I've been having problems with my plakat male recently. He has bloated up around his stomach area, but doesn't show any symptoms of dropsy. I think he is just severely constipated, but have no clue as to how to get him to pass the blockage.
What size is your tank?
15 gallons (now in 1 gallon hospital tank)
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
No (15 gallon tank does)
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
Yes, hospital and 20 gallon tank are both heated
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
20 gallon is divided with one female betta as a tank mate
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Frozen brine shrimp, bloodworms, live brine shrimp, live mosquito larvae, live insects, NLS pre-soaked pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Once every day, sometimes skip a day here and there
How often do you perform a water change?
Every day (hospital tank) Every three-four days (15 gallon)
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
100% (hospital tank) 25-30% (15 gallon)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Prime water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
His stomach is hugely distended (looks like he swallowed a marble from above), and he hasnít passed anything for about a week or so now. Iíve also noticed he has either bitten his tail or has come down with fin rot.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
It hasnít. He swims around everywhere, greets me when I look in his tank, and was flaring at the male in the tank over this morning.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
About a week or so ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
So far heís been fasted, dewormed with levasimole, had Epsom salts added to his water, and been given a couple of pieces of frozen pea. Next step is some frozen daphnia when I can pick some up at my LFS.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
This has happened once before, it went away on its own after a couple of weeks.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I have owned him for six months, and he would have to be at least six months to a year old when I got him.