** I answered the basic questions and included them at the bottom**
**JUST NOW WHEN I TOOK PICTURES TO POST ON HERE I NOTICED SHE HAS SORES ON HER!! THEY'RE ACROSS HER FACE AND BY HER GILLS BILATERALLY**
I adopted a small female betta from a local betta fish rescue a couple of days ago. She is gorgeous and active and eats voraciously like a healthy fish and has been pooping fairly often, but her abdomen is quite swollen. It was like this when I got her, so I fed her only a tiny bit. Then I tried giving her frozen pea pieces (that I had of course warmed and cooled and cut into teeny tiny bite sized pieces first). Then I tried fasting her for over a day. No significant improvement.
Her left side seems to be protruding more than her right (patient left and patient right, meaning HER left and HER right, not left and right as the observer sees it). I have also noticed a small white bump on her ventral area immediately behind her anus. From observing her pooping I can tell that it's not a protrusion from her anus, but a small white bump located immediately posterior to the anus.
The abdominal swelling and small bump appear to be her only symptoms. I will fill out the answers to the questions below and would appreciate any input on this I can get.
Thank you for reading and I want you to know I will do whatever it takes for her. Money is no object and the only reason I haven't just brought her to the vet is because there is nobody in my area that specializes in fish, let alone betta fish, or appears to take my concern seriously. I lost my first betta fish after 2 years to what appeared to be a fungal or possibly bacterial infection, and I worry that I didn't do enough right away to stop it. He was my best friend and watching him suffer in his last days ripped my heart out. I do not want to let another fish suffer on my watch. I truly appreciate any help I can get and will take your advice seriously, no matter how much effort or money is involved. Thank you and I will answer the questions below:
What size is your tank? 5 gallons (holds approx 4 with decorations and equipment in it)
What temperature is your tank? Heater keeps the temperature between 76 and 82 automatically, and I check a thermometer in the tank periodically to ensure this constant temperature.
Does your tank have a filter? yes, an undergravel filter and I vacuum the gravel during water changes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes, air stone
Is your tank heated? yes, constantly between 76 and 82
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? she is alone
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? BettaMin tropical crisps flakes as main food and freeze-dried brine shrimp and sun dried baby gammarus shrimp as a treat.
How often do you feed your betta fish? except for when I fasted her, I feed her very tiny amounts (only what she can eat in about a minute, maybe two) twice daily, as close to 12 hours apart as possible
How often do you perform a water change? I have only had her a couple of days and have not completed a water change yet
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? i have not performed a water change yet
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I added API Stress Coat and a large Indian Almond (catappa) leaf.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I have not yet tested the water, I ordered the Freshwater Master Kit online and am awaiting its delivery
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? her abdomen has been swollen since I got her a couple of days ago **FROM TAKING PICTURES JUST NOW I SEE SHE HAS SORES BY HER FACE AND GILLS- SEE PICTURES**
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? she is active and responsive to my presence and attentions
When did you start noticing the symptoms? as soon as I got her
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I attempted a short fast (just over 24 hours) and gave her peas
Does your fish have any history of being ill? none reported to me
How old is your fish (approximately)? cannot tell, but she has the large black baby fish eyes, though I was told she was "waiting forever for a new home" by the rescue
I'll include pictures
Note after viewing pictures on my computer:
SHE HAS SORES. I didn't notice them until I saw the pictures blown up on my computer. My poor fish. Somebody please help me, just tell me what to do.
Also, I included one picture where you can kind of see the little white bump under her belly. (DSC00666 - 3rd picture from the top) And one from the side where you can see the little white bump (DSC00662 - bottom picture) But I'm so disturbed by the sores and so mad that I couldn't see them until I looked at the pictures. She's so pale and see-through, but I still should have noticed.