My betta has been having trouble with digesting his food and developed a bluge on his stomach. I took him to a fish store where I know the owner is knowledgable and he told me he had dropsy and wouldn't live long.
I knew it wasn't because I did my research and his only symptom he had in common with dropsy was the bulge. So I went home and bought a heater because I realized his water was too cold. That fixed the problem and he pooped a large amount but now he has it again, and worse!
I think I figured out that these flakes I bought were the problem and I was feeding him those because he didn't want the pellets.
I have him in a 5 gallon I believe. I do 100% water changes maybe every 3 weeks, with 25%-50% in between. His water temp stays at 78-80. I stopped feeding him and tried the pea trick and nothing.
Last night I started with the espom salt baths and he still hasn't pooped. Should I continue? I also tried to get him to flare and poor guy is so bloated he just doesn't want to.