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Hi everyone, our betta has been lethargic for about 2 weeks. The ammonia level was very high, which has been fixed. However, he has developed white areas around his gills and doesn't seem to be getting better. Anyone have ideas on what this is or how to fix? Note: we also have an apple or mystery snail in the same tank. Thanks!

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Hey how is your betta , do you need any help? Please fill out the sticky
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?

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Sorry about that happenes though . They get sick just like any other animal or human.
I hope you will rescue another betta that need home. And if you want we can figure out what happened so it will not happen again. Not sure how long you had him but sometimes people don't realize simple things they have to do, which can be very important in the fish care. So if you want we can try to figure it out.
Also i would use bleach 1:10 to disinfect the tank. There are lots of different bleaches out there. You must not use bleach with additives (many come mixed with detergent). So, find a bleach like Clorox Regular. Wash it million times and live it air dry for a few days , wash and rinse again before you use it.
You can disinfect the aquarium itself and hard pieces like glass thermometers, fish nets, hard plastic like the filter box (not the filter cartridge obviously).
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