Hi to all the betta lovers and care experts...I'm hoiping you can help me with Scotty. I posted here back in January about a strange growth he was developing near where his body meets his back tail. It was the same color as him (white), a bit bulbous, and was growing on both sides of his body. The consensus was that there wasn't much I could do unless it started affecting his daily quality of life. Well, the growth has continued to grow and today I noticed red spots - one on the growth itself and a couple on the ends of his fins. He hasn't been his normal happy self, and is spending his time resting on the bottom of the tank. Please help! What could this be, are there recommended treatments? Prognosis?
I've answered the required questions below...Scotty has been my office pet fish since October 2011.
What size is your tank? 2.5 Gal
What temperature is your tank? Currently, 77 degrees
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
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta Bio-gold pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3-4 pellets, twice per day - except on weekends when I'm not here
How often do you perform a water change? 50% once per week, 100% every month with a good gravel cleaning
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%-100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? API brand Tap water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? have not tested the water
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? bulbous growth near where the body meets the tail, combined with newly formed red spots.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? not swimming much at all, appears to slightly struggle to get to surface for food/air
When did you start noticing the symptoms? the growth has been getting progressively larger since January; the red spots are new.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no, suggestions are welcome!!!
Does your fish have any history of being ill? only the growth of the white bulbos thing
How old is your fish (approximately)? He's been living with me since Oct 2011.