Weak female betta with blood red head

i bought a female betta from the petstore. she had a crooked spine from being cramped up for so long and was weak. she will eat still. she laid on her side earlier but got back up. i don't think she will make it through the night. also her whole head is turning blood red. i noticed that she had red gills from ammonia in her tiny cup. she just fell asleep. i don't know what to do!

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1 week ago #2
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Hi guppystorm I'm sorry your fish is unwell. What kind of tank set up have you got for him? Is it heated and filtered? I think you need to do a 50% water change right now and each day for a week or so because it sounds like he has ammonia burns from being in the cup for so long in the pet store. Good clean water will help a lot. Don't forget to match the fresh water with the same temp and conditioned water. Can you do a water test for ammonia, nitrates and nitrites and put it up on here please?

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1 week ago #3
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The bent spine is most likely due to toxins that built up in the cup and the LFS failed to do regular water changes.

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6 days ago #4
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she is still alive. her tank is heated and she is swimming right now. i am getting a filter today. i cannot test my tank's water but i did a 50 percent water chance for her. she seems to be doing better than she was last night. her gills are getting less red but why is her head turning red?

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6 days ago #5
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she is floating vertically like the betta in the picture. [not my picture] and she is super skinny and emaciated, her stomach curves in. could she have fish TB?

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6 days ago #6
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now she is laying on the bottom

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6 days ago #7
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guppystorm wrote:

she is floating vertically like the betta in the picture. [not my picture] and she is super skinny and emaciated, her stomach curves in. could she have fish TB?:unsure:

Is this the fish you're talking about? Is this his normal tank he lives in? It is a male by the way!

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5 days ago #8
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no i just chose that picture because the male was doing what my female is doing. sorry. does she have a swimbladder problem? what is the red rash all over her face?. it makes her look funny and slightly disturbing

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5 days ago #9
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i think it might be costia. how do you treat it?

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5 days ago #10
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What size is the tank?

I think it is reacting to poor water quality. Could have started in the cup.

What color is the fish? They do change color as they mature.

Partial water changes everyday with conditioner. Bettas really dont get weird diseases. It's usually the water quality and size of the tank.

Do you have a filter yet?

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5 days ago #11
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Also, most all bettas do have dark red gills and as they have large gills they show up easily.

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5 days ago #12
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I figured out that she had septicemia. she is in a hospital tank with a filter and bubbler, I made sure it was low current. I gave her the right meds and she is starting to swim around again and is less pale.

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5 days ago #13
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this redness on her appeared about an hour after i got her during acclimation. i think being in the car for 5 hours made her slightly sicker and has not gone away but faded a bit since i gave her medicine.

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