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Help! I don't want my betta to die:(

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My betta has a history of being sick. He's had fin rot, ick, lack of appetite.
Lately he isn't eating and lays at the bottom of his tank. I did a water change last night and it seemed to perk him up, he swims around for a bit sometimes. When I was doing the water change I noticed that one of his fins was torn and looked like it was encased in fuzzy stuff (like when extra food sinks to the bottom of the tank and rots). Then the torn piece of fin fell off. I also noticed that what started out as a white patch on his chin area has spread and is reaching towards his underbelly. The two fins beside his head seem like they have little holes in them, I'm not sure if it;s left over from the fin rot he had a while ago. Please help:(

What size is your tank? 1.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? i think around 72 degrees f
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? bettamin flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? every day


How often do you perform a water change? whenever the water starts looking gross

What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? around 50%

What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? The chlorine remover

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? What started out as what looked like a whitish scale on his chin has spread and is now reaching towards the fins on his belly.

How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He lays at the bottom of his tank.

When did you start noticing the symptoms? I noticed the patch a long time ago, but couldnt remember if it had always been there or not.

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no, I just did a water change wich seemed to perk him up.

Does your fish have any history of being ill? yes
How old is your fish (approximately)? I'm not sure, I won him at a school dance maybe four or five month ago.
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Welcome to the forum and sorry your Betta isn't well....

It sounds like poor water quality and too cool of temp has caught up with him and compromised his immune response.....but this is an easy fix in most cases.....

In the 1.5gal filtered tank-I would recommend twice weekly water changes of 50%...1-50% water only and 1-50% to include the substrate by vacuum or stir and dip method

Filter media needs a swish/rinse in the bucket of old tank water with a water change a couple of times a month....

Filters are optional for this species and sometimes in the smaller tanks the water movement can stress them.
Filters can help to remove the larger debris from the water column-but until the biological filter is established the debris is being recycled over and over in the filter and water changes are still needed on a regular bases to keep ammonia controlled as well as the DOC's

If you remove the filter-water changes of twice weekly will still be needed...1-50% and 1-100% to maintain water quality....

Nutrition is also really important-a good quality varied diet fed in small frequent meals-don't overfed and remove any uneaten food within a reasonable time.....

You may need to get a heater-it is important to maintain a somewhat stable temp in the 76-80F range

You do need a thermometer to monitor both the tank temp and the temp of the replacement water used for water changes-It is important to try and keep the water temp between the new and old water within a few degrees of each other to prevent temp shock-extreme sudden temp changes can be stressful and sometimes kill Bettas.....

Right now-I would get a heater to get the temp up and do 50% daily water changes for 2-3 days and see if this will perk him up and then get on a regular water change schedule to maintain water quality and prevent health and fin issue...

Keep us posted...if he doesn't perk up in a few days with increase temp and water changes-he may need a treatment....

Also, can you post a pic....
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