I am not sure what I am dealing with here. Possible internal bacteria or parasites. Or is it kidney failure? I hate to see him keep suffering if there is nothing else I can do.
What size is your tank? 1.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees
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? none
What type of food
do you feed your betta fish? Tetra Betta Plus Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets twice a day since he's been sick just once a day and some of the time I fasted him
How often do you perform a water change? twice a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? stress coat
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? extremely bloated (including gills), a 'growth' between his gill plates, black nodules on his dorsal and anal fins, frayed fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? stays at the top, breathing is very labored He is still eating some.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About 3 weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes the first week I treated with aquarium salts with 100% water changes each day. No improvement. The second week I used Maracyn and epsom salts. Not much improvement. This past week I tried Maracyn II. The fin rot is better but he is still very bloated.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes. He has had swim bladder disease. He has had fin rot along with the severe bloating.
The Maracyn cleared up the previous case of fin rot, but since then he has always been a little bloated.
How old is your fish (approximately)? got him August 2011 so 2-3 years old