What size is your tank? .5 g QT tank while her 10g cycles
What temperature is your tank? Room Temperature - approx 72 -76 degrees (I know, it's a touch cold)
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta Buffet pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets every other day
How often do you perform a water change? Every other day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Dechlorinator
Have you tested your water? Not since I change every other day
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Bloated abdomen
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Nope, still as active as usual
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About 2 weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? See below
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 4 months
About two weeks ago I realized that her abdomen was slightly bloated and she was having buoyancy problems- she's able to swim but floats right up to the surface when she stops trying. I concluded that since she had just eaten, she might be constipated and that was affecting her swim bladder. So I started to fast her. After four days of fasting, I fed her one boiled de-shelled pea. She passed some white stringy poo, which led me to think there might be some internal parasites involved. I treated her to a course of Jungle Parasite cure, and she began to have normal looking poo, and was able to swim naturally again for a couple days. Since then, she has had the same buoyancy issue and has started tipping to the side. I've tried feeding her regularly, I've tried fasting her. She isn't pooing very often, and I have still occasionally seen white stringiness in her poo.
Right now, she is floating at the top of her water on her side and her abdomen is slightly bloated. She has not eaten in two days. There is no pineconing.
The only thing left I can think of is to add Epsom salts to her water to try to bring down the bloating. Any other recommendations? The 10g is about ready to go, but I don't want to put her into a sorority if she is unwell and could have something contagious to my other girls.