What size is your tank? 1/2 gallon hospital tank (Half filled so only 1/4 gallon)
What temperature is your tank? Should be at 76
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 (Will float in divided tank or sorority for warmth if needed)
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Topfin Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? I think he's been fasting, but he hasn't been in my care so I am unsure of how much, when, and fasting
How often do you perform a water change? Planning on daily
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? Tetra Aquasafe Plus and 2 tsp/gal epsom salt (bumping it up tomorrow)
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Bloated, pine coned, tail is ragged and dark blue at top
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Have not had him back for more than 10 minutes so I do not know
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3 weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? 2 tsp/gal epsom salt soon to be 3 tsp/gal
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No. He was very healthy in my care
How old is your fish (approximately)? Older than 1 year most likely
I have not had him in my care for over a month now, but his appearance and general health has seemed to greatly diminish in the time since we gave him to our uncle. I do not know if water changes were followed or how much he was being fed.
When we gave him to our uncle, we made it very clear that Toad was to have 2 water changes weekly and to be fed a max of 10 pellets daily (He's a very big betta, but not quite a king) with fasting at least 1 day per week. I went with my uncle when he got toad his tank, gravel, decorations, food, and water conditioner.
His tank at my uncle's house is 2.5 gallons, he has 2 plastic plants, a thermometer, a stalk of live bamboo (leaves out of the water), and Prime is used for water conditioner.
Here's a video of him in qt at my house. He's been slowly deteriorating into this condition for 3 weeks. I have tried repeatedly to get my uncle to use the epsom salt that I premeasured and wrote directions for, but he only put in half of the dose that I told him too. I do not know if and when he's been fasted.