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I've posted a couple things and have not received anything helpful in saving my betta. He's been perfectly healthy, then I went away for 2 days and came back to him suffering from ammonia poisoning. I have no idea what caused the high level of ammonia. I immediately put him in an isolated tank with AQ salt, IAL and a temp of 80-82 degrees. I've changed 100% of his water several times the past few days because the ammonia levels continued to be high. He has not improved at all and is sinking to the bottom of his tank in between sporadic breaths of air at the surface. Strangely, his fins are not at all clamped. I just really need some piece of mind that I'm doing the right treatment and would like to know if it is normal to not see any improvements after 3 days of treatment? I'm so confused as to how this happened.

What size is your tank? 2 GAL
What temperature is your tank? 80-82 deg
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

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

How often do you perform a water change? Every other day
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? dechlorinator

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? swollen gills, rapid gill movement
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? sinking to bottom, not eating, when getting breath of air very spastic
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Sunday night
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? AQ salt
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)?

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How long you have him?
Try to check the ammonia level in your tap water as soon as you can. Did you put anything new in his tank? Is the filter working good and not malfunctioned?
The pet store will check the water for you for free. If the ammonia high in your tap water buy Prime Seachem water conditioner and do series of 5 -25% water changes.
When you go to pet store take 2 samples one is your tap water without water conditioner in it and SECOND sample the water from his tank see if you are right that it indeed a water problem.

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Thanks. I had checked the ammonia in his tap water, nothing. Shortly after I posted I went home to find him gone :( I'm still baffled as to how everything happened so quickly and for reasons I can't figure out. I only had him for 7 months and my previous betta was with me for 2.5 years despite not being treated NEARLY as well.
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