Originally Posted by Adastra
Sometimes when darker fish get bloated, the pale area that's usually covered up by the ventrals and the gill beard become much more pronounced. It's a fairly normal color pattern, but it does indicate that something about his feeding and his environment needs to change. Can you fill this out? http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=49233
A clear picture of him would be extremely helpful.
What size is your tank? 0.5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? Warm, I don't know the exact temp.
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? NO
Is your tank heated? Several times a day I replace some water with warm water.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? BettaMin flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a night except for after I change his water 100%, which I give him a little extra.
How often do you perform a water change? Once every four days or so.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? TopFin Water Conditioner for Bettas.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Swollen, see through belly, but richer in color lately
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? More aggressive than usual, always attacking his reflection.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About a week ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Feeding him every other night.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Have had him for about a month, and I got him from Petsmart, so I ASSUME 7mo.
Again, he's perfectly healthy in behavior except for that little cream spot. I don't have a camera with high enough res but I'll get a pic today.