I've had my Betta, Pierre, for a month now. Got him in a small bowl, upgraded to a used 10 gal tank with filter and heater. He's VERY happy. I went on a short trip with my husband and a friend was house sitting my dog, cat and Pierre. He may have over fed, although I gave him instructions. I came home to a bloated fish with poop hanging out (which I've never seen on pierre). I talked to a local fish guy who's been very helpful, and he said give some skinned green peas, it helps with bloat. Pierre ate one happily last night and even built a bubble nest! He seemed totally normal. This morning he's even more bloated with more poop hanging out. He seems equally happy. NO pineconing. Is this bloat? Or Dropsy? I'm really afraid and unsure of what to do. Note - he's been in the 10 gal for two weeks, without water changes because I'm cycling it. He had some VERY minor fin damage when I got him and I've been treating with small doses of MelaFix. Not often enough to requiere a water change. Please help!
What size is your tank? 10 gal
What temperature is your tank? 78-80 all times
Does your tank have a filter? YES
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? NO
Is your tank heated? YES
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? NONE
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets once daily
How often do you perform a water change? N/A, I'm cycling, 2 wks in
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? NA
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Bloated, poop string hanging
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's happy!
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday, got home from vacation
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? green pea pieces, on advice from local fish guy, for bloat
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? Had him 1 month