I'm just not really sure what to do anymore.
My fish just seems to have a near constant problem of constipation/bloating. I only feed him two to three soaked pellets daily for six days a week, with one day of fasting. By the second or third day though, usually, he is bloated and floating around at the top. I tried an Epsom salt bath once when it seemed severe and it helped, but was back to square one after a few days.
I tried switching to flakes to see if that would help, but it was worse. Could he be sick for this to happen so often? Once it passes, he is happy and looks healthy. Just doesn't seem normal for it to happen so much though.
Would fasting him more than one day a week help? Or something else? Thanks in advance!
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 80°
Does your tank have a filter? No
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? Aqua Culture Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Daily, 2-3 pellets. Fast one day.
How often do you perform a water change? Every day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% to full
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra AquaSafe Plus
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: N/A to all.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Bloated belly
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Frequent bloating that makes it difficult for him to swim, just floats at the top trying to get around.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Several weeks ago, it comes and goes.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Possibly swim bladder disease, but it seems like he had recovered for awhile.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Less than a year, is my guess