What size is your tank?
2.5 gallons. It's actually a 5gal divided in half and the divider is sealed in the middle so there is no water flow between the two sections at all. This is because I have the other half set up for my Mr. Moto, which has SBD and a compromised immune system.
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?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Crumpled tropical fish flakes due to her being still to small to eat pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish?
2 times a day.
How often do you perform a water change?
1-2 times a week.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
25-50% on each water change, and a 100% water change every 2-3 weeks with gravel siphon/rinse and wiping down everything.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
AquaSafe declorinator and StartZyme after filter media is rinsed or replaced.
Have you tested your water?
If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your Betta fish's appearance changed?
Her tummy is swollen and since she's see-through due to her coloring it looks like there's an air bubble inside her tummy on her right side just underneath her tummy. The air bubble seems to come and go as far as size goes from time to time. When the bubble's size goes down, she has no trouble swimming at all.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
She having trouble swimming around. When she does swim around, once she stops she floats towards the surface. When at rest she seems to be stuck at the surface most of the time. Sometimes she'll lean to her left on her side with the right side pointing upwards. Other than this, she acts completely normal.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
I started noticing these symptoms on and of since I got her. When I first got her she was about 4-6weeks old, so I thought the only symptom she had at the time, her hanging out at the surface was just due to malnourishment and her still developing. As she got bigger though, I started to notice this air bubble thing that seemed to come and go.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Since she's still growing slowly but surely, I keep the water very fresh, doing water changes whenever it looks like uneaten food starts to build up a bit since she'll eat it if I don't. Note: Her first tank had no gravel since she was so small.
In her new divided side of the 5 gallon I'm doing frequent water changes just in case it's something like a virus or bacteria. I added a slight dose of Betta revive last night just in case it's not genetic. When the swelling gets to bad I also add a dose of sea salt to the tank since I've noticed this helps a bit.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Other than seeing this air bubble thing come and go since she got big enough to see her tummy, no.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
About 2-2 1/2 months old.
I'm thinking it's possibly genetic SBD or a bacterial infection of some kind, maybe. I was just wondering what you guys think.