I was out of the country for 10 days and left my bettas in the care of my brother. I told him how to change the water, how much to feed them, and how often.
I came home to a large clump of freeze-dried worms in each tank. Sushi had a pretty full stomach but apart from that was fine. Jalen, on the other hand, obviously had a case of SBD and kept sinking to the bottom.
I promptly cleaned both tanks and started fasting Jalen. After three days, I fed him a cooked pea (I had seen on several other sites that this was the thing to do, and just now I saw on here that I shouldn't do that. Hopefully he'll be fine.)
I got home last Monday, and gave him the pea on Saturday. I have not seen him pass any stool, and Jalen has now had SBD for a week. I'm beginning to wonder if constipation is not the cause of his SBD. Any tips? I can tell he's completely miserable.
Oh, and why are peas not recommended?
What size is your tank? 2.5 g
What temperature is your tank? 72 F
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Not currently
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets and frozen bloodworms; brother fed them freeze-dried bloodworms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day with fasting on Sunday. Not sure how often my brother fed them.
How often do you perform a water change? Twice a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 1 50% change and 1 100% change
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? n/a
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Torn fins from struggling to the surface.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Doesn't move apart from coming up for air.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? When I got home last Monday.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I did a water change and lowered the water level to just a few inches. I also fasted him for a little more than three days (since I got home late Monday) and gave him a pea.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?