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Old 02-27-2013, 08:44 PM   #1 
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EMERGENCY treatment help???

Hello, I am a newly registered user. I feel like my betta has every disease ever, all at once. I first noticed a white, fuzzy, tiny spot under his bottom lip a couple weeks ago. I did a water change and added some aquarium salt, and kept an eye on it. Shortly after, I fed him dried blood worms (as usual) and he went for them, but couldn't get them in his mouth! So I fed him some micro pellets and he handled them just fine. Now he doesn't even try to go for the blood worms, but still does just fine with the micro pellets. His behavior is otherwise NORMAL and his energy level is NORMAL. I noticed this week that the little white fuzzy spot is gone, but now his mouth looks like it's full with a large tumor like bump in his bottom lip. Both lips are asymmetrical and swollen. The tumor thing is kind of bleedy and spreading. The fuzzy white is all over his lips now. His body also looks a LITTLE bit hairy, but not really. Over the past couple of weeks I've done water changes and salt baths, maintained the temperature, and I've also added a tiny amount of FUNGUS BLOCK from PetsMart. (the green tablets; I crushed one up and only added a tiny amount to account for his 1 gal bowl.) I'm at a loss. I really love this betta and don't want him to die!!! I will say that I have no clue how old he is. I saved him from a community tank at a Petco and nursed his fins back (the other fish nipped off his fins!). He's a bright, solid red, king betta. His name is Reggie (after Reggie Noble aka Redman). PLEASE HELP! p.s. How do I attach a photo?
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:17 PM   #2 
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Photos and more info please:

Here is some general info for you:

bettas need to be kept in 2 gallons minimum. In these twice weekly water changes of 50% and 100% are needed. Bettas kept in 1 gallon containers live an average of about 2 years compared to double that+ in larger containers. The 1 gallon would need 3 weekly water changes of 50%, 50% and 100%, and even then they will be subjected to ammonia.

The 50% changes the betta can be kept in the bowl and use a turkey baster to remove half the water and as much of the debris as possible. For the 100% you need to remove him - scoop him out with a plastic solo type cup and set aside while you thoroughly rinse the bowl and gravel to remove the debris. Then he should be acclimated to the new water by floating for an hour while you slowly add a couple tablespoons of new water to the cup every 10 minutes. When you release him, try to let as little of the old cup water back into the tank as possible. All water changes should use same temp water, matched to running tap using the in tank thermometer and the water needs to be premixed with conditioner before adding it to the betta tank. If you don't already have anything, you can use gallon water jugs from the grocery store - rinsed thoroughly in hot water but no chems.

Bettas are tropical fish and must be kept at a temp between 76-82, with 78-80 being ideal. The temp must be stable and not be dipping or jumping around. In a 2 gallon you can get an adjustable 25w heater. Any new heater should be tested for 24 hours in similar size container with in tank thermometer to make sure it will hold a constant appropriate temp between 78-80F. Then the betta must be acclimated to higher temp either by floating in a cup inside the main already fully heated tank for an hour, or by adjusting the heater to increase the temperature of the tank no more than a degree per hour and 5 degrees per day.

Flakes aren't good nutritional value, and especially with something this small they muck up the water quickly cuasing excess ammonia. You should look for a good quality pellets whose first two or three ingredients are whole fish, not fish meal or wheat. He should be fed two small meals a day (how many depends on the pellet you pick up) and one fast day a week.
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