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How many gallons is your tank?
10 gallons

Does it have a filter?

Does it have a heater?

What temperature is your tank?
A constant 77 Degrees F

Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?

Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind?

What food brand do you use?
Betta bio-gold.

Do you feed flakes or pellets?


How often do you feed your Betta? How much?
Every other day, 3-5 pellets.

Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change?
Every 3 days.

What percentage of water did you change?

Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water?
I dipped out water.

What additives do you use?
Only bettasafe water conditioner when adding new water.

Water Parameters:
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you.

Ammonia: Almost non-existent. Below .25ppm, closer to 0 ppm.
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 20ppm
pH: 7.6
Hardness (GH): n/a
Alkalinity (KH): n/a

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms?
I noticed them yesterday afternoon.

How has your Betta’s appearance changed?
Fins are extremely clamped, no other appearance changes.

How has your Betta’s behavior changed?
He doesn't move unless I touch him, or very rarily to get air from the top. If I touch him, he'll take some air from the top of the tank, swim around for a couple seconds, then go back, head into the gravel, or in a corner, or behind a silk plant, and stay there completely still.

Is your Betta still eating?

Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how?
I completed a 40% water change this morning.

Does your Betta have any history of being ill?

How long have you owned your Betta? Was he or she a rescue?
I have owned it for 2 weeks. He wasn't a rescue.

Hey there guys!

I had my betta in a 1.5 gallon tank until I read a lot and realized I need a bigger one. I bought a 10 gallon tank 3 days ago. It contains a heater which keeps everything at a cozy 77 Degrees F, and a filter that is leaving the water crystal clear.

I haven't cycled the tank, although I am doing a fish-in cycle.
This morning I did a 40% water change.

Ever since yesterday he's been extremely lethargic and only moves if I touch him or get my hands near him, and even then he swims around for a couple seconds and finds a spot to lay down. He usually lays down either head down and body up in the gravel, in the corners of the tank, or next to a fake silk plant I have. His fins are extremely clamped and he's very lethargic and not eating at all.

I checked the water levels today, and everything is fine. The ammonia is lower than 0.25 ppm, closer to 0ppm, the ph is fine (around 7.6), there are no nitrites, and the nitrates are around 20 ppm.

He doesn't have any abnormal spots or discoloring on him, and he isn't bloated.
I have no idea what's going on. I'm treating the water bettasafe conditioner and the water levels are fine, and the temperature is perfect.

He used to be very quick, swimming around everywhere, inspecting everything, playing with me, flaring and fanning out his fins.

When he swims around after I touch him, he doesn't dart around or anything, he slowly swims around.

Do you guys have any ideas?
Thank you! :)

If you need pictures, just tell me! :)

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Can anyone please help me? I have no idea as to what to do and I'm extremely worried!
its stressful I know...there is a lot of good info here and knowledgeable people but I think they have become less active.

What I have learned is this

50% water change as often as possible.
Use Seachem Prime to condition the water
Use Aquarium salt to start treatment 1 teaspoon / gallon
***If using salt do 100% water change or salt levels will get toxic

I'm sorry I cannot help more I am just learning myself but they worked wonders for me so far.
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