What size is your tank? 1/2 gal
What temperature is your tank? room temp
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? beta flakes with dried blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? was daily, currently fasting
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% because of the size of the tank
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? nutrifin, pH 7.0, prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? he has lightened from red to white-ish
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? lethargic, floating, floating on side or upside down, "S" spine, bloat, gasping for breath, when not floating lays on his side on the bottom.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 1 week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? yes. started with immediate water change. Tried to feed him a pea on the advice of local fish place, but he wouldn't eat it, fasting, and epsom salt baths 1tbsp to 1gal of water
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)?I've had him for 3 months and he was full grown when I bought him.
Elmo is my 4 year old's red veil tail beta. I have been treating him for the SBD for a week and he is not improving. Today is the 3rd day of epsom salt baths and they really seem to stress him out. I'm worried that if I continue I will kill him, and if I don't he will die anyway. His bloat seems a little better tonight, but his behavior is unchanged. I just don't know what to do next. I've had betas before and never had this issue.