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Old 09-08-2013, 12:54 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Help Dara Singh!

Dara Singh lives in a 5 gal heated tank. I don't have testing kits, but i am almost sure it's not cycled, but I change the water every weak (75%).

Does he have fin rot?

Also, notice there is a whitehead-pimple like thing on his fin. Any ideas's what it is? Anything will help!

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Old 09-08-2013, 01:02 AM   #2 
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It doesn't look like fin rot to me. If he's got any ripped fins it's probably because of any plastic plants in the tank, plastic plants are not something Betta fish should be with, their fins are very fragile.

Does the white thing look similar to these photos:
https://sphotos-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/h...07340905_n.jpg

Sort of like a cauliflower growth on the tail? If so, it's very possible he has Lymphocystis, which is not curable but can be contagious to other fish if they happen to have open wounds or a deficient immune system.

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Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?






Do any of these other photos look similar to what your fish is going through?

https://sphotos-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/h...90652498_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/h...87755212_n.jpg


Hopefully these photos show up for you, if not I can direct to elsewhere to see these images.
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:12 AM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 82*F
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None on purpose. The tank has developed a snail problem. I try to take them out every week, but they seem to multiply every week.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2-3 times a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? everyweek
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 75%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? chlorine conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? NO :(

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:Our city has hard water. :/
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? The fins aren't collapsed but there are thick-thread like fins which makes me think it's unhealthy.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No
When did you start noticing the symptoms? This week.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? 8-9 months
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:13 AM   #4 
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I think he does have lymphocytis. What do i do now? I do have a plastic plant in there.
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:34 AM   #5 
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If you could check your fish over with a very bright light, like a flashlight and look for any sign of ick (white spots) or anything out of the usual. Sometimes we can't see these things without a little bit of help from a nice bright light.

I suggest, when you do his water changes to add in Stress Coat+ by API. If you have a Petco, PetSmart or local pet store (not WalMart, they don't sell it there) they should sell it there. You can use it in place of your regular water conditioner since this stuff is a stress reliever and a water conditioner.

I would also suggest placing him in a 1 gallon container with a silk (fabric) plant and do daily water changes for 1 week adding 1 teaspoon of Aquarium Salt -fully dissolved- each time. I have had two fish with Lymph and this is the best way to keep him from having it spread even faster.

Here is a quote from my website on how to treat fish with this condition:
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Unfortunately, there is no known cure for lymphocystis. It is not contagious to other healthy fish, but if another fish in a community tank has a weakened immune system, or an open sore or wound, they may become susceptible to the disease, so it is best that if you have a fish with lymphocystis you keep it in it's own tank. The growth will most likely continue to grow until it becomes so bad that your fish's ability to swim is impaired and you have to put it to sleep, or it ruptures. Now, before you go looking for euthanasia methods, remember that a Betta can live for a long period of time (up to and in some cases over a year) with lymphocystis, with proper care. If your fish has lymphocystis, proper water care, and monthly aquarium salt baths will help him live a longer life. (For the salt baths, just have a separate 1 gallon QT for your betta, where you can start him out at 1 tsp/gal of aq salt, and over a course of 36 hours raise the concentration to 3 tsp/gal -that is raising the concentration by 1 tsp/gal every 12 hours- and then treating for 7 days).
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In the meantime break his tank down completely and do a 100% water change with hot water. Rinse the gravel and scrub the inside of the tank very well. This should eliminate your snail problem as well as cleanse it of anything harmful that may have been in there. Replace his plastic plant with a silk plant.
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