My fish has not eaten in 7 days or pooed in a very long time. He has a bloated belly, epsom salt baths (5 treatments) haven't helped, could not find frozen daphnia to feed him, found dry but he won't eat it; tried the pea, wouldn't eat it (but read today that doesn't work for bettas anyway)
Should I continue giving him epsom salt baths? (i used 2 tsp/gallon) Could he possibly have a bacteria infection? I tried to locate the antibiotic Kanaplex but no stores here have it. His scales near his stomach are only slightly sticking out when he's curved only near his belly so not sure if it's Dropsy. If he's just constipated, can I use the epsom salt in his normal water changes instead of doing it twice a day in a hospital cup? I hate moving him in his condition if I don't need to. Also should I try an antibiotic? Add stress coat? Bettafix?
What size is your tank? 1 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 74 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Previous to illness - Twice a day, 3-4 pellets
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week or every other week
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? ? Conditioner and was adding aquarium salt until I read not to last week
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Hardness: Carbonate 180 General 120
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His stomach is bloated.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No poo; struggles to swim upwards; sits all day looking sad
When did you start noticing the symptoms? past 2 months he wasn't eating much at all, went for almost a month with just a piece of food a week, did not see any poo in tank but he swam normally and was building bubble nests. Finally last week he ate 2 pieces a day for three days, I was gone for two days and came back and he was in his current state.
Have you started treating your fish? water change, w/ no aquarium salt; next two days performed two epsom salt baths a day, one the next but had to be gone the weekend came home he's still bloated.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 yr 10 mo