I'm rather conflicted on this matter- my HM boy, Adrian, is looking rather bloated and he's gotten worse. Ever since he started looking different, I have been keeping a close eye on him.
I thought that since I had been feeding him frozen brine shrimp as a treat, that he was just getting fat off of that. Well, I stopped feeding it to him and there has been no improvement.
To my knowledge, he has been pooping regularly too. Which is why I've ruled out constipation.
Here is some info.
What size is your tank? 1 Gallon.
What temperature is your tank? 70 degrees F.
Does your tank have a filter? No.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No.
Is your tank heated? No.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? He gets a variety. Usually micro pellets, sometimes fruit flies (that I caught and froze) and sometimes frozen brine shrimp. All in moderation.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day, except Sundays.
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 75%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Usually I use spring water, occasionally I use treated tap water.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Bulging stomach, not sure if scales are raised yet...
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Still eats like a little pig, but I often find him on the bottom of his tank under his ornament.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Maybe two weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I just started giving him epsom salt and maracyn plus JUST IN CASE.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not to my knowledge.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had him almost a year, but by now he probably is a year old.
Now some of you may remember that I had a sick fish (Charles) given to me by my neighbor. That fish has advanced Dropsy and will die. I am unsure if I somehow spread the infection (assuming its bacterial) from Charles to my fish, or if this is completely unrelated. :/
But unlike with that fish, this time I made sure I was ready and armed myself with plenty of medicine (Kanaplex is my next go-to if this does turn out to be dropsy). I will not let another fish slip away because of Dropsy.
I am a little torn about whether or not I should medicate him. I don't want to be wrong in this matter- although I am fairly certain I'm not.
I need a second pair of eyes here people... what does this fish's problem look like to you?