What size is your tank? About three gallons.
What temperature is your tank? 22* Celsius
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, with a 2 - 5g Hydor mini.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Frozen bloodworms and brineshrimp, NLS Grow and Betta Pellets, Omega One pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice daily, fasting twice a week. See below for Valiant's schedule.
How often do you perform a water change? Twice a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100% a week, 50% every three days plus spot cleaning every day.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Kent Black Water Expert, Seachem Prime, aquarium salt if needed.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Have not tested the water ... gotta get a master kit.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Very bloated, floating on side, having trouble swimming. This happens only after he has eaten, and this is why I'm worried.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Has trouble swimming, is generally agitated. Resting on his side on the water surface.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Nearly three weeks ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? BWE, heater, and a small dosage of salt. Also have been feeding him slower, and with lesser amounts. So instead of feeding him twice daily I feed him four times with one pellet, or if it's frozen food I put it in the fridge and get it out every few hours. It's a pain in the butt, but it seems to work.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Had severe fin rot when first brought home, it is now healed very well.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I have had him for a month and a half.
So what I'm mainly worried about is that he's been bloated/constipated for almost 24 hours. By now he should be pooping and feeling better, but he's still floating and just not getting any better. I've been treating him with BWE and salt whenever this happens, and it's happened about three times since I first noticed it. Every single time after he's eaten he will become constipated/bloated. So I've decided that giving him his food slower works well, and it has. Yesterday I thought he was better so I gave him three - four bloodworms and he ate with gusto, but then I noticed his symptoms returning. I thought he'd be okay after a whole night to rest up . . . but he's STILL floating on his side. I'm really worried about him.
Other that what I'm doing (feeding slower, using BWE and salt), is there anything else that can be suggested? He's come so far from when he first came home.
I have a video uploading.