As I write this post I am nearly despondent. My beautiful beta tiny has a swollen abdomen...for the past ten days I have tried to treat him with peas, daphnia, various medicines like Maracyn II and even Jungle's fungal treatment. He is still eating like crazy. When I cleaned his tank last night, I found brown stringy poop. What depresses me more is I don't know what caused all of this when.
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallon bow
What temperature is your tank? steady 78 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? yes...air pump driven
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? Hikari's Beta food
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x daily (at least I was until this started).
How often do you perform a water change? weekly or soon
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%-50% I say 50% because by the time I clean the gravel, half the water's gone.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I use Kordon's Nova Aqua Plus and Amquel +
Have you tested your water? I changed his water last night so I haven't checked them today yet. Last check everything was in good parameters...tank cycled. If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? swollen abdomen
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? he can't swim down to his castle he hides in
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about ten days ago
Have you started treating your fish? Yes, peas/daphia If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? None
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure..he's a veil tail beta I've had since July '10
Please help. I am considering euthenasia. Thank you.