Originally Posted by ksage505
If he is bloated, I suggest you give him a salt bath. You will need to use epsom salt. Mix 1 teaspoon of salt per gallon of water. If you have a quarantine tank or bucket, something like that, I suggesting using it for the salt bath. Make sure you use water conditioner and make sure the water is the same temperature as his aquarium water. I would let him soak for an hour or so first of all and see if that helps. Otherwise, keep him in the salt for 1-2 days or until the bloating goes down. I'm not an expert on this subject so someone please correct me if I have anything wrong here.
My betta was bloated an the hour salt bath fixed him right up. His belly had been swollen for about four or five days and I noticed he wasn't pooping. I gave him an hour salt bath and as soon as I put him back in his aquarium he pooped and his belly went back to normal size.
use salt only as a second choice. i've said this before, and i'll say it again.
see if the fish has to poop, before resorting to salts. it could be something as simple as the fish is constipated and needs to clear out his system, or it could very well be something that requires the salt. but, you ALWAYS try the fasting BEFORE resorting to salts. i've NEVER had to rely on salt to help a bloated fish. Cup, was the only problem fish i had, and i DO wish i had epsom salts when i had trouble with him, but i tried fasting first. that didn't work, and i wish i COULD have tried salts as a second treatment.