Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
Did you find any live mosquito larva...
No, but I bought frozen brine shrimp. Ive done some research and found that carnivore feed such as brine shrimp or daphnia are almost all water unlike pellets and will help a bloated fish pass whatever is stopping him up.
I saw him poop today. It was long (~1 inch) and brown with white on the end and hung from him by some sort of string like thing that I couldn't see even with a flashlight and my 20/20 vision. Maybe he ate a hair of mine that got in his tank? Doubtful though.
I fed him the thawed frozen brine shrimp this afternoon. He gobbled it up happily and searched the bottom of his tank for more for an additional 10 minutes. I gave him as much as about half the size of a pea. I assumed that would be okay since the shrimp wont swell in his belly like pellets do.
To understand-he has a change in behavior now-He is no longer responsive to you, stopped eating and more lethargic-correct...
Any buoyancy issues and you have him in the half gallon unfiltered tank in Epsom salt 3tsp/gal-temp in the 76-78F range and changing the water with premixed Epsom salt water every other day 50% correct.
The change in behavior is very slight. He is a bit more lethargic aka slower movement and more relaxing on his hammock. He still moves around his tank with no issues. He doesn't seem to be having any swim bladder problems yet. He easily changes depths. He is still just as responsive to me as always.
I have been changing 50% of his half gallon QT every day (except yesterday) using gallon jugs of conditioned water treated with 3 tsp magnesium sulfate each. He does not have a heater in his QT but the temp stays around 76-78f without it. Does it sound like Im going about this the right way? Also, I don't think it is a tumor because it came out of nowhere, his poo isnt the normal cinnamon bun shape, and he has had bloating problems before. I think he may have parasites because of the poo I saw this morning.