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I got my half moon, a couple of days ago, he looked very vibrant and active at the store, but today we noticed him not being able to swim very well. It looks as though his bum sinks (back half, tail area). That was in the morning. When I came home from school, he was floating on his side and still having trouble swimming, his find seem to be shrinking and sticking together and his color is a lot duller. He was very bright blue but now he is a light reddish/purple color! I need help!!
 

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If you answer these questions it will help us to help you:

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

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?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
 

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Housing
What size is your tank? Half gallon tank
What temperature is your tank? 74
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Color enhancing pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice a day (as instructed by packaging)

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Only had him 5 days and have change the water once
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Less vibrant color, shrunken fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?cant swim well, floats on side
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Not yet
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
 

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Okay, to start, a half gallon needs daily 100% water changes and is in general VERY small. Is upgrading to a bigger tank an option? Even a gallon jar or similar container would be better than a half gallon. Ammonia will build up in a half gallon VERY quickly and it is poison to your fish friend. A larger tank is actually less work to do and your fish will thank you for it! 2.5 gallons is usually the minimum tank size. But really, at least a gallon would probably help you see improvement.

Secondly, a heater is pretty much required unless you live somewhere tropical. Bettas need warmer water, so 74 is a little on the cool side. 80 is the preferred temperature.

Does your food say something like "Feed as much as he can eat in a minute." Or something similar? If it does, throw that suggestion RIGHT out the window. It's too much and can be what's causing him to have issues. He could be bloated or constipated. Anywhere between 3-6 pellets a day is usually what is fed depending on how big they are. I personally do 3 in the morning and 3 at night for my boys. Try not feeding him for a few days and see if he improves. Don't worry, they can go a very long time without food, so a few days will not hurt him and it should help to clear out his system.

Hope that helps.
 
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