Xander (male crowntail) hasn't eaten any pellets since I got him last friday. He's had two feedings of brine shrimp because it's been the only thing I could get him to eat. (probably a bad idea in retrospect). Now I think he's constipated! His belly seems a bit swollen to me, and the bottom of his belly has turned a white/gold color. Not a fungas/velvet "fuzzy" look, it looks more like his scales are just paling. He also does nothing but hang out at the top of the aquarium and appears to have trouble swimming down. He's been fasting for two days and I tried to give him some pea but he would have nothing to do with it. I heard somewhere epsom salt might help? Has anyone had success?
Ack, what do I do? I'm a new betta owner and I really don't want him to die!
What size is your tank? 2.5 gall
What temperature is your tank? 76-80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? yes, but I just turned it off as he couldn't swim up to get air with it on
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? just brine shrimp, can't get him to eat pellets, have only had him a week
How often do you feed your betta fish? once last friday, and once sunday
How often do you perform a water change? almost every day, for some reason ammonia gets high fast
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? aquarium salt and conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: never above .5 ppm
pH: 7.6 (I know it's high, but I have well water and can't get it down)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? bloated belly and paling in color on his belly
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? yes, he is listless and hangs out at the top of the aquarium
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 2 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? tried giving him pea, but he wouldn't touch it
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I've only had him a week, so I have no idea
How old is your fish (approximately)? Young I think