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Old 12-11-2017, 04:35 PM   #1
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Hey friends I need some advice on what to do for my betta. I recently went on vacation for a week. When I returned he's been literally just laying on the log, or substrate. Not swimming. Hardly even moves. When I do get him to come up is like he sinks like a rock right back to the bottom. He was fine before I left. I had a neighbor keep the sane feeding schedule with the fish I've been doing since they were taking care of my cat too. The day before I left I did a 50 percent change. Did everything like I usually do. Treated with prime and used the and ferts I normally do. I tested the water and the number are per usual for this tank. Phos is slightly higher though. The neons and loaches all seem fine. I have also had an increase of MTS numbers though. I'll put some pics before. I don't have a quarantine tank or all the equipment needed to put the betta separate from the main tank. Is there anything I can do? Any idea what's wrong? Thanks for the help.

Forget the pics. It won't let me

Latest test.
82 degrees
7.0 Ph
0.0 Ammonia
0.0 nitrite
.10 mg/l nitrate
,50 mg/l phos

The phos is running ,25 higher than usual.
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Any improvement?
No. My LFS said that he might be constipated and suggested squishing a pea into the tank as it can act as a laxative. However that was two days ago and still haven't seen improvement.
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It all looks fine on water - no chance he was over-fed while you were away? Or any temperature change? In a hospital tank you could also try lifting the temperature several degrees or light dosing Epsom salts or normal salt as things to try to nudge an improvement but quite difficult I find when itís something internal.
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Over feeding is possible and likely because I've seen a rather large spike in MTS numbers. If I had quarantine tank I would certainly use it. However I don't have that equipment currently. Temp has held steady at 82. Would increasing the temp and adding salts to my current tank hurt my tetra or loaches?
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Yes, Iíd agree - seems possible.

Iíve dosed both types of salt and had temperature well over 86 with no issues (not all at once of cause) but without a hospital tank will just have to try and see I think. Then water change / lower temp if other fish having issues. Easiest one would be just to try lifting temp several degrees first.
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Well some unfortunate news. My boy died. Not sure there what the cause was but I hope it doesn't affect the rest of the tank. Thanks for the help
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