I just got a new beta fish shipped to my house about 1 week ago. I acclimated him and did everything as noted by the

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Customer: Hi, I just got a new beta fish shipped to my house about 1 week ago. I acclimated him and did everything as noted by the breeder. Just now I started to notice his colors changing. He was mostly red and now I see more of a blue tint and a little pale. I tested his water and it seems to be good. He’s also not eating and only swims to get some air.
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. A lack of appetite can seem worrying. Does the betta fish also seem more tired than usual?
Customer: Yes, he seems to be resting a lot on the floor to his tank
JA: Does the betta fish seem to be in any pain?
Customer: no
JA: What's the betta fish's name and age?
Customer: his name is ***** ***** I don’t know his age
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Star?
Customer: he’s not very active and is starting to show tiny signs of rips in his tail
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is he in a bowl or filtered  tank?

Customer
Filtered tank

what is the water temp?

Customer
80 F

please give me 15 minutes to type answer

Customer
Okay

I am sorry Star is not himself.

Due to inbreeding Bettas have very weak immune   systems leading to fin and  tail rot.

Lethargy can be a sign of a few things and they are:

1) unfavorable water conditions

2) old age which for a betta would be anything 2+ years

3) disease

What I recommend be done is change 30% of the water in the tank using dechlorinated water that is the same temperature as the water already in the tank.

Verify that the water temperature is at the proper level for bettas which is 80f/26c degrees if not then slowly adjust it until it reaches the proper temperature.

Ammonia and nitrites must be zero

Nitrates 20 ppm or less.

PH 7

Aquarium salt should be added at the rate of one teaspoon per gallon of water in the tank. Salt can make a prolapse go back in, but it also helps with fin and tail rot.

The rot is usually caused  bacteria, so we'll also need medication to eliminate them.

Kanaplex, furan 2 or Maracyn oxy

here are a couple of other things you can do to support the regrowth of healthy fin tissue. These are safe with the medications. One is a supplement called VitaChem, which you'd probably have to order online. Here is a reputable source.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=4998

StressCoat (available in most pet stores) may also help. VitaChem and StressCoat can be used in conjunction with medicated food or medications in the water.

https://www.chewy.com/api-stress-coat-aquarium-water/dp/122094?utm_id=272255476&msclkid=e581ef57e7361e3369a4b1a9f38b994c&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Shopping-Product%20Targets-Consumables-NB&utm_term=4585307088206118&utm_content=Fish%20Water%20Conditioners

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uGsQMNc5vw

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Terri

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