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PLEASE HELP. My fish is sick and I don't know how to fix him.

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I had thought my fish, Enjy, had fin rot. His fins were looking a bit torn and ragged, his gills looked red, and he was getting lethargic. He's been eating and making a small bubble nest. I recently moved and had to make a water change. I use conditioner and whatnot. I realized I was not cleaning it often enough and that my heater was likely promoting bacterial growth. I decided to treat Enjy for fin rot. I began the treatment after about a week of his lethargy and a few days of noticing a change in his appearance.

Last night I put Enjy in a 1/3 gallon quarantine bowl. I put in fresh water with conditioner and aquarium salt. There's a heater in the bowl to keep him comfortable. Enjy acted like he felt some better today, but he's still lying in the bottom of the bowl a lot. He's just actually moving around when I walk by. I've seen him swim to the top for air, and once some condensation fell in the bowl and he jumped up to "eat." While he's acting better, his body looks worse. His gills look red and are protruding slightly. They look as if they're bloody. I think he may actually have ammonia poisoning. What do I do? Should I change his water and out in the BettaFix medication I got for him? Should I add more salt? Should I leave him be? I'm really concerned about him. Please help! :( I'm afraid his time may be getting short.
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I know you provided much of this info already, but will you please fill this out? Also, can you post a picture of him? A picture is worth a thousand words.

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?

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


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?


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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