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Help! Is she a goner?

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I came back from a trip (3 nights 2 days) and found my girl swimming oddly. It's as if the back of her body completely died. It seems to be creeping forward slowly. What can I do to save her or to at least help her die peacefully? Will my bottom dwellers and shrimps be okay or do I need to send them all to fishy/shrimp heaven?

I got her from a friend who was keeping a sorority. But she was getting her ass kicked around a lot so I brought her home and placed her inside my 20 gallon with 4 cory, 2 bristlenose, and some ghost shrimps. That was about 2 months ago.

Sorry for the quality of the pictures.
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What size is your tank? 20g
What temperature is your tank? 78F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Tons of live plants
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 4 cory, 2 bristlenose, ~5 ghost shrimps

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon betta pellet + live worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2x daily with fast days starting friday and ending saturday night

How often do you perform a water change? 1-2x a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 10-20
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aquasafe Plus with slime coat

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

Nitrate: 15

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? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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She looks extremely bloated.. has she always been that big in the belly?
I think she as a bit of fungus issue going on and in the fins too. I think you might be best to remove her temporarily to a quarantine tank and treat her with aquarium salt, that should heal her up pretty quickly.
I agree she looks extremely bloated. I would fast her for a few days until her belly goes down.
Looks like it could be the start of Columnaris which would make sense if she were in a sorority situation; lots of high stress and constantly getting picked on is a recipe for disaster.

Columnaris is an opportunistic bacteria, it's always in the water but it will attack when the fish is at it's lowest point. Most likely it entered into the fin bites and is working its way up. I recommend QT'ing her and treating her with either a combination of Maracyn I and Maracyn II or using Furan-2 and/or KanaPlex
She went bye bye in the QT tank while I went to go get some pet medicine. =( My QT tank is 1g bare bottom with a small heater. I had it resting in there with some AQ salt last night. Is it going to be contagious? Do I have to decontaminate my entire fish tank that housed her?

I think she ate some/a shrimp too. I've seen her bite the smaller ones in the back and rip a hole in them, she's viscous. I tried moving as many of the shrimps as I could catch into another tank with fishes that wouldn't try to eat them except for a few that I couldn't get that were really good at hiding.
Aww, I'm sorry! SIP little girl.

And no, Columnaris is opportunistic so it's either going to attack the fish or it isn't; if the fish is healthy then it won't attack the fish.
Phew thanks! It would be very sad to have to displace all the fishys that live in there. Thanks for all the help and info you've given. =)
Sorry to here of your loss.
I lost two separate sororities due to columnaris. It never affected my platies and I had newborn fry too.
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