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Help Needed for my Betta

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I have had my betta for about 2 weeks now. I thought he was going to love his new home. First week, he swam all over the tank exploring all the different caves and plants. However, over the last three days, he hasn't moved and refuses to eat so now I'm really concerned.

My betta is either inside the floating log or right next to it (attached photo) and refuses to move from that position.

He was the last fish in the tank. I'm willing to set up a smaller 10g tank if need be. I thought maybe he got overwhelmed with size of the tank and/or the other fish in the tank? Is it something more serious? I am at a loss.


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What size is your tank? 60g
What temperature is your tank? 76.1F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes (Fluval G3)
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes (6" airstone)
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 15 ember tetra, 6 danios, 3 mystery snails

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? NLS Betta Pellets / Hikari Freeze Dried Bloodworms, Daphnia and Brine Shrimp
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once at night

How often do you perform a water change? weekly 15g change
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? See above
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem Prime

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 10ppm (lots of plants to soak up Nitrate)
pH: 7
Hardness: N/A
Alkalinity: N/A
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Sounds more like he is ill...If the amount of open space was an issue, he would have had this problem a lot earlier.
Agreed with Grah. I've certainly had bettas that couldn't (at least initially) deal with being in a real tank (and that includes 5 and 10 gallon tanks!) or with tankmates, but it's always an issue from the start, not something that crops up after a week. It's hard to see, but I don't see any evidence right off that he's been harassed by his tankmates, so I'm also going to go with sick. If you have something available, might move him to a small tank (make sure it's heated) where you can better observe him.
Sounds more like he is ill...If the amount of open space was an issue, he would have had this problem a lot earlier.
Any idea on what he might have? I looked at his fins and don't see any signs of fin rot. I looked for any signs of ich and couldn't locate anything. He hasn't moved from that spot in the picture below 5hrs ago. I'm worried.
how strong is the flow in the tank?
I don't think there's a whole lot. But he is hiding either in the log or on the opposite side of the cannister output.

Could the size of the tank be part of the issue as well? Too much room?
Every betta is different, but all of mine enjoy lots of plant cover. Your tank looks good, but not much in the way for stems for the betta to perch on. Mine love swimming through and hiding in the hygro. Might not be the tank size, but the amount of open space in the tank. Mine hide until I come up to the tank.

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