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Old 08-30-2013, 11:07 PM   #431 
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Very helpful info, thanks!
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:08 AM   #432 
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My fish has a small patch of grey on his gills and has trouble staying upright. I can't see any other areas of infection. Could it be this horrible disease? This is urgent I need to know as quickly as possible.
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:22 AM   #433 
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Hi DalekDYE,

There are lots of potential causes for discoloration and buoyancy issues. Many (most) of them are from minor health issues. For example, your Betta's buoyancy issues could simply be due to constipation or overfeeding.

I recommend that you start a new thread for your Betta. Explain what's going on. Copy and paste the information from this sticky into your post so we have a clear idea of what's going on.

But again, what you've described so far sounds like a minor digestive issue which might require a day of fasting or a food brand change.
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:31 PM   #434 
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Has it been determined what this is exactly? Because I fear my female may have it...

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=270514
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:56 PM   #435 
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What can I do for my constipated beta?
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:58 PM   #436 
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Hi chicklette:

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Old 09-22-2013, 08:32 AM   #437 
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What causes this disease?
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:37 AM   #438 
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There are potentially two diseases.....

Mycobacteria is what affected Coppermoon's and Basement Betta's fish. This was verified via laboratory analysis.

Then there's the "graphite disease" which causes the fins to turn gray (graphite-colored), followed by death within 48 hours. So far, I haven't seen anything definite on whether this is also caused by the same type of Mycobacteria, or if it's caused by something else.

I would treat cases of both Mycobacterial infection and "graphite disease" similarly until we know more. This means following strict protocols in terms of disinfecting the tank and equipment, and preventing cross-contamination between tanks. (Bleach is not effective on Myco!)

Also, Mycobacteria spp is one of the few diseases that can cause illness in humans, so protect yourself by wearing gloves. (It can cause nasty sores on your hands if it gets into the tissues.)

Don't touch fish that may be infected with this. If they die, put them into a plastic bag. (Better yet, double-bag them!) Dispose of the body in the trash. (Do not put them into a nearby lake, etc. Doing this can contaminate the water, and cause other fish to become sick.)
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:46 AM   #439 
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You can also burn the bodies, since myco is not spread in the air and high temperatures kill it.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:00 AM   #440 
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I wish I would have seen this thread earlier. All of our blue betta females my lovely oracles except for Seagrass are all dead. I already disposed of their bodies. I'm hoping and crossing my fingers that the others that are left do not suffer this fate at all.
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