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Emergency please help!

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I noticed that our fish Petunia started clamping yesterday, and today, she has trouble swimming, she cant really swim down and she is having a lot of trouble. Her body goes really crooked every now and then, as shown in the pictures..
She ate normally yesterday. My friend just started giving her tank a good cleaning, and saw white poop float out.. She said it was mostly brown though. I have no idea what this is, but I'm worried because we haven't cleaned that tank in a while, its a 2 gal I think, i'm just so worried. Does anyone know what this is and how to treat it?? She did get stuck (I think) in her hut because she was floating at the top of it. Also, she keeps looking like she's flaring, I think she's gasping for air..

What size is your tank? 2.5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 20C
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no but I have a heater if I need it. its a 2 to 10gal heater
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? I soak them for about ten minutes, then give about 2 a day, skipping once or twice a week

How often do you perform a water change? usually once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 75%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API Tap water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? no


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? crooked back every now and then, usually when she is still
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Has her gills open a lot like she is flaring, (gasping for air?) and clamping yesterday
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Clean water changes everyday starting today
Does your fish have any history of being ill? One side of her gill being larger than the other and crooked back when she was still sometimes.. hasn't really come back until now.
How old is your fish (approximately)? No clue. but We got her in Mid-March


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She also swims head down a lot D:
A couple things jumped out at me-

20C is way too cold for a betta, they need to be at around 76-82 degrees Farenheit, (24-28C)

Do you only feed bloodworms? Bloodworms are an occasional treat, but they do need a high quality pellet like Omega One or New Life Spectrum, bloodworms are sort of "potato chips" for bettas.

in an unfiltered 2.5 tank, water changes should be a done a few times a week, once a week would be fine if it was cycled, but without a filter it needs to be done more often.

White poop is usually a sign of parasites, but that's not really my area of expertise, so hopefully someone will come along soon and confirm :)
You say: "but I'm worried because we haven't cleaned that tank in a while..." What is "a while?"
@strawberry12 Thank you so much for your help. I'm worried she has ammonia poisoning..
@russel I feel so bad, we just got a puppy and have had tons of major events happen and its been a stressful week. I feel terrible. I think it has ben a week.
Sounds a lot like Ammonia poisoning. But it could also be shock caused by going from a dirty tank to clean water. When you've let maintenance go for a while (and we've all done it; life happens) do partial water changes of about 25% over several hours.

Sounds as if there's a lot more going on than just bad habitat conditions. Like Strawberry12 said: Maybe someone will come on who has more insight.

Good luck!
@russel thank you so so much for your help and encouragement. Do you think there is any chance it could be TB? I'm sorry I'm just paranoid!
I don't know. Wish I did.
Thank you russel and strawberry!
I gave her tank a good 100% water change, and she is very enthusiastic! Wouldn't say she is lethargic, but she still has the back bending.
Personally I would wear disposable gloves whenever working with her, just in case it is fish TB. Wish I had more to say that might help, but I'm afraid I don't.
@elleth Really? I'm scared now!! Can I catch this?
Yes, if you have a cut or something and it gets in there. Fish TB can be passed to humans.

That is, of course, if it is fish TB. I personally just wear disposable gloves whenever I do anything with any of my fish, even the ones I'm positive don't have it. Helps prevent any cross contamination between tanks, too, which is important to me since I have 8 (soon to be 9) bettas.
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