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Old 09-08-2013, 09:51 AM   #1 
Join Date: Aug 2013
red spots spreading sick fish please help

when i got up to feed emerald he was floating at the top of his tank face up tail down and not very responsive to my finger and the red dots has spread to all his other fins and his fin is torn where the two first dots and he also look bloated in the area between his head and anal fin are and isnt really eating hes just sitting at the bottom of his tank not really swimming around much im really worried i have no idea whats wrong please help
What size is your tank? 10 gallon divided tank but i took him out and put him in my 1/2 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 72
Does your tank have a filter?no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?no
Is your tank heated?no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?another betta fish on the other side of a divided 10 gallon

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?new life spectrum betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish?3-4 pellets once a day

How often do you perform a water change?once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?prime

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


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?his fins are covered in red spots and hes bloated
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?he just floats and is not responsive when i feed him
When did you start noticing the symptoms?yesterdayYesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?no i have no idea how
Does your fish have any history of being ill?no
How old is your fish (approximately)?got him august 31st from petco
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Old 09-08-2013, 11:33 AM   #2 
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I answered on your other thread (here).

It sounds like Septicemia.

Kanaplex (kanamycin) would be the antibiotic I recommend. Some fish stores may have it, but many don't. It's also available online, but this means waiting for it to arrive.

If you can't get Kanaplex, try one of these:
- API Furan 2 or Bifuran or Jungle Fungus Clear
- API Triple Sulfa or Mardel Maracyn Plus (must be Plus) - do not use these if you are allergic to Sulfa drugs!
- Tetracycline

Septicemia can be caused by several different pathogens. So if one antibiotic doesn't work, you may need to try another.

For this reason, I'd probably choose one of the sulfa drugs (API Triple Sulfa or Mardel Maracyn PLUS), since they are effective against a wide range of organisms.

(Do not use sulfa drugs if you are allergic to them though.)
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