What size is your tank? 2.5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 72-78 degrees
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
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day*
How often do you perform a water change? once a week, I do a full water change
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? Water conditioner, aquarium salt
Have you tested your water? No.
If so, what are the following parameters?
(I've purchased some tester strips off Amazon, and they should arrive shortly!)
Symptoms and Treatment
How old is your fish (approximately)? I bought my betta fish from Petsmart about one year ago (Nov 11).
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Apollo is paler (I think, he was already a very pale pink when I purchased him), and now appears to have fin rot. Occasionally, his belly swells up like balloon (swim bladder disorder).
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He frequently can't swim down, and rests at the top of the water in his tank.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
It all started about two weeks ago, when he first got swim bladder disorder. I figured I was feeding him too much and began to fast him. He'd then be fine for a couple days. But then I'd feed him again (1-2 pellets) and he'd swell up again. This was a vicious cycle. Finally, I didn't feed him for a couple days, and he swelled up again without any food in his body. I figured he had internal parasites, and treated him for those. He was fine for a couple days while being fed, and then I noticed his fins had red tips. Over the next day I noticed that his fins were getting weaker at the ends and now it looks like the end of his tail was snipped off. I began treating him for that. Today I fed him and his belly swelled up again and he can't swim down (well he can, but he starts floating back up to the top of his tank again.).
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Yes, I've been treating him for swim bladder with Jungle's Parasite Clear. I've been treating his fin rot with Jungle's Fungus Clear. He has also been treated with maracyn-oxy and ampicillin previously.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
He had pop-eye in late August.
How do I prevent him from getting swim bladder again and again? I'm not sure what is wrong with him/what he has. I don't want to lose my little guy.