Hey guys, Peaches recently contracted SBD (i think) ._. Partly my fault for feeding him a little bit more for being a good boy :( Poor boy
For the past 2 days he hasnt been active and today he has now slanted to the side and now lies horizontally ._.
Not being a expert of illness, i took him out and put him in a QT tank and put in some API stress coat+. I read that epsom salt is a good treatment against SBD, but i do not have atm. I would run to the shops to get some but being sunday, all shops are closed in Perth ._.
its been around 1-2 hours since i QT him and added some stress coat, and his now back to vertical, with the occasional horizontal. He has also started coming up for air. I'll change the water 100% every alternate day?
My question is, should i get epsom salt tmr and treat him with it? Or should i continue with the stresscoat ( though i dont think stresscoat was meant for SBD ._. )
What size is your tank? 25L / 6.6G
What temperature is your tank? 80F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Just the filter
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 pellets, blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets a day, one in the morning, one at night and around 4-6 blood worms a day, 2-3 in the morning, 2-3 at night.
How often do you perform a water change? Every weekend, sunday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Remove about 10-20% and replace with water thats been sitting out.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? None, but recently ive been adding stress coat.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: Test kit does not show but stresscoat helps to remove chlorine and ammonia (thats what it says ;X)
Nitrite: Around 20ppm ( ive been doing water change for it)
pH: around 7 - 7.5
Alkalinity: Not sure
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Just bloated at the bladder, breathing hard.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Less active, sticks to the surface / stays at the bottom, does not want to eat, lethargic
, and recently, lying horizontally at the bottom.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About 3 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? QT it and added a little more stresscoat.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure, but he was much bigger then the rest of the bettas at the pet store.
Hope this helps ._. Thx in advance.