Ok..so, here goes. For a year-last week made it one whole year- I have had an amazing blue/red/purple betta named Mini Cooper. He is quite possibly the MOST amazing fish, ever. Personality, fun, VERY energetic...and then, he kinda wasn't. :(
Like an idiot, I had him in 1.5 gallon with no filtration and no heater. I am a dedicated mommy though, so no less than once a week I gave him full, treated, water changes. I even let the water sit for a few hours to mimic what he was in previously. He usually ate what I fed him all at once and in the rare case he didn't I always scooped leftovers out. Come to find out I was -what I like to call spoiling- overfeeding him.. :(:(:( He seemed to love the food and I really thought he was just greedy. Anyway, a few weeks ago, about a month now, I realized he was swimming rather erratically. He seemed to be gasping for air and just basically sinking to the bottom of the tank. I pretty much diagnosed it as SDB and treated it lightly. I went with the epsom salt bath because he's a pretty picky eater, but it didn't work. FINALLY, after close to 3 days of fasting he ate some pea and pooped!! :) However, he's still swimming erratically.
Understand my frustrations? Ok..so, I stopped feeding him so much, about two pellets a day and fasting a day a week. I will be incorporating the pea more into his diet, too.
I have looked all over his body for signs of ich, inflamed gills, popeye, and everything else. The strange thing is the only REAL symptom of SBD was his constipation. AND I know he was constipated because he didn't go for almost a week. He goes quite regular now, but I am still worried with his swimming. I read that if his poop was stringy it could be internal parasites, but I really don't think he is sick. The ONLY strange thing I notice is a bit of a hump on his side close to his back fin- this is the culprit I believe..kidney maybe?
SOOOOOOO, today I put him in a treated cycled tank-5 gallons- and I got a heater!!! and I am hoping that will make things a little better. My big question is..is there any other way to tell if it's internal parasites? I'm pretty sure his poop isn't stringy..at least when I see it..it's just round like it used to be. Not as much, but it's there. Do I need to give him more fiber? Do I need to get fluid from his kidneys? OMGosh..someone please help? I know they say they don't feel it, but I think Mini does. I love him so much. He has really been my baby for a little over a year and I refuse to just give up or let him continually suffer. ANY advice is welcomed and accepted. Thanks in advance...hope someone can help.