Last night our fish Rock N Roll was showing signs of swim bladder disease (seemed to have trouble staying upright, kept tipping to/swimming on his side, looked bloated, seemed to have trouble straightening out his body). I made the "diagnosis" after doing some online reading. One of the suggestions I saw on another site was to try feeding a tiny bit of cooked pea, which I did before I saw in a sticky here that you shouldn't do that (anyone happen to know why?) I also went out and bought some epsom salt last night but held off on doing the epsom bath because I read it was stressful for fish and didn't want to cause him too much stress all in one night. This morning, he seems to be doing better - staying upright much better, swimming around more, blowing bubbles. Not 100% back to his usual self but getting there.
So, my question is: should I still do the epsom bath (will it give him any additional benefit) or should I just fast him for a day or two and see how he does? He was, until a day or two ago, on a diet of only bloodworms due to bad advice I was given at the pet store. I had just switched him to pellets, which will be his primary food source going forward. He is a very tiny fish, but pretty energetic, but I think I will feed him only 4 pellets (2, 2x/day) going forward because he's so small.
I also intend to do a water change today, operating under the assumption that he had some constipation going on that may have...uh...resolved...overnight (I didn't think to remove the multicolored aq gravel substrate from his bowl so it's really hard to tell).
Anything else I should be doing to help his recovery?