I've been worried about one of my Bettas, Xavier, since I got him about two weeks ago. *He stays towards the top of the tank, and when he is at the bottom, it isn't for very long. *He stays in one spot at the top of the tank for long periods of time, then will change positions and do the same thing somewhere else. *He holds himself with his tail pointed downwards, with his body slightly tilted. *His tail and other fins are always closed up (I believe this is referred to as "clamping"?). *His belly always has a slightly bloated appearance and is silver in color...though could this just be his coloration there? *To me, this sounds like swim bladder disease. *But I'm new to Bettas, so some help would be fantastic! *I'm really worried about him!
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees F
Does your tank have a filter? It did, but it took up most of Xavier's side of the tank, so I currently have it removed in hope that it makes things easier for him.
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No.
Is your tank heated? No.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Divided tank with another male. *Tank mate is showing no signs of illness...unless you count being a pig!
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets, once a day. *He recently had problems with bloating.
How often do you perform a water change? 50% once a week when the filter was in. *Not quite sure what I should be doing now that I've removed it.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra water conditioner.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Not tested.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He hasn't really changed, but I find his bloated belly with the silver coloration to be off.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's been...odd since I got him. *He's not nearly as active as my other Betta is.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Shortly after buying him.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I removed the filter so he didn't have to fight the current.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Unknown.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown. *He's only about 1.5 inches long body wise, so I'm guessing he's young.
Sorry I have no pictures...my dad took my camera hunting with him. XP