So my dad called me ten days ago, saying my betta was really bloated, hadn't eaten in 4 days, and was acting lethargic. He fed him some freeze dried bloodworms, and my mom is really bad about feeding him when he acts hungry, so I just figured he was being overfed and told my dad to fast him. He tried for a few days and there wasn't any change, so he tried epsom salts, peas, and Jungle fungus eliminator. Basil won't touch the pea, but the epsom salts seemed to help a little. No poo, but Basil was acting better. Well, I got home for Thanksgiving on Tuesday, and he was acting like he didn't feel good. He hasn't eaten since I got home and still looks like he swallowed a marble. Then, my dad told me that Basil had started acting sick after he changed the water the last time. When he did that water change, he used our bathtub instead of the kitchen faucet to fill the bucket, there was some sand left in the bucket that must have come from the faucet (we have a well).
Long story short, my dad thinks it may have something to do with the fact that he didn't let the water sit for a day like usual, but I think Basil ate some of the sand. I can't think of anything else that would be causing it. If he ate the sand, is there anything we can do? Otherwise, can you suggest something else we can try to make him feel better?
What size is your tank? 10G
What temperature is your tank? 79-80
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? aqueon pellets, blood worms (once)
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1x a day
How often do you perform a water change? about every two weeks
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? not sure, last time was almost 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? none
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
These are all after the filter has been out for a few days while we're treating with Fungus Eliminator. Also, the pH is high, but it's steady. we couldn't get it lower without it bouncing up and down, so we figured steady and high was better than drastically changing between low and high.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? very bloated. Scales around stomach are white, and stretched a little, but not really pineconing.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? lethargic, hides, won't eat.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about 20 days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? fasting, epsom salts, tried peas, fungus eliminator just in case.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? fin rot, which was healing.
How old is your fish (approximately)? about 1 year.