So last Wednesday I aquired "Popeye/Pencil" (debating on a name) from a breeder in Thailand. I was told he was listless prior to shipping, so I expected him to be a bit sick when he got here.
I have him in about a 1/2 gallon critter keeper so I can do water changes easier... ANYWAY!! At first he was kinda swimming a bit vertical and appeared weakened. I have been feeding betta pellets, bloodworms, and brine shrimp. He has been eating fine. His swimming has improved, some... (Especially upon seeing a female betta- all of a sudden he has LOTS of energy and flares quite nicely :D)
But the one weird thing to me is, all this cloudy, tufty junk that accumulates in his home. None of my other "jarred" bettas have this... I think it is his poo?? It just looks like little pieces of dust... dust bunnies... So, is this indicative of a intestinal parasite? I have some medicated fish food for a bacterial infection, but not sure this is the right thing to use on him... Anyone have experience with anti-parasie fish food? I am not really fond of the petstore medications, so would rather treat him "naturally" by frequent water changes, maaaaybe salt (but we add salt to our water to soften it anyway soooo no clue how much is already in there). Or, I am ok with anti-parasite food if that's what it sounds like it may be.
You can see some in this pic, top pic, near his tail. That's the stuff.