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Here goes nothing! After researching over and over again I can't put my finger on it. I have had my male Twin Tail Half-Moon Betta, Kratos, for about a month now. He is in alone in a 5.5 Gallon tank, heated to 78 degrees. I changed his filter from a carbon filter (filter the tank came with, and he was having trouble swimming) to an Azoo Palm Filter. He had a mild case of fin rot when I bought him but I didn't want to medicate right away, so I turned the filter off (bc he couldn't swim properly) and did 100% water changes on him everyday adding a teaspoon of dissolved aquarium salt to hopefully (without success) help him heal without antibiotics (plus i was waiting on the new filter to come in). Once the filter was changed, he was all over the tank, fin rot not even bothering him, happy to be able to swim everywhere. After filter change and water changes, he seemed to be getting worse, waters PH was a little high so I put in some seachem neutral regulator and it did the trick. Then I started him on Maracyn-Two. We are on Day 4 and his fins have improved drastically. I fear something else is going on though. When I first got him he would eat the pellets I bought just fine, then I would randomly give freeze dried bloodworms as a treat. Now he won't eat the pellets at all. I've fasted him for 2 days and still wouldn't eat them. But will eat the bloodworms... which brings me to my question: He is going down to the gravel to look for food,even though i try to feed him pellets ? Idk if it's an internal parasite now or a picky eater? No physical signs of ich or other parasites I can see other than the fin rot. Belly kind of looks distended, possible dropsy?? but idk if it's my imagination looking for a reason why he isn't eating or??? oh and what is the white string stuff on decor? white algae or from the Maracyn?? waiting for day 6 to do his water change like the maracyn recommends... Any help would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!