My betta is sick I haven’t been able to figure it out


What is the water volume of the tank? 10 gallons
How long has the tank been running? 1 year 4 months
Does it have a filter? Yes
Does it have a heater? Yes
What is the water temperature? Usually 79
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) one betta there were three amano shrimp but they were harassing everyone. 5 nertile snails and 1 mystery snails

How often do you change the water? Every 2 weeks three if I’m really pushing it
How much of the water do you change? 25-30%
What do you use to treat your water? I use prime sometimes flourish but not lately
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water?
Just the water

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? Yes I did
What do you use to test the water? Api freshwater master kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 15-20
pH: 7.5

How often do you feed your fish? Usually every two days but she’s not eating hasn’t since Friday
How much do you feed your fish? 2 flakes day and night
What brand of food do you feed your fish? Fluval bug bites
Do you feed frozen? No but I haven’t had her long
Do you feed freeze-dried foods? No

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? Since March 6th
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? Friday morning the 25th
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? Gasping staying at the bottom of the tank not responsive to my voice darts up to the top of the tank and rubbing up close to plants and decor
Have you started any treatment for the illness? I was giving her coppersafe because I thought it might be velvet and I’ve raised her temp to 87. She started floating at the top gasping more so I stopped that Tuesday night and and doing a ratio of 1 tsp salt to 1 gallon water and she has been at the top less and back to the bottom.
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? Not that I noticed but she was always kind of darting around and surfing the glass a lot I thought she could just see herself in the tank
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? She was darting around and what I would call hyper now she is super lethargic at the bottom of the tank gasping not moving. She gained a ton of color fast from the 6th-now she’s gained a lot of dark and blue coloring.

Explain your emergency situation in detail.
(Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)
First my other betta names demon got sick. I woke up and he was at the bottom of the tank gasping and his stomach was bloated. I went out and got aquarium and Epsom salts to have on hand. I tried an epsom salt bath because most people thought he was constipated me included. A freak accident happened to where demon passed away unrelated to his illness. We had a burial and his tank was empty for 4 days. My other betta Penelope was fine during this time but she seemed uncomfortable in her tank since I got her and I figured it was because it was kind of bare and she could see her reflection a lot. She was glass surfing just basically never staying still. So I moved her into demons old tank on the 18th. I first noticed her being weird on the 25th. Just staying at the bottom of the tank and her stomach looked bloated so I kept and eye on her and she just kept getting worse. By the 27th she was at the bottom gasping and up against a plant her fins are clamped hard and she just uses her fins on the side to keep her up. Right now she is in a gallon bucket with an air stone and a heater at 87. There is an almond leaf in the bucket. She is in a mixture of 1tsp salt to the gallon of water. She stays at the bottom a lot but lately was circling the top gasping that’s when I changed her treatment to salt and she seemed to regain more control of herself and go back to the bottom. The only thing I’ve added in my tanks recently are Penelope the betta, a half wonder shell for my snails and a few new plants.
Include pictures
the photos go from most recent to when I first got her


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Is he scraping against things, gasping at the surface, or has mucus on his gills?


Is he scraping against things, gasping at the surface, or has mucus on his gills?
She hasn’t been scratching against things but she really hasn’t been like active just kind of floating around. She was like putting her body tight to the decorations in her tank and going into the plants. It doesn’t look like any mucus but I can’t really tell

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