Hello betta lovers,
My dude Darcy has been dealing with swim bladder disorder since Monday 6/20. I followed the advice on this site and others and started him on the frozen pea treatment to treat constipation.
On Tuesday I bought some frozen peas and gave him a few pieces of softened pea. I waited for two days to see if he passed any poo, but it still seemed like his stomach was full. He didn't seem any better.
All this week I haven't fed betta anything except for a few pieces of pea on Tuesday and a few pieces today, Saturday 6/25. I am getting worried because it's taking a long time for him to get better. I am also worried that the problem might be an infection of the swim bladder rather than constipation.
What should I do to help him? The most recent thing I've done is feed him a few tiny bits of pea. He gladly ate those. Is it just a waiting game now?
Thanks so much,
Edit: I suppose I should fill this out too.
What size is your tank? 10 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 80-82 degrees F
Does your tank have a filter? Sponge
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Atison's Betta Pro
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day, 2 pellets at a time
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20-30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? 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? A slight loss of color
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Lying on the gravel, having trouble getting to the top
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Monday 6/20
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes, with frozen pea treatment
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? I've had him for over a year