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Old 08-28-2012, 12:01 AM   #1 
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Help me please

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

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Old 08-28-2012, 12:23 AM   #2 
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Hey there,
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 temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
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How often do you feed your betta fish?

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How often do you perform a water change?
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?

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Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:30 AM   #3 
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my tank is 5-10 gallon tank
the temp is between 76-68F
it does have a filter
it dosnt not have air stone or somting of that sort
it is not heated
she lives with 2 half moon males

i feed them dead freezed words like 3-4 to each fish
i feed them once at 10 am


i change water every 3 weeks
i take out almost half of water like 60%
i add conditioner (splendid Betta)

no, i have not tested the water


the white things apeared on bottom and side
behavior did not change
like a day ago
no, becouse im sceared that i might do more damage to her
no she hasnt been ill before
she is about 3-4 months old

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Old 08-28-2012, 12:30 AM   #4 
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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.

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Old 08-28-2012, 12:35 AM   #5 
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i looked at the pictures in google and most of the "bubbles" on thefisheswhere closed the one on her is like opened or exploded i dont know... :/ it is like opened
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:37 AM   #6 
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oh ok i will remove her right now and the tank is divided , would that virus spread to the other ones?
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:48 AM   #7 
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Lymphocystis is contagious, yes, so you probably want to keep her separate. It is, overall, a nonfatal disease so she probably won't die from it as long as the wound is kept clean.

Sometimes the cysts in lymphocystis do burst if the fish happens to bump against something. This is when a secondary bacterial infection can creep in and that can cause some real harm.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:54 AM   #8 
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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
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:03 AM   #9 
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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.
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:12 AM   #10 
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ok thank u so much for all your help :) i will do every thing to save my little friend :D
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