Originally Posted by Betta Slave
I'm quite sure it's parasites, simply because of his bloat and the beige-y color in his poop... I can't think of any other causes.
I'd say it's gone a bit far to treat him- but if you'd like, put one teaspoon of aquarium salt (or regular SEA salt) per gallon for ten days... I would recommend feeding him pellets soaked in garlic juice, but it looks as if he's about to burst D:
I did 10 days of epsom salt in a hospital tank floating in his main tank before this. (This issue has been going on for a LONG time.) It did absolutely nothing. No change in appearance or behavior. That was pretty soon after I first discovered his bloating. But I know that epsom salt is not really "salt" per se, so who knows. Maybe aquarium salt would be good for him?
He will absolutely not touch a pellet. Not even soaked in garlic juice. I've tried, even after fasting for several days. He'll take a bite and then spit it right back out. :/
He pooped again tonight, in his main tank. A long, stringy, brown poo. And he's back to swimming normally. (Well, he's sleeping now on a leaf, but before that his energy was definitely back up.) I think he's just uncomfortable in his hospital tank. But now he's happy in his 80F water with perfect params, hiding places, and live plants. Too bad he's still bloated as f*ck. :(