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My Betta has been sick for about two weeks. I am scared to just give Hume an antibiotic because he "might" have one thing or another. He is staying on the bottom of his 5 gallon tank, doesnt eat much, and his body is all truned. He has his head looking up. I did a water change 4 days ago and have only feed him once since, due to the food just floating at the top, and he isn't getting any better. I have a filtration system in the tank and I keep reading different things that I shouldn't run it then I read elsewhere that I should. I have it running now do the food at th top of the tank.  I have attached some pictures. He has lost a few scales and does look a little gray. Ang suggestions?

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Ashley,
I am thinking that he does not have a heater in his tank. This usually happens when their water is too cold. Make sure his water is no cooler than 80 degrees at all times. Once you get his water at the right temperature, you should see a huge change in him. I would also add some aquarium salt to his water at a ratio of 1 tablespoon per 1 gallon of water.

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I have 30+ years experience in freshwater aquariums, including the 23 years I was in the Marine Corps. I am very knowledgeable in fresh water aquariums and can answer any question regarding them. Currently I am breeding Betta's and can answer any question that pertains to them. I am very knowledgeable in the cycling of an aquarium from start to finish. I know all about filters, and currently make my own. If I do not know the answer to your question, I will research it and give you the information that I find. I am also knowledgeable in freshwater diseases and can tell you what needs to be done to treat them.FYI......I am male not female. Don't let the name fool ya. lol

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I have had aquariums all my life and have had many different types of fish.

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The only education I have is from both raising the fish and reading everything I can find about them.

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