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Hello and welcome to the forum!

I'm sorry to hear that your baby isn't doing well. Would you mind filling this form out for us, please? It'll help us to better assess what's going on and give better recommendations on what to do to help him. Thanks!

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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Housing:
How many gallons is your tank? 2.5
Does it have a filter? Yes
Does it have a heater? Yes
What temperature is your tank? About 76
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?no
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind?no

Food:
What food brand do you use? Aqueoun
Do you feed flakes or pellets?pellets
Freeze-dried? No
How often do you feed your Betta? Every other day How much? 4-5 pellets.

Maintenance:
Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change? Every 4 weeks
What percentage of water did you change?90%
What is the source of your water? Well water
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water? I take the whole thing apart and scrub it and the gravel
What additives do you use other than conditioner? What brand of conditioner? Aqueon

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.
NEVER TESTED
Ammonia: NA
Nitrite:NA
Nitrate:NA
pH:NA
Hardness (GH):NA
Alkalinity (KH):NA

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms? Intermittently since I got him March 2021
How has your Betta’s appearance changed? No except for the bulge
How has your Betta’s behavior changed?no
Is your Betta still eating? Yes
Have you started treating your Betta? NO If so, how?
Does your Betta have any history of being ill? Not that I know of
How long have you owned your Betta? Since March 2021
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased? He or she looks better than when I was gifted him/her
 

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I have a few recommendations to suggest?

Firstly, I would advise against completely scrubbing out the tank and all every month or so. It resets the cycle in the tank and can cause stress to him.
I would also recommend sooner water changes, it's advised to do them weekly. Here's a few links you may want to look at!
CYCLING: the two-sentence tutorial
Oldfishlady water change recommendations


Belly wise. Try fasting him for three days then feeding part of a shelled, unfrozen pea.

Hope this helps and he gets to feeling better soon!
 
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thank you so much! I will definitely switch how I do this. I just ordered a vacuum so I don’t have to take all the rocks out and scrub them by hand which is what I’ve been doing lol.
Is Nemo a girl or a boy?

QUOTE="Eridanus, post: 1852580782, member: 321825"]
I have a few recommendations to suggest?

Firstly, I would advise against completely scrubbing out the tank and all every month or so. It resets the cycle in the tank and can cause stress to him.
I would also recommend sooner water changes, it's advised to do them weekly. Here's a few links you may want to look at!
CYCLING: the two-sentence tutorial
Oldfishlady water change recommendations


Belly wise. Try fasting him for three days then feeding part of a shelled, unfrozen pea.

Hope this helps and he gets to feeling better soon!
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That's great! The vacuum will definitely help make it easier. 🙂

Nemo's a boy! And a beautiful one!!

And, my apologies. I realized a typo in my previous post.
You'll want to feed part of an unshelled, unfrozen pea to him, so sorry for not catching that sooner!
 

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Thank you… I think his fins and tail are especially pretty ! They are just this gorgeous fluttery mass!
What kind of tail does he have?
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That's great! The vacuum will definitely help make it easier. 🙂

Nemo's a boy! And a beautiful one!!

And, my apologies. I realized a typo in my previous post.
You'll want to feed part of an unshelled, unfrozen pea to him, so sorry for not catching that sooner!
 

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I'd suggest Daphnia as it works as a good laxative for bettas and is really good for them considering they are carnivorous. I use frozen. Hikari brand.

 

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I can't tell very well since he isn't flaring, but I'd guess rosetail or Delta maybe!
 

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I really reccomend a minimum of 5 gallons for bettas to be happy. So I would get that ASAP. But also do water changes once a week at least and only scrub everything down like once a month. Read about cycling that others put the link to because ammonia poisoning is serious! You are also feeding too much pellets. I reccomend only feeding 2-3 pellets EVeryday 1-2 times a day. I also give my betta a “fast” day without feeding him so he can digest that day. Feed him a little peice of pea and he will be better soon! But if you don’t get your tank cycled (and get at least a 5gal) your betta will have more issues in the future.
 

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Ok! I would love to try some! Just ordered from Amazon. I’m going to refrain from feeding until they get here Wednesday and then give them and see. Thank you
I'd suggest Daphnia as it works as a good laxative for bettas and is really good for them considering they are carnivorous. I use frozen. Hikari brand.

 

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Just to mention:
Tank size is up to everybody‘s personal preference or spatial conditions.

Although I always recommend a 5 gal for easier stabilizing of water parameters, appropriate water changes and vacuuming are the key factors in keeping a Betta healthy and thriving.

There‘s no scientific finding that Betta need a bigger tank size.
 
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