of a pea earlier today in hopes that he is bloated. I will try to not feed him for a few days before raising any more alarms.
Pictures can be found here: http://dima.neoturbine.net/fish/
Now answering the questions from the sticky:
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
80-84F, most of the time 82F
Does your tank have a filter?
Yes, bio wheel and charocoal.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
Heater installed but not used unless it gets below 80.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Top FinŽ Color Enhancing Betta Bits (see link above)
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Used to feed twice daily, 1-3 pellets. Stopped a day ago to see if it helps.
How often do you perform a water change?
Old tank: every other week. New tank: only changed it once 3 weeks later.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
Old tank: 1/3. New tank: ended up sucking up about 1/2 while using one of those aquarium hoses for the 1st time to go through gravel.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Water conditioner (some generic one from PetCo), also a sample of API Stress Coat and Stress Zyme.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
He has a bulge on the underside of his belly and it is getting bigger (see pics above).
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Hasn't at all, still hates me, ha.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
1-2 weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
I gave him a pea and stopped feeding for a day so far.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Not that I know of.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Unknown, obtained from pet store.