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Is this a stressed betta? What can I do? His colors are usually very bright and he's usually really active. He used to be a happy betta but now he just sits at the bottom of the tank and he doesn't eat. Maybe he's just getting old?


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Hi there, here is the link on this forum to Betta fish care:
You can also try Kordon Fish Protector, it is herbal and has Echinacea, it promotes immune system function, repairs scale tissue and reduces stress. My prayers are with you for strength!

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He could be getting old or his behavior change could be due to stress or illness, its hard to know without more information. Please fill out this form and if possible get a couple more pictures including one taken from above. That will greatly help in determining what may be wrong and what treatment, if any, is needed.


How many gallons is your tank?
How long has the tank been set up?
Does it have a filter? If so, how long has it been cycled?
Does it have a heater?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind?
Is the tank planted?


What food brand do you use?
Do you feed flakes or pellets?
How often do you feed your Betta, and how much?


Before your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change?
If you have gravel substrate how often did you vacuum before your fish became ill?
If you answered yes to having a filter; before your fish became ill how often did you perform filter maintenance (cleaning)?
What percentage of water did you change before your fish became ill?
What dechlorinator do you use?
Do you use any additional additives? If so, what specifically do you use and why?

Water Parameters:
Which brand of liquid test kit(s) do you use?
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numerical numbers. Test results should be from the tank the fish was in when it became ill.
(If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you.)

Hardness (GH):
Alkalinity (KH):

Symptoms and Treatment:

When did you first notice the symptoms?
How has your Betta’s appearance changed?
How has your Betta’s behavior changed?
Is your Betta still eating?
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how? List medications if any.
Does your Betta have any history of being ill?
How long have you owned your Betta?
Was he or she a rescue (was he/she sick when you got him)?
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