Yesterday I picked up a fish at Wal-Mart. I was not intending to get a fish, I was intending to get decorations. But, I saw a betta swimming on his side. I found the fish worker who did not seem to care. He kept saying the betta's just came in so he's fine. Well, he is clearly not fine (although I will say all the other betta's looked very healthy). I bought him (I know supporting the system, but how do you walk away), and brought him home. I'm going to attach a picture to better illustrate what he is doing. He lays on the gravel with the lower part of his body and his tail, but his upper body is off the gravel and somewhat erect. He does move around the tank like that pulling himself along the bottom, or getting just enough lift to pull himself all the way up for a few fleeting strokes.
I am going to fill this out, but some is not relevant since he just came home.
What size is your tank? 2.5 g (filled about 1.5" above his head)
What temperature is your tank? Unknown, it was a spare tank I did not have a temp gauge on.
Does your tank have a filter? No
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? No.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? He has not eaten yet, but I feed Omega Betta pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Not eaten yet. (Suggestions on how to feed him. how often while ill?)
How often do you perform a water change? None yet.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? None yet.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I used Stress Coat + for his water.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He can not lift himself off the gravel. He could not lift himself off the bottom of the cup either at Wal-Mart.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Unknown, I don't know him yet.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? At Wal-Mart when I bought him.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Stress Coat +
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Unknown.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown, but he is fairly small. He's about the size of my almost year old female (in the body. not the tail).
I am pretty sure it's SBD but wanted to double check before I treated for it. I wanted to see if someone else may think it's something else. I know you use Epsome salt to treat SBD, but I've never used that before. Is it similar to using Aquarium salt? What is the g of water to salt ratio?