What size is your tank? 10L, roughly 3 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 25 Celsius
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, a sponge filter
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? A java fern
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Atison's Betta Pro, sometimes cooked shrimp
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day, dwindled down from 6+ pellets each time to 1-3 pellets now
How often do you perform a water change? Not too often, but approximately once or twice a week now
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Around 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Indian almond leaves. ~1 teaspoon of epsom salt as well, now.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Suspected that he has a tumor growing, noticed it about a month ago. Tumor seemed to subside after a while, but now he has a generalised bloat as well as slight pineconing.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Has become very lethargic
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Symptoms started a month ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? ~1 tsp/gal Epsom salt, added half a capful of Maracyn Plus yesterday
Does your fish have any history of being ill? None prior to this, was rescued from terrible living conditions about a year ago and had been healthy until very recently.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Around 2 years old
I found a tumour-like growth on Boris about a month ago, and started to treat it using a combination of epsom salt + indian almond leaves as per OFL's recommendations. The tumour did look like it was starting to subside, but the general lethargy didn't go away. He stayed on the bottom most of the time, looking generally disinterested (even in food, and he was a massive glutton before this). Instead of a tumour he now looks like he has some sort of generalised bloat, which seems indicative of swim bladder disorder...
Then I committed a bunch of mistakes... such as moving him into a new 28L tank which he hated (was too deep), and moving him back to his old 10L food container. Adding Maracyn Plus did not seem to help, if anything I probably made it worse since he started to look pineconey about a day after (today).
Should I stop dosing the fish with more Maracyn Plus (I've only dosed once, description says I need to dose 3 times), since it appears to be making things worse?
Since I've made a few water changes during the epsom salt treatment, I found it quite difficult to keep track of the epsom salt concentration in the water. I'm tempted to increase the epsom salt dosage, but I really would prefer to measure it first before going ahead. Does anyone have any idea on how I might do that?