Lathargic/sick? Crown Tail Betta

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im very new to this and have never owned any fish before. i have a 5 gallon tank with one male crown tail betta, one male dalmation molly and one male black molly. i bought them all together and theyve been in the tank for about 6 days.
my betta is very shy and timid, my dalmation molly is kinda the king of the tank. im concered about my betta, hes very lathargic and today hes been laying around a lot.. and he has these little red marks on his face that hes had since i bought him. he goes to the surface for air and then he swims back down to the floor and lays down, he usually is hiding in the treasure chest but he was hiding in the plastic plant earlier which looked very uncomfortable, i stuck my hand in to see if his fin was stuck but he swam right out no problem when he heard me coming. i just want to make sure hes okay.. doesnt seem like it
temp is 77
PH is 6.7
 

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Okay, that tank is very overstocked. Mollies have very large bioloads and are definitely not suitable for a 5 gallon tank. I would rehome them immediately.

Can you test your ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite? Those are the most important here.

Do a 50-70% waterchange for now until we can get the rest under control.

Does he have any scales sticking out his sides? Also, did you by any chance cycle your tank?
 
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im now realizing that i shouldve done research before i got the fish, feeling pretty foolish. i have a 10 gallon tank they will be relocated to in a couple days, need to get a filter, live plants and gravel. unfortunatly i dont know what cycling the tank is, and i have no instruments to find out those levels. all i have is a PH pen and a TDS meter. he doesnt have any weird scales, but he has red marks on his face that i noticed right when i got him home. he was one of the only bettas in blue water at the store, im not sure if that means anything.

is it unusal for a betta to act this way?
 

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babiimoore said:
is it unusal for a betta to act this way?
For the most part yes.
I have an inkling that your tank is loaded on Ammonia right now and even without a test kit I'd plan to do a minimum of 50% water change immediately. And do them daily until you get a kit to monitor your cycle.
Read up on the nitrogen cycle, my phone isn't cooperating or I'd throw up a link here for you.
And move the mollies asap, on top of their bioload and the issues that is in all likelihood causing they are probably stressing your poor betta to pieces.
Unfortunately they will need regular/daily 50% water changes as well while their tank cycles also. Be prepared! Next few weeks is apt to be busy but it will be worth it when you get everything all cycled and can sit back and enjoy.

Also FYI... Mollies should be in a tank larger than a 10g and a minimum of 20g for the long run, but a 10 will work for now if you don't add any other fish.
 
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OneLittleBubble said:
It's most likely from the ammonia burns, that's why he looks pink. Do you have a filter and heater? If so you need to buy one.
after more research i agree with you. what should i buy that reads ammonia, chlorine, and nitrates??
 
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