Alright, first off, this fish is NOT MINE. His name is Charles and belongs to my neighbor. She gave me their fish to take care of and attempt to cure... but the problem is I believe this is a case of Dropsy. I don't know how advanced this is, but I don't think he'll survive.
Now with that being said, I have filled in the info below as best I could.
What size is your tank?
-1/2 a gallon.
is your tank?
-About 74 degrees (F).
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?
-One healthy pinch of flakes a day, every day.
How often do you perform a water change?
-Once a month (yikes...)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
-None. Softened tap water.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
-I don't know anything about the water. Its a half gallon and it does not get changed as often as it should (only once a month).
Ammonia: Likely high.
pH: Likely acidic (6)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
-Very swollen belly, scales are mildly pineconing.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
-Eats and acts the same, but sits a bottom a bit more.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
-2-3 weeks ago. He had a swollen belly.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
-Now that I have him, I have set his tank on a heating pad and intend to use epsom salts in his tank (2tsp/gal). I am considering using bettaREVIVE as well.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
-About 1 year
I would greatly appreciate advice on how exactly I can treat him. I intend to use epsom salts and possibly bettaREVIVE as well as putting him on a heating pad.
Also if anyone could tell me a bit about Dropsy... how does this happen, and is it contageous?
Here are three current pictures of him.