Hi again - I have a very...unique
Stamps recently has become bloated - belly scales sticking out, etc. It isn't dropsy. I know this because I've been doing the 2tsp of epsom salt per gallon of water with two indian almond leaves (only one gallon in my tank at the moment). Within four hours, his bloating went down and he went back to normal. However, I began to watch some odd behavior.
When I add new water to the tank, bubbles form on the inside of the glass...he has started to take a shine to eating
them. Within a few more hours after that, I watched him constantly peck bubbles off the glass and become bloated again with difficulty swimming (buoyancy).
After another day, the bubbles have disappeared..and so did his bloat. I have not been feeding him - I have fasted him for two days so far with daily 100% water changes with 2 tsp of epsom salt. He is very, very active and not lethargic by any means. He only has buoyancy issues after eating the bubbles.
How do I get him to stop this...very odd and potentially hazardous behavior?
I had no idea bettas could bloat from eating air bubbles...