I really hope he will still be here by morning.
I thought he had external parasites as he seemed to be flashing against tank decorations last night so I started AQ salt treatments. I had school and work today, and when I got off he was laying on his side at the top of his hospital tank, he is bloated and his belly is very white! It looks like the poo at the bottom of the tank might indicate internal parasites?
He is trying to swim very aggressively and I'm afraid he will hurt himself. He cannot swim right and keeps floating to the top of his tank on his sides.
I removed him from his tank and tried to get out some of the AQ salt. He had very apparent stress stripes when I did this. I've never dealt with a sick Betta so I am very scared I will do something wrong and lose him. His condition has deteriorated rapidly since yesterday.
I am on my phone and will add pictures in a few minutes.
What size is your tank? 5 gal but he is in a one gallon hospital tank floating inside his 5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
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? Omega one pellets and freeze dried bloodworms on Mondays
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets a day spread out throughout the day
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week normally but have done 100%s in his hospital tank last two days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: .25 in tap water but its treated with prime
Nitrate: 5 in tap water
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? White bloated belly and stress stripes
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He cannot swim right and is swimming around rapidly with lethargic moments
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday morning
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Treated with AQ salt and now ES
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had him for about a year and got him from Walmart.
Will the AQ salt have hurt him more if he has internal parasites or SBD?