Hi, first time poster, long time stalker. Lol.
A week ago I saw this poor guy at Petco & got a discount on him since he could only swim at the top of the cup, on his side. I saw his swim bladder was severely swollen & knew the likelihood of someone purchasing him was small.
I have him in a heated 1 gallon w. 100% water changes every other day and 1tsp of Epsom salts dissolved in it.
I fasted him for the first 3 full days of owning him then did the little bit of warmed pea. He ate it and since i feed him every other day either a pellet or bit of pea. Hes active & will dive down for his food, then of course float up by his rear end. He likes to use his plants & heater for support to get lower in his bowl. I have no gravel so I can see if he has pooped & have only seen one very small, brown one.
Also the lil guy has 3 pelvic fins as a deformity so im wondering if his swim bladder is also deformed.
My questions are:
1. Should i keep up w.my feeding schedule? Im going to go see if Petco has daphina. If they do how much & how often should i feed him it?
2. How long should i continue w.the Epsom salts
3. Is the 1gallon, heated okay for him since he does struggle w.swimming from his swim bladder?
4. Does his 3rd pectoral swim hinder him at all?
And 5....whew! What is a good name for him? Ill post some pics later. Hes a red delta.
Thanks for any feedback that can be offered!