I really need your help!
What size is your tank? 2 gall
What temperature is your tank? 78
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? by himself
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta bio-gold pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1 time/day, about 4-5 pellets
How often do you perform a water change? weekly
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? top fin water conditioner
Have you tested your water? Yes, everything is good
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? swollen
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? bottom, lethargic, and hard time going up for air
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about 2 weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? clean water, lowered water for easy surfacing, gave him peas
Does your fish have any history of being ill? had minor pop-eye about a year ago, cured easily
How old is your fish (approximately)? 2.5 years
A couple of weeks ago, I went to do his weekly water change and he totally FREAKED OUT in the net, and when I was able to get him out of the net and into the small changing bowl, he was completely sideways! After a minute he was right side up, but I knew something was wrong.
After putting him back into his clean tank, I noticed that he was always at the bottom and had a very hard time going up for air - some times he was completely vertical trying to go up, poor thing :(
So I lowered his water level to about 3-4" so he could manage.
I also noticed he was swollen on both sides of his body after his pectoral fins (not hanging low like I've seen others), so I thought it could be constipation and fed him a piece of pea and no pellets for a couple of days. The swelling went down a bit.
It's now 2 weeks later and he is still a little swollen and definately still having difficulty surfacing...
Can someone please help me???
I'm going to get some espum salt now and put him in a 1 gal tank with 1 teaspoon of eps salt....
Is it swim bladder disease? Dropsy? Please help me