My rescue betta, Mr. Fishy, is sick, but I am at a loss as to how to help him! I am 100% sure he is constipated (hasn't passed a poo in over 2 weeks); it doesn't seem to be affecting him otherwise though, which almost makes me even more worried. He is active, responsive, and certainly interested in food. I have tried fasting him, then feeing a pea (no effect), then fasting again for several days and another pea (no effect), then fasting for 5 days and still no poops! I special ordered him some frozen daphnia and have given him little bits of this for the past 3 days and still nothing! I am afraid he is going to pop
I hate bouncing his feeding routine all around, but I don't know if I should keep feeding daphnia, stop feeding altogether or what?
What size is your tank? - 1g temporary (the one I rescued him in) while his new 5g cycles
What temperature is your tank? - Was at ~74, now at ~77 for the last 2 days (the only heater I have is in the 5g to grow bacteria, so I have a spaceheater heating the whole room to 80)
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? - No
Is your tank heated? - Yes, via ambient air temp
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? - None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? - He was on flakes, Omega One Betta Flakes and Tetra's Betta Flakes with little freeze dried bits of shrimp (?) before all this started
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 times/day, what to me looked like small amounts
How often do you perform a water change? - ~3 times per week, 2 50%, and 1 100%.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? - dechlorinator and a bit of AQ salt (which I have read can be contributin to his issues, so in the last 2 days I have switched him to plain water)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0 usually
pH: about 6, which is what he is used to
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? I can see that he looks more pudgy than normal, belly a little big/whiter than normal, NOT huge/distended, no pineconing
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No
When did you start noticing the symptoms? He has had constipation issues since I rescued him, but only with the last 2.5 weeks has it been bad
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Fasting, then a pea, then repeat, fast for 5 days, and now for the last 3 days have been feeding small bits of daphnia. I'm afraid to feed him flakes or pellets in case he explodes
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes, he as had issues passing poops since I rescued him, but this is the worst it's been. The pea treatment always worked before
How old is your fish (approximately)? No idea, I've had him for about 2.5 months
What can I do for my boy? In every other regard, he seems just fine! My plan was to see if the plain (no salt as I read it can cause them to retain fluids thus blocking them up) water, daphnia, and higher temp works over the next few days, and then try to do an epsom salt dip 3 days in a row, and after that possibly start treating with meds? I don't want to stress him out with meds and a salt bath in the same day, or do you think that would be ok? I was planning to try Jungle's fungus cure as it says it can help with some bacterial infections.
Should I stop feeing him altogether? I know they can go weeks without food, but if 5 days didn't do anything, I don't want to starve him for no reason. We love him so much! Any advice is greatly appreciated!