Last Friday, I saw that my betta's body was horribly lumpy looking:
(There's a lump on his other side that is so bad you can see white skin (?) showing between the stretched out scales.)
It doesn't look like the pictures of dropsy I have seen. I have been trying to treat for constipation--I fasted him for 2 days, fed him a bit of pea. No effect. Yesterday I gave him an Epsom salt bath (1 Tbsp in 1 gallon, 15 minutes). No effect.
Should I keep trying to feed him bits of pea, or give him another Epsom salt bath, or what?
I am very worried about him, and he seems miserable. He is spending most of his time hiding in his hidey hole at the bottom of the tank.
5 gallons, filtered, heated
nitrate: <5 ppm
established June 2004
weekly 25% water change
I recently switched to a different food because the store was out of the kind I usually get.