Hi, my betta fish (crown tail, female) looks ill and i need some one to help me identify it, she moves fast, she eats food like the other ones but it has a white thing coming out from her body, from bottom and side and she looks a bit fat even tho i give her the same amount as i give to other ones. some one plz tell me what to do
Last edited by glok56; 08-28-2012 at 12:06 AM.
Poor girl. Looks like it could be Lymphocystis, or it could be a wound that opened up and ended up looking like this.
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What size is your tank?
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What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?
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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?
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
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When did you start noticing the symptoms?
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Hi and welcome to the forum, glok56. Filling out the form will really help but offhand, I agree with Olympia. Looks like lymphocystis. Google this and see if the pics match up to what you are seeing.
The only reason I tend to think it's lympho and not a wound is that she is acting normally. With a wound, I would feel that her behavior would be different. But then again, a betta girl on this forum lived for several months with a rather large hole in her side, quite happily and healthily, so anything can happen.
EDIT: Just got your answers. Is the tank divided with the males in separate sections? If not, I strongly suggest you remove the female for her own safety. Males and females can't live together. The male will harass the female constantly, believing that she will mate just because she is in the tank. I also suggest you divide the tank and separate the males, as male bettas will fight to the death.
Try to keep the tank warm, at least 78 F. You may need to get an adjustable 25w heater to do this.
For now, please put the female in a separate container. A rubbermaid shoebox will do. Add 1 tsp of aquarium salt per gallon to her water. You can get this at any pet store. Change her water every day and redo the salt.
i just saw that the wound has like red marks around it , i dont know im gussing and hoping that it is just a wound that she got maybe just swimming around her castle, but i never saw a blood come out of her so im gussing the whole is closed and not open for bacteria.... :/ what will the next stage in her illness be ? and how long will it take to get to it, bec it is night time here and the shopsare probibly closed by now
If it is bacterial, the wound will start to get fuzzy stuff around it (this is a fungus called saprolegnia) and her behavior may change. She may stop wanting to eat or swim around and she'll get lethargic. You probably have a few days before she gets critically ill if it is bacterial. But if you can get to a store tomorrow to get aquarium salt, that would be good.