What size is your tank? 1.5 Gal
What temperature is your tank? 75 degrees roughly.
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, one that came with the tank.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? None.
Is your tank heated? Yes, the one small one from walmart.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None. He eats them. x)
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? The small brown pellets from Walmart. He did not like the bloodworms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Lately, hardly at all. Maybe a pellet a day to see what he would do. I was told he was bloated.
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week when it calls.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? All of it... I like to clean the gunk from his gravel.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? None. I did however, get some ick away that you can also add that I read helps strengthen his fins.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I haven't tested the waters. I always used bottled water or a gallon of water to refill his tank because I didn't trust the tap.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He's almost see through...
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He just floats now. I thought he was dead, but when you poke him he has some fin activity, but sits there.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A few weeks ago, and I was told to fast him. I fasted him for a bit, and fed him maybe one pellet every now and then to keep him going.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I haven't. I just fasted him.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? None. This is his first serious case.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I would say a year old.
He's so bloated... I thought he was dead. I poked him and he just looks at me pitifully. I feel horrible. I'm afraid it might be too late because I've let it go on for so long. It's my first betta, and he's been with me for a good year now, and we've had good times. I've thought myself to be a good mom to him. Please don't post and say how horrible I've been to my fish please. I understand that I could do more for him. I've tried.
I've enclosed a picture of how serious his case is. He actually swam a little when he saw me with my camera as if to pose. I love my Sexy, and I don't want him to suffer. D:
Just any suggestions will help. I have no petsmart or anything to go to- only a Walmart. I read something about a peeled, cooked pea, but I really doubt he needs that now.
He was blue/red. A beautiful color.
Please don't bash me. I understand that this does not happen overnight. I understand a lot of things. I love my animals, and I always considered Sexy my own. I just want to know if he is suffering and if there is a chance I could save him... Is it a parasite? I mean, if he is bloated, why would his scales fall off that bad? Just tell me what I can do.