My poor Chester has been sick for a few weeks now. I am not sure what to do next...really hoping to get some help here!
What size is your tank? Originally I had him in a 1.5 gallon tall tank but I have since moved him into a shallow 2 gallon tank.
What temperature is your tank? 76-78
Does your tank have a filter? It did until I started medication..
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? Betta Bites(pellets) and Betta Dial-A-Treat (dried creatures) I alternate so he gets a good mix.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day
How often do you perform a water change? Once every week to two weeks normally
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 75-100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? BettaSafe (Water Conditioner) and Atison's Betta SPA
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I took water in to a local fish specific pet store and had them test it. I'm not sure what the exact parameters were but he said they were fine.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has a little bit of bloating on the right side of his belly. The person at the pet store also said the veins in his fins were inflamed which was a sign of some type of infection. However, my lil guy is mostly white and I wonder if his veins were always more pronounced because of that...
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He basically lays on the bottom of the tank and seems to be unable to swim easily. It seems like a huge struggle for him to get up to eat/breathe. He has also stopped making his lovely bubble nests. His appetite is still normal and he still loves to show off his fancy frills!
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3 weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? The pet store recommended Atison's Betta SPA so I have been adding that to his water. They also had me treat him with Bifuran for a week. (No change)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not since I got him.
How old is your fish (approximately)?Unknown..I've had him for about 6 months.
I'm not sure if it's SBD/bloat or something else...I have tried fasting him for a day without luck. His little heater doesn't have a thermostat so I am not sure how to raise the temp to 80 as some sites suggest.
And the whole "Pea" thing is confusing to me...some places say to do it and others say to never do it. Is it really that bad? At this point shouldn't I give it a shot?
I feel lost and it totally breaks my heart to see him like this.