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What size is your tank? 2.5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? Around 75
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, unsure type (Basic, cheaper filter)
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? Betta Buffet Flakes (Normally eats just fine)
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once daily, but hasn't eaten in a week

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? 30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? One drop Amquel, Fungus Guard as of late

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

Ammonia: n/a
Nitrite: n/a
Nitrate: n/a
pH: n/a
Hardness: N/A
Alkalinity: N/A

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Complete fin deterioration, loss of red color
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Constantly at the bottom of the tank on his side, "breathing" heavy, rarely swims to top for oxygen, crash lands on the bottom of the tank after
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Two weeks ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Tried Fungus Guard with no result. Contacted aquarium store purchased from and advised to continue. Thought fish would die a week ago, but still hasn't passed.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Extensive. Sick when purchased. Multiple bouts with fungus, fin rot, and SBD. Basically not what I signed up for when I bought my first betta. Never returning to the store.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Approximately around 8 months, retrospectively believe already much older at purchase.

Basically, I've had Max for eight months. I believe he was already old when I purchased him from the aquarium store, which I will not return to. He's been sick so many times, but nursed back most times. He has not eaten food in week. I clean the tank after putting in flakes and every other day I do a 30% water change. I use distilled water and add some Amquel just in case. Have not done water testing due to budget (Last time he got sick, I tried so hard and spent over budget on Max). At this point, I just sit at my desk working and get distracted by his behavior. Attached is a photo. I've considered using clover oil for the past few days, but I just can't bring myself to do it. I know I've messed up somehow, but I cannot figure out what to do for him. My first Betta has not gone well...

Please help Max. It's driving me crazy. :oops:

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I'm new to the site and having trouble with my own betta as well. I haven't been able to successfully diagnose or treat mine yet, but I found this helpful and maybe it can help you until an expert has a chance to give you a good answer. I'm not sure if you can post links here, so I'm going to alter it a bit for you. bettatalk(DOT) com/betta _ diseases.htm Hope it works for you

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Your first problem is you are using distilled water. Never use distilled water. You need to switch to drinking water or tap water, he is not getting minerals he needs to stay healthy. That's probably one reason he's been so sick.

Second, your food is a poor quality food. It's like eating McDonalds every day for every meal. Switch to Omega One or New Life Spectrum. Also, flakes cause water quality problems and can digestive issues in sensitive fish. Switching to pellets will probably help with and SBD problems you've experienced.

I can't see a picture. Can you try posting it again. It is really impossible to try to hep diagnose without one.
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