Originally Posted by DarkMoon17
I'm not familiar with your betta's prior issues but it sounds like bloating due to either overfeeding and/or internal parasites... How much do you feed him and what brand do you use? Can you fill out the form at the top of the disease section?
For now, do as LittleBettaFish said and dose him with 2tsp/gal Epsom Salt. You should also consider deworming him with API General Cure or Jungle's Anti-Parasite pellets. You can also soak his pellets in garlic juice since garlic has many anti-parasitic benefits.
Sorry, I had forgot to provide that list, and no I haven't tried de-worming him. I thought about it a few months ago when he had a bad bacterial infection that went internal and almost killed him. Ever since then he has had problems with bloating when ever I feed him one pellet once every few days, but i didn't treat him for Parasites afterwords due to his poop turning back to a healthy color. I do agree that I should treat for parasites to make sure, as it seems he always balloons up every now and then after more than one pellet. When he was healing, as I feed him like this, he did put on weight, and after a while his pooped had turned to normal color as he healed up. When I first got him his poop was a black color that adventually turned white and then normal. I had a problem with him eating his own poop at that time as well.
What size is your tank?
He's never been in anything smaller than a 2.5 gallon.
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
He's in QT now, but I set up a devided 10 gallon about a month ago. He lives with three other Betta, which are all healthy and happy. THey all have an indivedual filter, two are min-nano filters, the other two are Tetra 3i filters that add aeration to the tank without stressing them with the water surface disturbance you'd have with an air stone.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Hikari Betta Pellets. The only Betta I have thats on crushed betta pellets and flakes is my very young Itty Bitty.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Mr.Moto get's feed once a day to once every 2-3 days as he's always had problems with eating more than that. If he eats more he seems to have problems with his swim Bladder and his belly with sometimes bloat up.
How often do you perform a water change?
1-2 times a week unless I notice a problem with their health or tank being maintained, filter Medea breaking down or overly dirty, or if the water looks like it's not being filtered properly.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
25% -50% once to twice a week on my divided 10 gallon due to the filters all being for a 2.5 gallon each. I do a 25% - 50% water change on my 2.5 gallon and 3 gallon tanks as well about one to two times a week.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
I add Aqua-safe Declorinator, Jungle Start Zyme when rinsing out filter media or changing filter media to help with filtration. I also add 1/4 teaspoon of un-iodized sea salt pre-dissolved for every 2.5 gallons as a preventative one to two times a month. None of my other Betta have had any problems with fin rot or disease since I started doing this.
Last night I did notice that the two medea bags I had made to hold my carbon for the mini-nano filters had completely mildewed and disintegrated in the filter. I amediately turned them off, rinsed them out, and replaced the media with my store bought media bags. I also added some salt and a 25% water change just in case. This makes me think that it might be due to those two bags disintegrating, especially if his immune system is compromised due to his history. I'm never doing that again.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I know it's bad, but I don't test the water. I've never learned how, but I plan on doing so when I have more money. I usually due my best to keep the water conditions the best kept as possible though, just like you would if you didn't have any filter for your tank. I know it isn't a good subsitute for not testing though.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
I noticed last night that he seemed to be dulling in color a little bit, but wasn't showing any stress stripes. He's a CT with usually a red body with more black coloring on his head and a bit of purple on his fins and a purple shean to the side of him when the light shines just right on him. His color now seems to have dulled to a more of a dark brown instead of red, but his coloring looks fine if you shine the light on him from his side. His belly as of today has swollen to the piont that it is white in color where it looks like it stretched too much to fast. He is also laying on his side more than ussaul.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He's always had signs of SBD and problems with constipation since he was sick, so he's always had quite a bit of problems with floating back up to the top of his water when swimming down. He ussauly hangs out by the surface since he was sick in the past, but he's now stuck on his side from the belly, and not moving around as much.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Yesterday as far as the coloring goes and a little bit less motivated to more. Today, he's presenting with the belly distention, white poop, and white coloring to his stomach and laying on his side. Still wants food but I don't want to feed him yet.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Yes.... I pulled him out of his tank and put him in QT. I set up his QT with fresh treated tape water using Aqua-safe, refrained from feeding, and added 1/8th teaspoon of dissolved un-iodized sea salt and a few drops of Bettafix.
I plan on doing a 50%-75% water change once a day while doing treatment to see if he improves. I 'll have to wait until Friday to get meds for treatment of Parasites. If he lasts, I'll switch treatment to an anti-parasite medication from the Bettafix.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Yes, he was a rescue a few months ago from Meijer. When I got him he was so sick that his poop was black and so starved that he kept trying to eat his own poop. He had had a bacterial infection on his head and the infection slowly grew to almost completely cover his head while treating him with salt, meds and clean water. He almost died from it, and once I brought him back from the brink, he presented with signs of SBD and it took three months for the abrasion to heal on his head. Whatever he had had made my other Betta, that had had no history of being ill aside from fin rot once, sick when they were a divided tank. This illness killed my other guy within three days, even with starting treatment right away.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I would say he's probably about a year old.
Since treating him today, the swelling seems to have gone down a bit. he's still laying on his side though and just resting.