Hello-- This is the fish owner borrowing my brother's account.
Yes, unfortunately this has been going on for many weeks. A very slow progression that has obviously gotten ridiculously bad. I can't make excuses for not getting more aggressive in the treatment sooner. But we haven't been ignoring it. Our attempts at treatment have been unsuccessful. We've used Maracyn-Oxy and betta revive at different points as well as water changes with aquarium salts (which seem the most common suggestion). The behavior of the fish has been normal-- good appetite, active, not sluggish, very responsive. We're very fond of the fish and are really unsure what to do.
I'll answer the questions below.
We very much appreciate your input an help. I'm really at a loss at what to do. The fish just keeps getting gradually worse. I assume I need something far more aggressive than what we've been doing. But if we can't stop the disease progression, it's hard to watch this thing seem to eat our fish alive.
Originally Posted by wystearya
Wow, sorry to say but that looks bad! Has this just come on all of a sudden? If so then whatever it is will likely need aggressive treatment.
I also must ask though, has this gone on for a long time? The poor fish just looks like this has progressed pretty far. :/
Here is the form:
What size is your tank?
10 gallon tank
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Yes. The filter and aerator are one unit
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
Has the tank to himself.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
it's called 'betta food'-- it's dried pellets. Whole fish meal. Describes a bunch of different ingredients
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Twice a day. 6-7 pellets. He would clearly eat more often.
How often do you perform a water change?
Every couple of weeks
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
90% the last two water changes. Did a full change the one previous.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Only ever tested the ammonia which was normal. We do have pretty hard water.
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
He's acted happy and healthy for many weeks, despite symptoms. Did have a couple of bad periods-- see below
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
many weeks ago. Started as a small white spot.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
water changes, maracyn oxy, betta revive
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
The fish previously had fin rot-- acted very sluggish and sick. Treated successfully with water changes and the maracyn. Went into another sluggish period month or two ago-- after the appearance of the white nastiness-- but recovered from that fully with water changes (at least behavior wise)
How old is your fish (approximately)?
Don't know for sure. Was an adult when we bought it. But we've had him well over a year.
I will be hoping for the best!