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Housing:
How many gallons is your tank? 1
Does it have a filter? no
Does it have a heater? no
What temperature is your tank? 72
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Does your Betta have tank mates? no

Food:
What food brand do you use? New Life Spectrum/Aqueon
Do you feed flakes or pellets? Pellets, Bloodworms
Freeze-dried or frozen? Freeze-dried
Live? no
How often do you feed your Betta? How much? every other day, 2 pellets

Maintenance:
Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform water changes? every other week.
What percentage of water did you change? all
What additives do you use? none
What brand name of water conditioner? Prime

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms? today, september 7th.
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? he is bloated, hasnt changed yet.
How has your Betta’s behavior changed? it hasnt.
Is your Betta still eating? yes
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? no
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? no
How long have you owned your Betta? about 4-5 months
Was he or she a rescue? no
Was he or she ill when bought or given? no


Dont know whats wrong with my betta, see picture attached I wanna fix him!!!

 

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Please ignore the previous post, they aren't very nice to any one.

Your fish looks like he has SBD, don't feed him this week and dose Epsom salt.

You're tank is also to small with not enough water changes, please upgrade to at least a 2.5. With a heater of course, 72 is not warm enough for a Betta to be active and happy.
 

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Please ignore the previous post, they aren't very nice to any one.

Your fish looks like he has SBD, don't feed him this week and dose Epsom salt.

You're tank is also to small with not enough water changes, please upgrade to at least a 2.5. With a heater of course, 72 is not warm enough for a Betta to be active and happy.
any ideas where to find that salt? sorry!
 

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Any Pharmasave, or Walmart.
You can use it in a bath for your self to! So it's not just for fish!

I would work on getting a larger tank with a heater first though. Craigslist always has good stuff.
 

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Bettas are a tropical fish so 72° is a little chilly, you want to raise the temperature to 78-82°. That might be a little difficult in a small container without a heater. Is there any way you can upgrade him to a larger one? Preferably 2.5 to 5 gallons. A larger container is easier to heat. You should look into an adjustable heater. I would also be doing water changes at least every other day in a 1 gallon tank. You can also add 2 drops per gallon of Prime to temporarily detoxify ammonia. I would also recommend a fast. We want to get his metabolism going with a temperature increase more food isn't going to help. Did you happen to see him poop lately? Was it white & stringy by any chance?

I would hold off on a Epsom salt treatment until you get the water changed and the tank to the proper temperature. A fast might be all he needs at this point and putting him through an Epsom salt treatment might just cause unnecessary stress.

Epsom salt can be found at the Supermarket or a Pharmacy. You want pure Magnesium Sulfate with no scents or aloe. It would be a good thing to have on hand if the fast and temperature increase is ineffective.
 

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sounds great, i will see what i can do about the tank size, the temperature is just a guess to be honest. i do not have a heater, but there is a light to help with the temperature a little.
 

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Try to get a thermometer if you can. A light isn't ideal but if you have a thermometer at least we can see where you stand. You really can't regulate the temperature with a light.

It's not the best solution, but a 7 watt preset heater might work in a pinch and the thermostat will shut itself off when it reaches 78°.

Can you move him into a warmer part of the house temporarily until you can get him a larger tank with a heater?
 
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