Ok, so I've had my fish for less than a week. He's in a smaller tank while my 6.6 is cycling, but its not overly small. What I'm seeing looks to be like a little bit of bloat, and color change - I would have gotten a better picture, but he doesn't like my camera. I have no idea what it is, or if its normal. If its not normal, I wouldn't know what to do with it. He seems to be acting normal (or normal enough since I scared him really bad on accident the other day and he hit the edge of the tank pretty hard). I've wanted this fish since I decided to get a Betta weeks ago, and I was amazingly lucky to find him the day I went in to get my tank. He's so close to being the perfect fish for me, that I'm desperate not to let him get sick.
What size is your tank? 3 gallons
What temperature is your tank? pretty consistent 78, but occasionally dips down to 76 (heater is a bit slow to bring it up), and without AC it can get up to 82.
Does your tank have a filter? No
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? New Life Spectrum
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day: 3-4 at dawn and dusk. Occasionally I'll give him one at lunch time
How often do you perform a water change? Every other day (or when Nitrogen levels get high)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? StressCoat, and AQ salt (didn't add salt it this last time as he seemed healthy)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Nitrite: 5 (no idea how it got this high. Changed water immediately)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He seems a little bloated around the gut, and the scales there are golden in color
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? I scared him really bad, and he rammed into the side of the tank. Since then, he's been rather scared of me. Yesterday he was fine and active. Today he seemed to be sleeping a lot. But any time he was awake, he'd be darting around like normal.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This morning (6/5/12)
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Just added a small dose of AQ salt after changing his water this evening
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I just got it, so... no?
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had him for less than a week, and he was from a brand new shipment when I picked him up from Petco.
Just for reference, I last changed his tank 2 days ago (Sunday 6/2/12) and only added Stresscoat. I've got a video that I took while I was cleaning his tank, just to show how he's been acting. He flares at the camera often (I don't think he likes the bright blue) and he tends to freak out if my hands move too fast by him, like when I was turning off the video at the end. The video is fuzzy, forewarning