Hello, just a few days ago our Betta suddenly swell up overnight, only on his left side however. We have been battling with Fin Rot for some time now too, treating him with antibiotics.
What size is your tank? - 5 1/2 Gal
What temperature is your tank? - 78
Does your tank have a filter? - Yes
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? By himself.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta Food
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day (He's been fasting to help rule out constipation).
How often do you perform a water change? Every 5-7 days.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 60%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Recommended doses of Amquel plus and NovaAqua Plus, as well as Aquarium Salt which is at recommended dose.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
pH: Girlfriend helped me with this reading, she said it was in normal range.
Hardness: Haven't tested.
Alkalinity: Haven't tested.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Swelling on left abdomen only, scales slightly raised on area but it looks like it is due to the swelling. Fins decaying due to the fin rot.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? - No changes in behavior.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? - Four days ago.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Tried pea treatment and have been continuing antibiotics.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? We've been battling with Fin Rot for a length time.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 Year
I've done extensive research and all the answers I've came with seem to be different. I am so afraid that this is dropsy, but only the left side is swollen. We've been searching for droppings, but have not found any on his tank. However, a day after the pea treatment he did have a very long white feces that was somewhat stringy attached to him until he swam quickly and it fell. I've posted here as a last resort because I am lost on what to do.