I have a male betta and I keep him in a 2 1/2 gallon bowl with a heater.
- I change his water weekly
-I feed him betta pellets (3 pellets, 3 times a day)(bloodworms usually once a week (if that) to replace a meal of pellets. I now realize I may have been feeding him too many pellets.
He has a lump on his side toward the back- his scales are not sticking out like a pinecone.
I started fasting him Saturday (today is Thursday). When he sees me at the bowl he usually swims up to see if I have something for him. I feel very guilty not feeding him.
All the rocks have been removed from the bottom except one larger one so I can keep track if he goes to the bathroom.
I tried feeding him little bits of pea on several occasions every day since all this began - he won't eat them, he won't even try them. He did have 1 poop Monday (it seemed thicker than normal). Nothing has changed since then - he is still very bloated and he hasn't pooped again since then.
I have tried to find daphnia - no one sells it in our area. I Did find frozen mysis shrimp but he wouldn't eat it.
Wednesday I gave him an epsom salt bath as I was really starting to worry. Today is Thursday and I gave him another epsom salt bath this a.m. I am planning on giving him another tonight.
He looks like his other side is starting to look a little bloated as well.
I don't know what else to do for him. I wish I knew if it was constipation or something else.
Lately he has been spending most of his time at the bottom of his bowl. When he does swim he swims normal.
If anyone has any advice or any ideas I would really appreciate your help. I have called all the pet stores in the area as well as another city and no one has any idea what I am talking about.