Perhaps more prevalent in bettas than we're led to believe? After hours of searching and reading, I finally sat down and read this post (from another site) in its entirety: "Mystery Bloat" Demystified? - UltimateBettas
How many threads are started in here about a "swollen" or "bloated" betta and the asker told to fast their fish to no avail? What can I do to help identify the specific conditions for Myco in bettas, aside from offering my own pictures of my poor bloated fish? I fear it's too late to start GelTek's Ampicillin medicated food, as my fish seems so happy, despite the enormous marble-sized lump on his belly; I'd hate to destroy what's left of his kidneys. But if there's anything I can do help not just my bloated betta, but others as well, I'm willing to do it. When we get to that point, perhaps a necropsy will be beneficial.
Pictures, tank information, water levels, etc. for my specific fish can be found in this thread: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...en-sign-68050/
What's the point of this post? Here is a serious issue that has been going on for YEARS with essentially, no resolution. Fish are suffering for it, not just from being bloated and possibly infected by bacteria, but from the stress we're putting them through, though well-intentioned, to try and treat something we don't understand.
Any thoughts? Has this been discussed before? Are we still convinced that EVERYONE with a bloated betta is overfeeding it processed foods?