I have a 1.5 year old boy named norbert. He lives in a 2.5 gallon filtered tank. we swap 50% of the water every week.
He had been swimming a little funny for a couple of weeks, and his belly was getting a little larger so I decided to fast him for about 3-4 days. We tried a bit of pea followed by some fasting. Then some daphnia followed by some fasting.
If anything he was only getting more bloated. His activity level is normal, and he fights his mirror daily. he clearly has appetite. I am fairly certain this resulted from me over feeding him as I was spending some more time at home. But I cant just stop feeding him for weeks until he looks better. At least Im uncomfortable with it.
I dropped him in an epson salt bath today for maybe 5 minutes. It was very stressful looking for him. He was breathing very rapidly and I didn't want to kill him while trying to make him better. He did not pass any stool that I saw though.
I attached a picture of him. He has been sitting in his plants in some more awkward positions lately. Here he is more or less vertical and I tried to capture the bulge of his belly.
Any advice will be utmost appreciated!