Iv'e had my fish since about early July and since I got him he's seemed to have had a bit of what looks like swim bladder disease. He's always slept under the bridge I have in his tank, or he'll get in between the heater and the tank and just kind of hang out there. I've tried to treat him with epsoms, which seemed to work somewhat, but he just seems to have gotten worse as time as went on. When I first got him he seemed happy, he was a vibrant color and he blew a huge bubble nest, then it seemed like his health has just rapidly declined over the months. I don't know what to do for him but I feel terrible. My last betta died and I got this one thinking that I'd do better and it just seems like I can't do any right. :(
What size is your tank? 3 gallons
What temperature is your tank? stays around 78-82
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? Hikari Betta Bio Gold Pellets and and Tetra Freeze Dried Bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? I was feeding him about 3-4 pellets daily and one bloodworm about once or twice a week with Sunday as his fasting day, but I've recently reduced it to 2 pellets per day.
How often do you perform a water change? Twice a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? One 50% and One 100%.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime, API StressCoat and about one drop of Tetra Easy Balance per gallon of water since my Ph was high when I tested it.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
pH: I think it was 7.0-7.5 if I can remember right.
Hardness: Very Hard
Alkalinity: Not sure?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Bloated Belly, clamped, curled fins. Not sure if the fins are because of the water quality or not or because he is stressed out and sick.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He's gotten worse. He hides a lot under his bridge, sometimes he'll be at the bottom sitting (literally sitting) or floating at the top behind the heater on his side. Today when i put him in his cup to change his water he was floating upside down but would keep trying to correct himself. I felt horrible! He's also been darting and bumping into things lately as well. I figured it may be parasites along with the swim bladder, but I'm not sure.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? He's had the symptoms since I got him, but they've just recently started getting alot worse.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I'm treating him right now with 1tsp per gallon of epsoms and I also put some API General Cure in his tank to treat the parasites just in case.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He seemed happy and healthy when I got him despite the small deformity and the slight what looked like SB.
How old is your fish (approximately)? about 3 months plus how old he was when i got him.
Any help with this would be appreciated. I have been doing everything I can, reading so many different sites it's not even funny. A LOT of sites say to feed them the insides of a pea, but there is no way I want to do that and cause more harm then good.