What size is your tank? 1.75g QT
What temperature is your tank? no thermometer (it broke)
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, set at 78 degrees and the light's not on so I assume the temp is 78 or over
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? he's a loner for now
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? he's been fasted for the last two days but normally I feed Omega One Betta Buffet pellets and frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 times a 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? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem Prime
I picked up this little fellow at Petsmart about two or three days ago. He was having trouble swimming down to the bottom of his very dirty cup. He started out in 2 tsps of epsom salt per gallon but I upped it to 3 tsps today. He's shown absolutely no sign of improvement. He floats, most of the time on his side. When startled, he tries to swim down and ends up just thrashing all over the place before wearing out and bobbing back up to the surface like a cork. I haven't attempted to feed him yet because I was waiting for him to regain some control of his swim bladder but now I wonder if he might not have a genetic problem. Aside from the epsom salt, is there anything else I can do to help him regain control? He looks so pitiful floating there.
I should mention that until today, he was actually in a much smaller QT that I couldn't heat because I was afraid he was going to hurt himself thrashing around trying to reach the bottom. Room temp varies from 75 in the morning to around 77 in the afternoon but the temp has fallen so I thought I'd better get him into a heated tank.