Red Specs On Ends Of Find Lethargic Fish

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What is the water volume of the tank? fluval spec v
How long has the tank been running? 2 1/2 weeks
Does it have a filter? yes
Does it have a heater? yes a 50watt
What is the water temperature? 78
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) 1 betta

Maintenance
How often do you change the water? every 2-3 days
How much of the water do you change? 1-2 gallons
What do you use to treat your water? aqueon water conditioner then switched to seachem prime
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? suck up anything yucky looking.

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? no
What do you use to test the water? API freshwater test kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.

Ammonia: .25 before water change last night
Nitrite:0
Nitrate: was 20 before water change last night
pH:

Feeding
How often do you feed your fish? once a day
How much do you feed your fish? 1-6 smallsmall pe
What brand of food do you feed your fish?
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? sometimes freeze-dried bloodworms

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? 2 weeks
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? 2 days ago
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? betta is lethargic staying in a couple spots in the tank has red specs on the tips of his fins
Have you started any treatment for the illness? just water changes and turned the tank light off and filter off for a bit.
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? had a bit of popeye when I got him
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? the red specs appeared and he's been less active this week. not making his daily bubble nest anymore

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)


I have kept the ammonia down in the tank since it's cycling. every two days just about doing a water change. I switched the water conditioner back to what I was using before because I bought seachem prime off of Amazon so I thought maybe it was bad.
he likes to lean up against the filter intake so he's just been doing that all day so I turned it off thinking maybe it was damaging his fins. not sure what to do I just changed half the water again last night. but noticed today the red bits on his fin tips.
 

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It looks like the beginning of finrot, and it's possible that he is lethargic from ammonia poisoning. Instead of every other day, I would do a 25% water change every day and add enough Prime to detoxify the whole tank. It will bind the ammonia and nitrite to make it nontoxic for 24 hours. Try to vacuum the gravel, because there might be detritus that isn't clearly visible but is contributing to ammonia/nitrate.

Do you have any bottles of Tetra Safe Start or anything to kickstart the cycle with?
 
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Accents said:
It looks like the beginning of finrot, and it's possible that he is lethargic from ammonia poisoning. Instead of every other day, I would do a 25% water change every day and add enough Prime to detoxify the whole tank. It will bind the ammonia and nitrite to make it nontoxic for 24 hours. Try to vacuum the gravel, because there might be detritus that isn't clearly visible but is contributing to ammonia/nitrate.

Do you have any bottles of Tetra Safe Start or anything to kickstart the cycle with?
no I don't have anything like that but some nitrates have already shown up so I assume there should be some good stuff building up in there. I'll try to clean the gravel more, and switch to daily changes.
 

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I would try to get some, it's a live but bottled bacteria that should speed up the cycle.

The cycle is probably stateds, but the bacteria colony is probably petpre small so if there is debating matter in the substrate and a fish it may be overwhelming the colony.
 

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