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Hi, I've had my betta 5 months now, lately he's been lacking color and fin shape, but in the past few days he has been flaring all around hitting off of objects in the tank, has white spots under his chin and is barely using his bottom fin. He only comes up to get air and went from a nice vibrant blue to a washed out red with thin fins and white eyes, im very scared for him. I took a trip to the pet store and they recommend i buy betta revive and a thermometer to adjust his water temp. Ive started treatment today and hes just laying around or floating at the top constantly. Does anyone have any suggestions? Hes in really rough shape.. poor thing, i think its a fungal infection at best guess.. attached is a before and after photo, he lives in a 1 gallon tank with a small light overhead.. help!!
 

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Please answer all of these questions.

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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Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 20 degrees celcius
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Flakes and blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? Flakes 5 days a week, worms once a week

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 75-100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Have not tested water

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Color dramically decreased, fins thin and close to body, white spots under chin area
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hes very lazy and has been spending a lot of time floating or sitting at the bottom unless he needs air, he will zip around the tank rapidly hitting objects all over, he has minimal use of his bottom fin and swims oddly
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Color and fins within the past few weeks have slowly declined, other symptoms rapidly within the past two days
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Removed all objects from tank, replaced 80% of water, increased temperature slightly, started treatment with betta revive drops today
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 5-6 months
 

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Well there is your problem....

To start, you absolutely need a heater. Bettas cannot live healthy lives without one. They are tropical fish. They need water that is constantly at 26 degrees C.

Also you are not doing enough water changes. A 1 gallon tank needs 100% water changes every other day.
 
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Hello, bettas need heaters, this is very important, the reasoning is they are tropical fish, and the water has to be stable. Their water should between 77-80 Please spend a little extra on a adjustable heater, preset heaters often have problems holding a stable temp. Please consider getting your betta a larger home, a large critter keeper, or 2.5 Value Choice, or a bare bottom 5 gallon tank are great options. One gallons are hard to heat and also difficult to maintain. In a one gallon the ammonia and toxins will build fast, poising your betta. Flake food are not healthy for bettas. Most members use NLS or Omega One pellets, they are high in protein and low in fillers. Remember warm, clean, stable temp water=Happy Betta:lol: Good Luck, keep us posted!
 
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