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So a few months ago before doing any research I bought a baby betta from petco (needless to say I know better now ) so the baby has been doing fine actually better than fine he's been perfectly healthy but the past two days he's been swimming erratically not eating and his fins are together. Today I bought him a new tank thinking it would solve it. I even decided to get a ghost shrimp (stupid but I wasn't thinking) so anyways I guess I'm posting to see what's wrong and if I can put the ghost shrimp in the babies old bowl and wait until I get my 29 gallon in a few weeks. Again I know I'm new and I'm sorry but please don't attack ms for being a newbie.
 

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Please answer these questions and post some photos.

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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Cant say forsure but I have seen that before in bettas that are cold. I would get a heater right away or find another way of temporaraly heating him up and see if there is any impoval.
 

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Housing
What size is your tank? He is in a one gallon tank
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? Yes but it's off since he's sick
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? I don't even know what this means sorry.
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
None
Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Every day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Every 2 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 2 cups
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Betta safe
Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His fins are clumped together
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's at the bottom of the pool and sulking
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Two days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Yes I have been putting fish medicine in there
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 3 months
 

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1) I would do more frequent water changes. Clamped fins usually mean that he is stressed. In a 1 gallon tank, you need to be done 2 50% water changes and 1 100% water change every week.

2) What type of pellets are you feeding him? I suggest either Omega One or New Life Spectrum pellets. If money is a concern, Omega One Pellets are the same price as all of the lesser quality brands.

3) I highly suggest getting a bigger tank. Yes, bettas can do very well in 1 gallon tanks but It is a lot of work and you have to do water changes almost every day. I don't keep bettas in any tank less thank 2.5 gallons.

4) the temperature is fine. 78 is good for a betta, although i suggest getting the water up to 80 degrees.
 
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