Ok, Earlier this week I noticed my year and a half old beta had one side of her belly bloated. I figured I may have just accidently fed her too much, and treated her for it by laying off the food for a couple of days, and feeding her a blanched pea on the third day. Unfortunately, this didn't seem to help. Two days have passed, and now both sides have bloated and she is very pale. The bloat is actually somewhat sever, she's almost twice her normal size. She's laying on the bottom all the time, which is very unusual for her. Anybody have any ideas?
I've got the help form thingy filled out below. If anyone has ideas, I'd be very grateful. Jenny has been my only pet for a while, and I've become rather attached to her...
What size is your tank? 14gal
What temperature is your tank? 81F
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? Some plants, no other fish
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Flakes when I'm lazy, otherwise a frozen variety of foods, peas, and the occasional avocado.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day
How often do you perform a water change? Once every two to three weeks.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime water conditioner.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Yes, using little strips. Don't have exact numbers, but I'll do as good as I can from memory.
Nitrite: no testing strips
Nitrate: no testing strips
pH: about neutral
Hardness: A little high
Alkalinity: no testing strips
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? See above
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? See above
When did you start noticing the symptoms? See above
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I tried the pea for bloat, but no luck
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Had popeye once, she recovered just fine
How old is your fish (approximately)? Year and a half.