Id appreciate any help with my girl, Big Blue.
What size is your tank? 29g, just moved from a 20g
What temperature is your tank? 81F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, aquaclear 30 and sponge filter in the old (20g) tank, aquaclear 30, sponge filter, and fluval U3 in new (29g) tank
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Sponge filter
Is your tank heated? Yes, fluval heater
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Lived with 11 other females in the old (20g) tank, added 8 more females when moved to 29g
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? NLS and omega one, the food that was fed most recently was omega one
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once daily
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime. When I moved the fish to the new 29g I also added stress coat and vitachem
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Yes, API liquid test kit.
Nitrate:0 (usually do get a nitrate reading but it was a new tank so all new water
Hardness: no test, but the water here is quite hard I believe
Alkalinity: no test
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? She became bloated after eating, very swollen belly, developed a white slime on her fins and body. She has rapid operculum movement.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? After becoming bloated, she hovered in one corner of the tank near the top. I moved her to a qt tank. This morning, she is lying on her side and has rapid gill movements.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday, right after moving her to a new tank.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? I purchased her from aquabid and she arrived about 6 weeks ago. So I'd say, 6 months or less?
So two days ago, I combined two sororities (12 in a 20g, and 8 in a 20g) into a 29g. After getting everyone acclimated and into the tank, I fed them. Big Blue ((hadn't given her a proper name yet, but she's a big, blue DT) I think got more of her fair share. She was the most dominant one in the tank.
The next day, I noticed she was in a corner of the tank looking very bloated. She was still active and chased away any fish that came near here. I separated her. She produced quite a bit a poop that looked normal. I didn't feed her, of course. She still looked pretty good and I decided not to treat her with anything just yet.
However, this morning, she is lying on her side, has rapid gill movements, and a white slime on her fins and body.
What can I do for her? I have Epsom salt, aquarium salt, various antibiotics, and can go get something else if I need it. Should I have started Epsom salts right away? Should I do anything for the rest of the tank? All the other fish look fine. I'm fasting everyone for a couple days, just in case.
She was completely fine before I moved her.