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I had bought a beautiful crowntail male about 4 weeks ago and i also bought flakes and also bloodworms freeze dried i put him in a 1.5 gallon tank with some gravel filter and a lucky bamboo and also a leaf hammock. i see small black flies falling in it it has a lid btw. the problem is he usually sits at the bottom of the tank or goes darting i do the mirror exercise too. and sometimes i see him swimming but mostly sitting in the bottom of the tank with fins clamped or erect and sometimes at the top corner with fins clamped. He didn't eat at first but today he started eating like a pig. but kept spitting it out but i think he eventually ate it as the food was gone. I found out the water was cold so i changed it twice today with the conditioner. I'm getting a heater tomorrow. Is he ok like I don't want him to die like I did everything I can and he also eats goldfish food i had for my goldfish. I see him attacking the glass sometimes but i dont see him scratching but fins in his head looked a lil different color under the light. I dont want to start medication on him simply. I have a fake plant with bristles and also a rock castle im debating on putting it in any tips suggestions would be appreciated from experienced owners who had their fish for like 5 years and aslo today i saw him idk if he's scratching or picking up food from the rocks and i have never seen him poop and i see these weird flies fallen on the top also the the scales look lighter in light around the mouth I did a research and found out they needed a heater and it was a 1.5 gal tank so i bought a 50 watt heater that maintains the temperature at 25 degree C but ever since i got it my betta has been either swimming a little and then hiding or sleeping on a leaf of vertically staying at the top with fins clamped and hardly moves them or sits at the bottom and he often goe to the top to get air. a day before the heater i put in a fake plant and a rock castle which he seemed to like and was still swimming happily making bubbles. he seems to "sleep" alot and gets frightened when i touch the tank. he tries hard to swim for some minutes but then sits at the bottom again and i noticed a lil tiny piece of his poop sticking out of his anus. when i first got him for a few days he wouldnt eat. and since the second day he used to sit at the bottom but then my parents told me to feed him and when i did he ate happily and then was swimming around since then and he used to eat alot like i used to feed him flakes twice a day and also bloodworms. there seems to be alot of tiny mosquitoes fallen at the top of his tank i have never seen him eat one of those. i did water change still no change :( im so worried please help me

^^^ ALL THAT WAS BEFORE^^^
after i found out he was constipated i let him starve and did the pea thing and it seemed to work and at the same time i noticed him having a hole in his fin and also his fins weren't looking good so i went and bought betta fix and after one or two days of treatment he was good swimming and his fins were erect and all that yesterday and today he seemed unresponsive and i also noticed his eyes getting a little bloated up or idk if it is the normal size and he is either vertically resting behind the heater or at the bottom and keep in mind i changed the water 100% before the medication and also took of the gravel and filter and all ornaments and i did the mirror thing he seemed angry at first but then just sat there im so worried
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^^^ those pics were taken yesterday today idk to me his eyes seem a bit less swollen
 

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A few things

- the pictures were a bit unclear so it was hard to get a look at him.

- Im glad you bought a heater. The water for bettas need to be kept at 80F.

- with the size tank you have you need to be doing daily water changes to prevent the ammonia from building up. If that seems like a lot of work then you might want to consider a bigger tank. if you have a 2.5 gallon you'll need to do one 50% and one 100% per week.

- You should buy a liquid water testing kit (not the strips) to test the water.

- You should buy some better quality food. Omega One Pellets and New Life Spectrum pellets are good choices. Flakes are not so good. also do not feed him goldfish food!!!!

- also bloodworms will make bettas bloated. either feed them those once in a while or not at all. good quality pellets will fine by themselves.

- also do not touch the tank. it will freak them out for sure!

- also Bettafix or any of the "fix" medications do not work.

- what conditioner do you use? Prime is a good choice.
 

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Does his belly look bloated? In picture #4 it looks like it is. The pictures don't show much detail, but I do think his eyes are a bit big. Do some research on "pop eye" and see if his eyes look like that.

Are his eyes a little cloudy, or is it just the reflection? Cloudy eye can be caused by very low pH, parasites or bacterial infection. When you get a test kit, get one that also allows you to test your water's pH.

Before starting to medicate however, you should try to get as good a diagnosis as you can. Post some pictures of your Betta with a bit more light, so the problems are more visible.

Also, regarding the plant, if it is a plastic plant it may have sharp corners where your Betta's fins can get caught in, and this could rip his fins or make holes. Silk plants are better for bettas, you can test ornaments on how safe they are by doing a test. All you need is a nylon stocking, the ones that are very fine, women's pantyhose, if you know what those are. You glide the material over the ornament/plant, if it gets caught anywhere, so will your betta's fins.

Goldfish food is really not a good choice for Bettas, because Bettas are carnivores. They get very little plant material in their natural habitat by eating insects that may eat plant material. That means you need to look at the ingredients in the food you buy for your betta.
 
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