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I have a betta fish in a cycled 5 gallon tank with a apple snail (just added), but it is just lying there on the bottom, and when ever I tap on the glass, it gets up, swims around a little bit, and then lies down again. What's wrong?
 

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Could you provide info on how long you have had the fish, how long this behaviour has been going on, etc?, pls. Thx, rick
 

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What are your water parameters? Does the betta show any other signs of illness? Also, might be wrong, but I thought that apple snails get pretty big, are you talking about a mystery snail?
 
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BornThisWayBettas said:
What are your water parameters? Does the betta show any other signs of illness? Also, might be wrong, but I thought that apple snails get pretty big, are you talking about a mystery snail?
Yeah.
 

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BornThisWayBettas said:
?Also, might be wrong, but I thought that apple snails get pretty big, are you talking about a mystery snail?
From what I know they get pretty big, I've seen some pictures with the snail the size of a persons hand...
 

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Water parameters?
 
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ricmcc said:
Could you provide info on how long you have had the fish, how long this behaviour has been going on, etc?, pls. Thx, rick

I rescued it from petco on Monday, since this morning, ammonia 0.0 ppm. I cycled it by putting filter in my cycled guppy tank for three weeks.
 
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I moved in the mystery snail from the guppy tank a few hours ago because there was a lot of extra food that the betta refused to eat.
 

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Watts Mason said:
I rescued it from petco on Monday, since this morning, ammonia 0.0 ppm. I cycled it by putting filter in my cycled guppy tank for three weeks.
What test kit is being used and what are the nitrites and nitrates?
 
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BornThisWayBettas said:
What test kit is being used and what are the nitrites and nitrates?
I don't know.
 

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Watts Mason said:
I don't know.
Hmm, then how did you know the ammonia levels? Just curious. Okay, well, um, is there any way to get the water tested?
 

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Watts Mason if you want us to give you a good answer on what may be wrong, you have to cooperate just a little bit. I hate to sound rude but you're being awfully vague about some things here, please try to give us as many details as possible.

Like what BTWB asked, what are the Nitrite and Nitrate levels? Those are important to know because for one Nitrite is lethal and so is Nitrate in really high levels.

If you're using strips, those are horribly inaccurate so most of us recommend the API Freshwater Master Test Kit since it is a liquid test and therefore more accurate.
 

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Watts Mason said:
I rescued it from petco on Monday, since this morning, ammonia 0.0 ppm. I cycled it by putting filter in my cycled guppy tank for three weeks.
I take it that you mean that you got the fish this past Monday, and posted about its being ill the following day?
It would sound, obviously, like the fish was ill at the time that you obtained it. You might return it to Petco for replacement, or attempt to treat it. The problem with treatment is that there is no guarantee that it will work, especially as the symptoms that you describe (general listlessness, lack of appetite) are seen in so many disorders that you will be basically treating an illness without knowing just which illness is being treated.
I hate to sound so defeatist, but I think that replacement might be your better option.
Best of luck, rick

Btw, when you say that you rescued the fish, am I correct in thinking that you are referring to the terrible conditions that betas are normally kept in at big box stores, or to something more specific, such as the fish already looking a little off colour? Also, I should have asked earlier, but has there been any painting, gluing, use of areasols near the tank recently?
 

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I heard bettas lie down at the bottom when they're cold; do you have a heater?
 
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August 6th: Woke up to find a moldy Betta fish.
I am selling all of .
 

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Oh no! I'm so sorry for your loss, darling. :'( :console:
 

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Aw so sorry!!!!!

Good luck with any future fish though
 
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