Any ideas? Treating for bacterial swim bladder or parasites? Water parameters are fine and he has been fasted for 3 days then 1 week and then another week. No help.
I am thinking this is systemic and he is dying. There is probably nothing I can do but wanted to double check for ideas. Thanks!
All information answered below:
What size is your tank? 5 gallons
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?
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? betta pellets with occasional flake food, frozen blood worms or brine shrimp
How often do you feed your betta fish?
2 x per day
How often do you perform a water change? 1 x per week
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? Stress Coat or Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Hardness: GH 17.9
Alkalinity: KH 8
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Fin Rot, Swim Bladder
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Under cave more when not in a social mood. Otherwise he bobs to the top and hangs out there. Is laying on his side more.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? November
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Around 1-6 After many water changes I decided to start 1 tsp salt per gallon (he is in a 5 gallon tank) and Maracyn/Maracyn II combo. My pH was on the high end for MaracynII but I thought I would try anyway.
Then on 1-13 because my water parameters aren't great for Maracyn and it didn't help I started Kanaplex and Furan 2 and Methelyne blue baths.
The rotted part of his tail fin eventually fell away. He had some fungal growth but with water changes that faded. I stopped the salt then he started up with swim bladder issues. I have fasted and tried peas to no avail.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not until now
How old is your fish (approximately)? he has been with us for 14 mos.