What size is your tank? 6.6 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 79
Does your tank have a filter? yes until 2 days ago when I removed it due to suspected fluke infestation and because he would stay at the bottom when it was on.
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, lots of plants
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? New Life Spectrum Thera A
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x daily
How often do you perform a water change? now every 2 days, before with filtration 1x a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? prime, liquid vitamins & betta spa (IAL)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? patches of cloudy scales opaque white in appearance, missing scales and red patches and large growing smooth cyst bump above one eye that opened today
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? slowing down, hanging at the top or hanging at the bottom when the filtration was on
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 9 months ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
I have been treating him over the last 9 months with a variety of medications including: Potassium permanganate, praziquantenel (prazi pro), API general cure, copper sulfate, Betta Spa, Hikari's betta revive, aquarium salt, kanamyacin raising temperatures etc, never at the same time and with breaks in between treatments and at labeled dosages.
From the moment I received him (he is a thai aquabid import that was shipped) he has never been well. He was gasping for air and came infested with gill flukes. It is stated everywhere are impossible to eradicate but I did first try API general cure in the home tank according to instructions. When later the patches appeared I tried copper sulfate since it would not harm the filter. It was suggested to me that it was still flukes (and secondary infections) and to break down the entire tank and PP it, replace everything - plants, substrate decor, filter media, which I did and made the whole thing dark purple, let it dry and replaced everything.
During that time he was in a 5 gallon hospital tank (it is heated & filtered) where he received a 28 day stay with PP for the flukes, followed by Betta revive, since the active ingredients were suggested for the bacterial infections (the patches) that follow flukes. The patches never went away, but I returned him to the tank thinking his infections just needed time and a healthy environment to recover.
Over the months the patches slowly got worse and his scales started to come off and have red patches appear. I did not medicate since most diseases say they will go away with good water quality which I maintained. Then about 1 month ago I noticed a lump over his eye which grew slowly. The lump was smooth, with no cottony patches or signs of fungus. During this time, his tank was cycled, regularly maintained and had many plants.
REcently I put him back in the hospital tank, treated both the QT and home tank with prazi pro thinking it was still flukes. Then I treated his QT tank with kanamycin for 9 days as suggested for common infections following flukes. During the stay in the tank his head lump continuously has grown.
I put him back in his home tank after I again treated with Potassium permangante and drained and refilled. His bump opened today with a small hole. I am starting to get concerned it is fish TB because it has not responded to any recommended medications for any possible disease and he has been in a filtered, heated, maintained tank for 9 months.
The worst part is my other fish that live in larger well cycled and filtered planted tanks with perfect parameters are now showing slight signs of disease such as eye clouding and bloody self nipped fins and I would like to put one in the QT tank. BUt I am concerned if it is fish TB I need to throw away my QT tank and not use it for other fish.
Sorry for the novel I am at a loss... I spend 3x more time on my 3 fish than my 2 dogs and after 50+ hours of research I have no idea what I am dealing with. Everything with cysts and lumps ends with incurable. I don't have a lot of hope for his survival but I am also concerned about infecting my other fish and whether I need to dump his whole tank and QT tanks after his demise.
Thanks for reading this...