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I got this beautiful red dragon scale betta and after a week his fins went from beautiful plumage to looking like the tips of the fins are stuck together. I have done a water exchange, used finfix, and added salt. What else can I do for him? Please help. He is so beautiful and caught my eye the moment I walked into the stor and don't want to loose him
 

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please answer those questions.

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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Sorry, I have been having trouble logging back in. And I have had problems posting now. fingers crossed that this will work!!
Housing
What size is your tank? 3.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 76 degrees
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
**I have never had a filter or air stone for a betta before, and I have had bettas live 5+years for me. of course those bettas were sold simply as "male bettas" for $3.99**
Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? I use flake and pellet, this guy has started showing no intrest in flakes so I stopped using them, and I also use freeze dried blood worms, mysis, and dyphnia as treats, but he has now gotten to the point that he is not wanting to swim to the top for the treat so I have stopped those now too.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Daily, when I get up and when I get home from work. I watch him when I feed him and make sure that he eats and doesn't have a lot of waste. His bowl is now next to myside of the bed so that I can watch him easily.
Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? I have done one complete water change and that was when he started showing signs of problems
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? I change 25% of it weekly to biweekly. I test the water once a week and make sure that there is not a spike in anything, if the test have not changed I will not change the water to avoid stressing him, but any elevation I change out his water, if it is too high I will do either a higher percentage to a complete water exchange.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I will add a stress coat and a table spoon of aquarium salt.
Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? I test with the strip instead of chemicals. it is better for my household to use the strips (I have dogs and children). I am at work while posting this so I don't have my exact results, but I do make sure that everything is within the perameters of neautral or considered ideal, any variation wether it is an increase or decrease I do a water exchange.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? fins appear to be stuck together
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? not swimming around, no acknowledgement (I know this sounds strange but my bettas have always seem to know me and comes to the side of the tank for me or up to the top for me to hand feed)
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Last Friday (6/6), he was fine in the morning and when I came home to him he was ill
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes, I did a complete water change even though the water did not indicate the need (tested) I started giving him bettafix
Does your fish have any history of being ill? NO
How old is your fish (approximately)? about a month old to me, I don't know how old he was when he was shipped to the pet store.

I have attached picture of what he looks like now, and he had been very vibrant, wiggly, bubble blowing and beautiful, I didn't get a before picture
 

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A couple things that stand out which could be contributing to your betta's problems and are easy to change:

--If your water stays at a constant 76 degrees, that's fine, though on the low side, and it may help to bump up the temperature a couple of degrees. A small, adjustable heater would do the trick.
--I would recommend cutting out the freeze dried food and using frozen as a treat instead. Freeze dried food can cause digestive issues, as can flake foods. Get a good quality betta pellet - the most recommended around here are New Life Spectrum and Omega One Betta Buffet.
--In a 3.5 gallon, unfiltered tank, you need to be doing two water changes per week - one 50% and one 100%, meaning cupping your fish, cleaning the gravel, wiping the tank down, etc, with the 100%.
--Test strips are almost 100% inaccurate and will not tell you anything useful. Liquid tests are the way to go. I have small kids and pets too, and I just keep the fish chems in a locked cabinet. I would pick up a liquid ammonia test kit and test daily until you get an idea of how the levels go. You want to do a water change anytime it approaches or exceeds .25ppm on the test.
--Back off on the aquarium salt. You should really only be adding around 1/2 of a teaspoon if you're going to add it regularly. All that salt is stressing his kidneys, which could actually be a main contributor to his illness right now. The rule of thumb is 1 tsp per 5-10 gallons of water, and when you do a water change only replace salt for the volume of water you removed. Meaning if you do only a 50% change, only add 1/4 of a tsp back in or else you're just increasing the concentration each time.

One last thing I'd say is to consider filtering your tank. With a small tank, you'll still need to do regular water changes even with a filter, but having a filter will make the tank more "forgiving" if you have to stretch it a day or so between changes as well as keep things healthy for your fish in between.
 

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+ 1 to givemethatfish

There are a lot of nasties that don't necessarily show up on water tests, especially the rather unreliable strip tests. Unclean water is the primary culprit here, methinks.
 

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It's quite possible. Bettas are pretty tough. Follow what givemethatfish said and keep us updated.
 
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