What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
80 degrees Fahrenheit
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?
Pellets and Freeze-Dried Bloodworms (to vary his diet)
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Twice a day, 2 pellets each time
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?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Water conditioner. I clean everything in the tank with warm/hot water
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I do have an ammonia checker floating in the tank. The ammonia level reads at <.02 ppm (SAFE)
SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Slightly swollen stomach
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
It hasn't changed too much; he is very active and attentive. I have seen him swimming a little odd (using his entire body to swim) and he's floated a bit strangely, but then he perks right back up.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
At first I thought it was Swim Bladder Disease because he was bloated and ceased to be bloated after using the bathroom (I thought it might be overfeeding, which I found odd since I was feeding him a total of 4 pellets a day, which is the minimum amount, no?). I made him fast today, and I noticed him using the restroom. So I thought perhaps it was constipation. He was back to normal throughout the day, but I just noticed he's a bit swollen again. I have not fed him anything, so I am a bit worried.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
This is the first illness I've seen. He might have ick (which I also noticed today), so I went and bought some Super Ick Cure and sprinkled the appropriate amount into his water to treat it.
How old is your fish (approximately)?
I bought him at Petsmart about a week ago. I've read they normally sell them at 6 months or later, so older than 6 months?
I'm really worried about my little guy (Finneus). I've been feeding him the recommended amount of food (2 pellets twice a day) and have spiced up his diet with one Freeze-Dried Bloodworm every other day (or whenever he decides he will not eat his pellets, which hasn't happened in awhile). I change his water every other day as well. I read that Epsom salt can help bettas if they have SBD/Bloat, but I'm not sure if that's what he has? I don't want to treat him for something he may not have.
Any and all suggestions are much appreciated. >__<||| Thank you!