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Hi everyone, I’m new to the community this is my first post. I’ve had my Betta fish for a couple of years he is housed in a 5 gallon tank. Yesterday I noticed him on the bottom of the tank gasping for breath. I moved him to a quarantine tanks just so I could clean out his 5 gallon if I need to. He is still just laying on the bottom of the tank and I poured a lot of the water out so he doesn’t have to go far to get Oxygen, which he does if I move the tank he’ll go up to the top but otherwise he just lays on the bottom gasping. I see no visible signs of any disease, but I don’t know much.. He doesn’t appear to have any visible signs of illness so I don’t know how to diagnose and treathim. Help please! He doesn’t have long.
 

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I think he is dying because he is old... complte this so we can help you more

Housing:
How many gallons is your tank?
Does it have a filter?
Does it have a heater?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind?

Food:
What food brand do you use?
Do you feed flakes or pellets?
Freeze-dried?
How often do you feed your Betta? How much?
Maintenance:
Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change?
What percentage of water did you change?
What is the source of your water?
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water?
What additives do you use other than conditioner? What brand of conditioner?
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. Important: Test your water before the regular water change; not after one.

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness (GH):
Alkalinity (KH):

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms?
How has your Betta’s appearance changed?
How has your Betta’s behavior changed?
Is your Betta still eating?
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how?
Does your Betta have any history of being ill?
How long have you owned your Betta?
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased?
 

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I think he is dying because he is old... complte this so we can help you more

Housing:
How many gallons is your tank? 5gallons
Does it have a filter? Yes
Does it have a heater? Yes
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Does your Betta have tank mates? No
What kind?

Food:
What food brand do you use?Glo Fish Special flake food
Do you feed flakes or pellets? Flakes
Freeze-dried? not sure
How often do you feed your Betta? 2x day How much? tiny pinch that he finishes
Maintenance:
Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change? 1x/wk
What percentage of water did you change? 25%
What is the source of your water? I was using RO with Reolenish to feature GH but I had a knee replacement surgery last week so I can’t drive to the fish store to get RO so now I am using tap water with Seachem Discus Buffer to bring the pH levels down.
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water? Vacuum substrate
What additives do you use other than conditioner? Microbe lift night out starter bacteria, Seachem Stability What brand of conditioner? API Stresscoat or Prime
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. Important: Test your water before the regular water change; not after one.

Ammonia: tiny trace less than .25ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm
pH: 6.8
Hardness (GH): 30
Alkalinity (KH): 120

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms? Yesterday
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? It hasn’t changed
How has your Betta’s behavior changed? He is usually a very friendly and inquisitive fish- always swims over to look at me when I approach the tank. No fear of anything new I introduce to him i.e. ping pong ball to play with. Yesterday morning I found him lying in the bottom of the tank gasping for air. I moved him to a quarantine tank in case I needed to do a 50-100% water change and have the water very shallow so he can get his head on top of the water for air.
Is your Betta still eating? No
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? I added aquarium salt and Stress Coat
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? No
How long have you owned your Betta? 2yrs
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased? No
 

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It might be old age as Betta4ever said. Like people, they do slow down.
I'd recommend to watch him, and consider adding resting places near the surface for him.
You might also want to stop the aquarium salt, sometimes that can cause heavy breathing.

Hope it's just an odd passing thing, keeping my fingers crossed!
 
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