I have had my Betta for about a year now. Two weeks ago he was no longer able to swallow food. He tries and he tries, but can't keep it down. I tried the peas idea for constipation with no result. I've tried adding salt to the water, but I don't see a change. Then I tried a course of Kanaplex, no result. Now I am trying Maracyn Two, but the problem still remains. I've offered him a variety of pellets and a frozen worm treat the fish store lady suggested, but he can't eat. He is still active, though progressively slowing down. I ended up bringing him into the local fish store and was told he looks like he has Septicemia and eye caps/popeye - and that what I was treating him with should fix it.
This past day I tried just soaking the pellets to soften them up, and he was able to keep one down, but no more.
Is there something else I can try? I've run out of ideas.
What size is your tank? 2.5g
What temperature is your tank? 82 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, but not right now because of the Maracyn Two
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? Hikari Betta Bio-Gold
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day
How often do you perform a water change? 1g change twice a week, full tank once a month
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 1g
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? NovaAqua Plus Water Conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I brought the water to a seperate Petco store, and they said it was fine. They didn't give me the numbers though.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Left eye looks larger, I was told he has red streaks in his fins, but he is white so I hardly see them at all.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Can't eat, swimming slower, resting on the ground more.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? ~2 weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Peas, salt, Kanaplex, Maracyn Two
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He has always had rather ragged fins - but they would always grow back in, then other areas would tear, and regrow.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I have had him for a year, got him at Petco.